Perhaps the title of this post is a bit misleading. If you’ve already been abroad, especially to other places in Europe, then you probably won’t find the tiny town of Bad Säckingen awe-inspiring. However, it was the first international place I ever saw, and for that reason, it will always be one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen.
The town has a population of a little less than 17,000, so unless you personally know someone who lives there, you’ve probably never even heard of Bad Säckingen. But if you’re in the area, I would definitely recommend a pit stop here! While the town itself doesn’t have any amazing sites to see that you can’t find in most other German towns, it is right on the border with Switzerland. In fact, half of the houses in the picture above are actually in Switzerland, not Germany.
While in Bad Säckingen, you can stroll along the Rhine River. The water was freezing cold when we dipped our toes in it, but it’s a beautiful jade green color. If you’re feeling adventurous, there are places to rent kayaks to take on the river.
You can also take a short stroll across the bridge to visit Switzerland. The bridge is free and open to the public. (Two of my favorite things!) There is a thick white line on the bridge marking the border between the two countries. Because A Walk to Remember is one of my favorite movies, I just had to snap a picture of myself standing in two countries at once. Definitely a bucket list item!
The Swiss counterpart to Bad Säckingen is just as tiny. There aren’t any super amazing sites to see, but it’s very relaxing to just wander the cobblestone streets and explore. There are stores selling postcards and lots of ice cream shops in case you need to cool down.
If you do need an ice cream break, make sure to try spaghetti ice cream. It looks strange but it’s delicious. It’s made with vanilla ice cream, strawberry sauce, and white chocolate crumbles. You can brag to all your friends that you’ve tried the strangest ice cream treat out there!
Bad Säckingen is a city that is widely undiscovered by tourists. If you want to visit a German town without a huge crowd and get to know the locals, definitely consider Bad Säckingen. It has a lot of charm and is a place I called home for three weeks.
There are lots of other amazing German towns that I got to explore during my time there. Look out for future posts on those! 🙂