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.
Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Thunersee. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Basel: St. Beatus Hoehlen (in Sundlauenen), Bern (Mosesbrunnen, Bundesplatz, &more) and Swiss Chocolate Chalet (in Interlaken). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, examine the collection at HoosesaggMuseeum, take a stroll through Basel's Old Town, and make a trip to Town Hall.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Basel online tour 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. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington in May: highs in Basel hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) 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 Lake Lucerne. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Morgarten Denkmal (in Morgarten), Lucerne (Biosphaere Entlebuch, Lion Monument, &more) and Grindelwald (First Cliff Walk by Tissot, Grindelwald-First, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, and take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Zurich tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Basel to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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