20 days in Basel & Zurich Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Basel
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Basel
— 5 nights
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Zurich
— 14 nights
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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.
Visiting Parasailing & Paragliding and Thunersee will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Swiss Mountain Market Unique Regional Souvenirs (in Interlaken), Emmentaler Schaukaeserei (in Affoltern im Emmental) and Bern (Mosesbrunnen, Rose Garden (Rosengarten), &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Basel Minster, take an in-depth tour of Basel Paper Mill - Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing, make a trip to Town Hall, and take in panoramic vistas at Gurten.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Basel online day trip planner.

Washington, USA to Basel is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In February in Basel, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zurich.
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Zurich — 14 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get in touch with nature at Lake Zurich and Uetliberg Mountain. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Engelberg (Ski School Active Snow Team Engelberg, Titlis, &more), Lucerne (Chapel Bridge, Rigi, &more) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). And it doesn't end there: enjoy some music at Alpenbad, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, look for all kinds of wild species at Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, and fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner.

Traveling by car from Basel to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Zurich, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 34°F at night. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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