Basle, Zürich, Schaffhausen... Big and lively towns, but the countryside is nice too, and you have to see the magnificent Rhine Waterfalls and the ancient Augusta Raurica.

With its landscape shaped by the Aare River and the Jura Mountains, its picturesque old town, and its central location between Zurich, Basel and Lucerne, Aarau is a very attractive city, real worth the visit.
Augusta Raurica
An ancient Roman colony, now an open-air museum, located on the south bank of the Rhine river, about 20 km east of Basel, near the villages of Augst and Kaiseraugst. Beautiful mosaics and the biggest Roman theater north of the Alps. Quite amazing!
Switzerland's third most populous city, Basle is located on the Rhine River, at the crossroads of Switzerland, France and Germany. It's a very important tourist destination and its carnival (Fasnacht) is renowned all over the world.
With a population of around 82,000, the historical town of Constance (Konstanz) is the largest town on Lake Constance (Bodensee). It is situated in Germany, just on the Swiss border. Nowadays a lively university town, it has kept a big and picturesque old town.
The entire old city of Laufen, formerly belonging to Jura, is part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites and it's worth the visit. And as this little town is ideally situated between the Jura and the Rhine River, it's a good starting point to explore the north of Switzerland.
Situated on the Rhine, about half way between Basle and Schaffhausen, Laufenburg is a strange little city, split in two: on the south side of the river you are in Switzerland, on the north side in Germany, both cities being connected by a pedestrian bridge without customs.
Capital of the canton of Basel-Landschaft (Basle Countryside), the little city of Liestal features an old town which is listed in the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites and is worth the visit.
The Rhine Falls (Rheinfall in German) are one of the largest waterfalls in Europe. Situated near Schaffhausen, on the border with canton of Zürich, they are 150m (450ft) wide and 23m (75ft) high. Very impressive! One of the most important tourist destinations in Switzerland.
Dominated by the impressive Munot Fortress, Schaffhausen is situated on the Rhine River, not far from the famous Rhine Waterfalls. The old town is magnificent, with many guild houses and as it's a pedestrian zone, you'll walk peacefully counting the oriels... There are 171 of them!
Stein am Rhein
Situated at the end of Lake Constance, where the lake becomes the Rhine River again, a little town with a well-preserved mediaeval centre, where many of the buildings are painted with beautiful frescoes. One of the must-sees of Northern Switzerland.
Zurich, biggest city of Switzerland, will appeal above all to city tourists, but its location and the quality of its transport links also make it an ideal starting point for visiting the whole of eastern Switzerland.
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