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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler, take an in-depth tour of Basel Paper Mill - Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basel Minster, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Tinguely. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at SwissSafari GmbH, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Offene Kirche Elisabethen, and then take a stroll through Basel's Old Town.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Basel road trip planning app.

Washington, USA to Basel is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Basel is 6 hours. When traveling from Washington in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Basel: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (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.
Do your shopping at Bahnhofstrasse and ARTBOX.GALLERY. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Town and Museum Rietberg. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Lion Monument, Museum Rosengart Collection, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Zurich trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Basel to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Zurich, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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