20 days in Basel & Zurich Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Basel
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Basel
— 6 nights
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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. Get out of town with these interesting Basel side-trips: Golf Club Interlaken-Unterseen (in Unterseen), St. Beatus Hoehlen (in Sundlauenen) and Swiss Mountain Market Unique Regional Souvenirs (in Interlaken). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, don't miss a visit to Town Hall, get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten).

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Basel trip itinerary builder tool.

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. Traveling from Washington in May, you will find days in Basel are a bit cooler (67°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car 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 Mt Pilatus and Lake Zurich. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Brienz (Axalp & Lake Brienz), Giessbachfälle (in Giessbach) and Lucerne (Biosphaere Entlebuch, Lake Lucerne, &more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Old Town, get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse, admire the sheer force of Rhine Falls, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Zurich route tool.

Traveling by car from Basel to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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