One-Week Switzerland Road Trip from Basel traveling east to Lucerne and Zurich

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Duration
8 days & 7 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
Hotel
7 nights included
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8 days included
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Experience the freedom of the open road in Switzerland as you embark on an unforgettable 8-day road trip! This experience caters to every traveler, featuring destinations like Basel, Goldau, Lucerne, Zurich, Neuhausen, and Winterthur. Set off on the ultimate European adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in Switzerland takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 3 nights in Basel, 1 night in Lucerne, and 3 nights in Zurich. Anticipate well-spent days sightseeing, eating delicious food, and experiencing the highlights of each destination!

With this travel package, you can choose from an extensive selection of accommodations along your road trip route in Switzerland. We have handpicked the best hotels and places to stay across the country, including options for each budget. Whether you are in the mood for luxurious 5-star hotels or budget-friendly bed and breakfasts, we have got you covered.

Upon arriving in Basel, the rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for collection. From there, the road trip can begin! Experience the ultimate freedom and uncover Switzerland on your own terms.

An expertly curated travel plan makes sure you don’t miss out on any of the best things to see and do on your road trip in Switzerland. Rhine Falls and Chapel Bridge are just a couple of the bucket-list attractions that await your discovery.

As you hit the open road and drive through Basel, Goldau, Lucerne, Zurich, Neuhausen, and Winterthur, you will also enjoy plenty of opportunities to uncover hidden gems and experience the authentic charm of Switzerland. Whether you are exploring enchanting towns and villages, discovering scenic routes, or indulging in local cuisine, there is always something new and exciting to experience in Switzerland.

Throughout your road trip in Switzerland, take breaks from sightseeing to explore your favorite destinations' top shopping streets and markets. Discover unique souvenirs that will forever remind you of your self-drive adventure in Switzerland.

This package offers an all-in-one solution for your trip planning - choose flights, a rental car, accommodation, attractions, and tours that suit your needs and desires. You can customize each day of your road trip itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking.

The best services in Switzerland fill up quickly, so book your spot early. Select a date and start planning your road trip in Switzerland today!

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Hotel, 7 nights
Rental car, 8 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Winterthur - city in SwitzerlandWinterthur
View of the Old Town of Basel with red stone Munster cathedral and the Rhine river, Switzerland.Basel / 3 nights
Neuhausen
Goldau
Panoramic view of historic Zurich city center with famous Fraumunster, Grossmunster and St. Peter and river Limmat at Lake Zurich on a sunny day with clouds in summer, Canton of Zurich, SwitzerlandZurich / 3 nights
Lucerne - town in SwitzerlandLucerne / 1 night

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Photo of Rhine Falls or Rheinfall, Switzerland panoramic aerial view.Rhine Falls
Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Luzern, SwitzerlandChapel Bridge
Photo of the landscape of the Zurich zoo, Switzerland.Zürich Zoo
Photo of Lucerne dying lion monument, Switzerland.Lion Monument
Photo of Pink flamingos in the water in the zoo of Basel, Switzerland.Basel Zoo
Photo of bridge at Limmatquai in the city center of Zurich, Switzerland. People on the background. Seen from Lindenhof hill.Lindenhof
Photo of Swiss Transport Museum, lucerne, Switzerland.Swiss Museum of Transport
Photo of Grossmünster Romanesque-style Protestant church in Zürich, Switzerland.Grossmünster
Photo of Swiss National Museum or Landesmuseum in Zurich, Switzerland.Swiss National Museum
Swiss Science Center Technorama, Oberwinterthur, Winterthur, Bezirk Winterthur, Zurich, SwitzerlandSwiss Science Center Technorama
Photo of the Basel Minster Cathedral in Switzerland.Basel Minster
Nature and Animal Park Goldau, Arth, Schwyz, SwitzerlandNature and Animal Park Goldau
photo of Zurich Kunsthaus, Switzerland. The Kunsthaus Zurich houses one of the most important art museums in Switzerland and Europe.Kunsthaus Zürich
photo of Middle bridge over Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland.Middle bridge
Photo of Zurich opera house and Sechselautenplatz town square view, largest city in Switzerland.Zürich Opera House
China Garden, Seefeld, Riesbach, Zurich, District Zurich, SwitzerlandChinagarten Zürich
Uetliberg Lookout Tower, Stallikon, Bezirk Affoltern, Zurich, SwitzerlandUetliberg Lookout Tower
photo of part of the ancient Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrücke) over the river Reuss in the historical town center of Lucerne, the famous city in Central Switzerland.Spreuer Bridge, Lucerne
Tinguely Fountain, Vorstädte, Basel, Basel-City, SwitzerlandTinguely Fountain
Fine Arts Museum Basel, Vorstädte, Basel, Basel-City, SwitzerlandFine Arts Museum Basel
photo of FIFA Museum in Zurich, Switzerland.FIFA Museum
Botanical Garden, Weinegg, Riesbach, Zurich, District Zurich, SwitzerlandBotanical Garden
photo of Lake Lucerne and City Skyline with Church of St. Leodegar is a Roman Catholic church in the city of Lucerne, Switzerland.Church of St Leodegar
Kannenfeld Park, St. Johann, Basel, Basel-City, SwitzerlandKannenfeld Park
photo of Przewalski horse at Wildpark Bruderhaus in Winterthur, Switzerland.Wildpark Bruderhaus
photo of Spalentor Gate in Basel, one of the most beautiful gates of Switzerland.Gate of Spalen
photo of Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland.Museum Tinguely
photo of aerial view of Uetliberg mountain in Zurich, Switzerland.Üetliberg
Museum of Natural History Basel, Altstadt Grossbasel, Basel, Basel-City, SwitzerlandMuseum of Natural History Basel

