“She’s a Nazi, She’s a Nazi, She’s a Nazi Way oh Way” – Switzerland (Cheatzerland) supporters.
This was a weird one, as I have only ever been to Switzerland twice in my life and both times have such similarities to them.
- They were both in years ending in 7.
- I also visited a wacaday republic on each trip (2007 – Liechtenstein, 2017 – Romkerhall).
- They were both to watch Northern Ireland away matches
- We were unbeaten and the better team in both matches (4-1 v. Liechtenstein, 0-0 v. Cheatzerland)
So after a train through Poland, Germany and Romkerhall, I arrived at the train station in Basel and headed to check in to the Urban Hostel Culture before the big match – Northern Ireland’s first World Cup play-off since 1958 (when we beat Czechoslovakia to make the Quarter Finals).
In Basel, I chose to stay at the Urban Hostel Culture. I don’t really like writing detailed posts for boring countries and places I don’t like, but if you do ever decide to head to Basel, then here are five reasons to stay at the Urban Hostel Culture.
1.Cosy front lounge area
You can chill out in the front lounge area. Tea and coffee, Wi-Fi, chat to fellow tourists.
Switzerland is not cheap and so it’s nice to be able to save money and stay here at the Urban Hostel Culture.
3.Away from the tourists
It’s miles from the city on a remote side street, so no issues bumping into other tourists! Switzerland is a tad boring to me and I never get enthusiastic about it, even including it in my toilet brown excrement list of bottom 7 countries to backpack! It was on Dornacherstrasse in a random area, the one advantage it had though was that it was only a 10-15 minute walk from the main train station.
4.Safe, clean dorms
I only had one night here but as I was out of the hostel most of the day and night, at football and in the bars, I needed to lock up my stuff. Safe lockers are provided in each dorm.
For the 10 minutes I was actually in the hostel and not sleeping, the Wi-Fi was fast. In fact I booked my onward trains and buses using it. Here are some more photos from my time in Basel, as I didn’t take too many in the hostel itself.
Here are the details for booking a room here:
Here are some videos from my time in Basel, Switzerland: