20 days in Basel & Zurich Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Basel
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Basel
— 4 nights
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Zurich
— 15 nights
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Basel — 4 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.
Visiting Parasailing & Paragliding and St. Beatus Hoehlen will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Basel: Albert Schild AG - Swisssouvenir (in Interlaken), Bern (Rose Garden (Rosengarten), UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, &more) and Panorama Rundweg Thunersee (in Sigriswil). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Basel, wander the streets of Basel's Old Town, and don't miss a visit to Town Hall.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Basel trip planner.

Washington, USA to Basel is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Basel is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington in May, you will find days in Basel are little chillier (67°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Zurich.
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Zurich — 15 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get in touch with nature at Mt Pilatus and Titlis. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Festung Vitznau (in Vitznau), Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Glacier Garden Lucerne (Gletschergarten), &more) and Titlis Cliff Walk (in Engelberg). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Basel to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Zurich are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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