20 days in Basel & Zurich Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Basel
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Zurich
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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.
Get outdoors at Parasailing & Paragliding and Creux du Van. Explore Basel's surroundings by going to Galerie Wydi (in Wilderswil), Parc Elfenau (in Biel) and Artilleriewerk Faulensee (in Faulensee). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, get engrossed in the history at Basel Paper Mill - Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing, and take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten).

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Basel online tour 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. In March, daily temperatures in Basel can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can 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.
Get in touch with nature at Lake Zurich and Lake Lucerne. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Grindelwald (Grindelwald-First & First Cliff Walk by Tissot), Lake Brienz (in Brienz) and Kriens (Schachmuseum & Mt Pilatus). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, identify plant and animal life at Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi, and wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Zurich road trip website.

Traveling by car from Basel to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Zurich sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 34°F at night. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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