7 days in Basel & Zurich Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Basel
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Basel
— 2 nights
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Zurich
— 4 nights
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Basel — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Basel Minster, then 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 examine the collection at Pantheon Basel.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Basel itinerary planner.

Washington, USA to Basel is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Basel. Traveling from Washington in May, you will find days in Basel are little chillier (67°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.
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Zurich — 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Visit Old Town and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Landesmuseum. Venture out of the city with trips to The Cathedral of Bern (in Bern), Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Altstadt Luzern & Museum Rosengart Collection). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, explore the different monuments and memorials at Friedhof Fluntern, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Zurich tour itinerary maker.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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