9 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
— 5 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.
On the 25th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler, see the interesting displays at Basel Paper Mill - Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing, then contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Tinguely. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): take an exotic tour of SwissSafari GmbH, then look for gifts at Johann Wanner, and then visit Basel's Old Town.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Basel trip planning site.

Washington, USA to Basel is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Basel due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Basel: temperatures range from 61°F by day to 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Zurich.
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Zurich — 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Landesmuseum. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Town and Museum Rietberg. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Lucerne (Altstadt Luzern & Museum Rosengart Collection) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, explore the different monuments and memorials at Friedhof Fluntern, and take in the exciting artwork at Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Basel to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Zurich are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.
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