20 days in Basel & Zurich Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Basel
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Zurich
— 13 nights
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Basel — 6 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 Rochers des Sommetres will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Basel: Interlaken (The Mad Cow & Kunsthaus), Bern (Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), Kleine Schanze, &more) and Creux du Van (in Gorgier). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Basel Minster, stroll through Fondation pour le cheval Le Roselet, see the interesting displays at Basel Paper Mill - Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing, and admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Basel trip maker.

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. In March in Basel, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Zurich.
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Zurich — 13 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Take a break from the city and head to Lake Zurich and Titlis. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Fortress Furigen (in Stansstad), Lucerne (Hofkirche, Lake Lucerne, &more) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Old Town, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, and take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Zurich day trip planning site.

You can drive from Basel to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Zurich are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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