7 days in Basel & Lucerne Itinerary

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Basel
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Lucerne
— 4 nights
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Basel — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): get curious at Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Offene Kirche Elisabethen, and then visit Basel's Old Town. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, examine the collection at Basel Paper Mill - Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing, then explore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Tinguely.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Basel trip builder website.

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. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in May; daily highs in Basel reach 67°F and lows reach 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne — 4 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jesuitenkirche and Musegg Wall. Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum Rosengart Collection and Glacier Garden Lucerne (Gletschergarten). Change things up with these side-trips from Lucerne: Bellinzona (Castelgrande, Castello di Montebello, &more). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Uferpromenade Weggis, see the interesting displays at Richard Wagner Museum, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and admire the striking features of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Basel to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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