20 days in Basel & Zurich Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Basel
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Basel
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Zurich
— 12 nights
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Basel — 7 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 Aare River. Change things up with these side-trips from Basel: Schlosskirche (in Interlaken), Spiezer Rundwanderweg (in Spiez) and St. Beatus Hoehlen (in Sundlauenen). There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Zoo Basel, identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, make a trip to Clock Tower - Zytglogge, and get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Basel trip itinerary builder site.

Washington, USA to Basel is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington in April: highs in Basel hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Zurich.
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Zurich — 12 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 Lake Lucerne. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Seilpark Rigi (in Kuessnacht am Rigi), Michaelskreuz Kapelle (in Root) and Lucerne (Rigi, Musegg Wall, &more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Pilatus, take a stroll through Old Town, make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Zurich day trip site.

You can drive from Basel to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.
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