29 days in Basel & Zurich Itinerary

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Basel — 5 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 in touch with nature at Parasailing & Paragliding and Aare River. Venture out of the city with trips to Gurten (in Wabern), Bern (Bundesplatz, Ryfflibrunnen, &more) and Freiluft- und Hallenbad Boedeli (in Unterseen). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, stop by Basel's Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Basel Historical Museum - Barfuesserkirche, and get to know the resident critters at Zoo Basel.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Basel travel planner.

London, UK to Basel is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Basel hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. You will leave for Zurich on the 15th (Tue).
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Zurich — 22 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 Rigi. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Hofkirche, Glacier Garden Lucerne (Gletschergarten), &more), Bergbahnen Beckenried-Emmetten AG (in Beckenried) and Engelberg (Lake Trubsee & Titlis). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Pilatus, take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, and admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Zurich attractions planning site.

Getting from Basel to Zurich by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Zurich, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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