8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Detroit
Fly:  18​h 30​min
Basel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Lauterbrunnen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
St. Moritz
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
Detroit

2
days
Basel

Basel
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 9th (Mon): make a trip to Rathaus (Municipio), then don't miss a visit to Spalentor (City Gate), then make a trip to Tinguely-Brunnen, and finally wander the streets of Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler, then see the interesting displays at Museum Tinguely, then see the interesting displays at Basel Paper Mill Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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Detroit, USA to Basel is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. October in Basel sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Fun & Games Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Fondation Beyeler
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Museum Tinguely
Museum Tinguely
Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel ©
Tinguely-Brunnen
Tinguely-Brunnen

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Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and then take in panoramic vistas at Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz, and then get to know the fascinating history of Aare Gorge.

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Getting from Basel to Lauterbrunnen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. October in Lauterbrunnen sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Brienz, Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory, Aare Gorge
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Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Lake Brienz ©
Lake Brienz
Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory ©
Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory

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St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get great views at Muottas Muragl, see the interesting displays at Alpin Museum Pontresina, and then make a trip to Chesa Futura. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Morteratsch Glacier, get great views at Diavolezza, and then explore the activities along Lake St. Moritz.

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Traveling by car from Lauterbrunnen to St. Moritz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Lauterbrunnen in October, expect nights in St. Moritz to be about the same, around 40°F, while days are little chillier, around 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Pontresina
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Lake St. Moritz ©
Lake St. Moritz
Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl
Diavolezza ©
Diavolezza

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