10 days in Lugano & Basel Itinerary

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Fly to Milan Malpensa, Train to Lugano
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Lugano
— 4 nights
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Basel
— 5 nights
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Lugano — 4 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Kids will enjoy Lake Lugano and Parco Ciani. Monte San Giorgio and Santa Maria degli Angioli are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: get great views at Monte San Salvatore, explore the world behind art at LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, learn more about the world around you at Museo Cantonale di Storia Naturale, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria Immacolata.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lugano road trip app.

Dublin, Ireland to Lugano is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Lugano is 1 hour. Traveling from Dublin in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Lugano: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Basel.
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Basel — 5 nights

Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Kids will enjoy Old Town and Lake Zurich. Get some cultural insight at Basel Minster and Verkehrshaus der Schweiz. Explore Basel's surroundings by going to Mt Pilatus (in Kriens), Zurich (Bahnhofstrasse & Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich) and Lucerne (Chapel Bridge, Lion Monument, &more). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Basel, visit Basel's Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Offene Kirche Elisabethen, and see the interesting displays at Basel Paper Mill - Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Basel online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Lugano to Basel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Basel can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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