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 1st (Sat), contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, then see the interesting displays at Museum Tinguely, then take an in-depth tour of Basel Paper Mill - Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing, and finally explore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): take a stroll through Basel's Old Town, then stop by Johann Wanner, and then see the top attractions with SwissSafari GmbH.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Basel trip itinerary maker.

Washington, USA to Basel is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Washington to Basel, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Washington, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Basel, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Town and Museum Rietberg. Appreciate the collections at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Landesmuseum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Altstadt Luzern & Museum Rosengart Collection). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, shop like a local with ARTBOX.GALLERY, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and take in the exciting artwork at Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Zurich online travel route planner.

Drive from Basel to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Zurich are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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