20 days in Basel & Zurich Itinerary

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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. Explore Basel's surroundings by going to Magdalena Hermitage (in Dudingen), Interlaken (Albert Schild AG - Swisssouvenir & Swissraft Activity) and Bern (Kunstmuseum Bern, Bundesplatz, &more). There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Creux du Van, don't miss a visit to Town Hall, take a stroll through Basel's Old Town, and admire the masterpieces at Museum Tinguely.

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Washington DC, USA to Basel is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Basel is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in November, expect Basel to be slightly colder, temps between 51°F and 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Get in touch with nature at Lake Zurich and Mt Pilatus. Venture out of the city with trips to Winterthur Trail (in Winterthur), Kuessnacht am Rigi (Ruine Gesslerburg & Seilpark Rigi) and Lucerne (Kornmarkt, Lion Monument, &more). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Old Town, make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Titlis, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

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Traveling by car from Basel to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Zurich sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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