7 days in Basel & Lucerne Itinerary

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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 8th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Basel Paper Mill - Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Offene Kirche Elisabethen, and then see the interesting displays at Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, then explore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler, then admire the masterpieces at Museum Tinguely, and finally take a stroll through Basel's Old Town.

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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. In May, Basel is slightly colder than Washington DC - with highs of 67°F and lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lucerne.
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Lucerne — 4 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jesuitenkirche and Castello di Montebello. Get some cultural insight at Museum Rosengart Collection and Richard Wagner Museum. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Chateaux de Bellinzone (in Bellinzona) and Chiesa di San Nicolao (in Giornico). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Musegg Wall, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, make a trip to The Nine Towers, and take an in-depth tour of Bourbaki Panorama.

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You can drive from Basel to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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