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.
Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Barenpark. Change things up with these side-trips from Basel: Interlaken (Buchhandlung Boedeli & Rom.-Katholische Kirchgemeinde), Bern (Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, Tierpark Bern, &more) and Musee Espace Paysan Horloger (in Les Bois). There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Creux du Van, get engrossed in the history at Basel Paper Mill - Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing, take a memorable tour with Seilpark Balmberg, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Basel.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Basel tour itinerary website.

Washington, USA to Basel is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Basel. In March, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time 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. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Bergbahnen Beckenried-Emmetten AG (in Beckenried), Lucerne (Rigi, Kornmarkt, &more) and Seebad Mit Strand Am Vierwaldstattersee (in Kuessnacht am Rigi). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grindelwald-First, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and admire the sheer force of Rhine Falls.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Zurich online road trip planner.

Getting from Basel to Zurich by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 34°F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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