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Day 1

Day 1 – Basel - arrival day

  • Basel - Arrival day
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  • Middle bridge
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Welcome to Basel, the perfect starting point for your road trip in Switzerland! Pick up your rental car and let the adventure begin. You will spend 2 nights immersing yourself in Basel's charm before embarking on the next leg of your journey.

Basel is a beautiful city with plenty to discover. If you arrive before check-in time or prefer to get started on your sightseeing right away, we recommend checking out middle bridge or taking a stroll in the city center. Soak in the lovely atmosphere and sit down for a bit to eat or drink.

Find your way to your hotel in Basel. We recommend choosing a hotel in a central location for easy exploring. Check-in typically starts between 2 and 4 PM at hotels in Switzerland. Settle in and make plans for the evening.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Basel. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

This -awardee earns consistently high praises from previous guests, making it a must-visit addition to your holiday experience. This awardee is a highly recommended choice for an unforgettable meal. Make sure to reserve a table at tibits, an iconic dining spot in Basel. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Essential by Dorint Basel City, a popular restaurant in Basel. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of Hotel Les Trois Rois, a hidden gem nestled in Basel. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

To truly maximize your evening out, consider visiting Schall und Rauch Bar after dinner. This bar is known for offering some of the best drinks and vibes in the city.

Raise a toast to the start of your 8-day road trip in Switzerland!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Basel

  • Basel
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Drive 9 km, 31 min

  • Museum of Natural History Basel
  • Basel Minster
  • Fine Arts Museum Basel
  • Museum Tinguely
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Day 2 of your road trip will take you to the best attractions Basel has to offer. Cherish the 1 night you have left in Basel by discovering the best things there are to see and do in the city.

Drop by the renowned Museum of Natural History Basel. This popular museum has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,084 visitors.

Another unforgettable place to experience is Basel Minster. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 7,442 visitors, this cathedral deserves a spot on today's sightseeing itinerary.

We also recommend a visit to Fine Arts Museum Basel. This museum has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 4,049 reviews.

Another favorite attraction in the area is Museum Tinguely. This art museum and popular place of interest enjoys a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 2,311 local and international travelers.

Immerse yourself in the local scene through top-rated tours and activities. You can choose from a wide variety of easy to challenging tours and easily add them to your travel package below.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Basel's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

Esteemed as a restaurant, it features an exceptional menu. This venue consistently impresses guests, making it a standout addition to your holiday plans. Located in the heart of the city, is an ideal pick for cuisine lovers seeking top-notch culinary experiences. Treat yourself to a wonderful meal at HANS IM GLÜCK - BASEL Steinenvorstadt, a top-rated dining spot in Basel. If you're in the mood for something new, try KLARA 13 AG, another premier location with a delectable menu. You might also want to book a table at Mr. Pickwick Pub Basel. Known for its consistently satisfied patrons, it’s a perfect choice to elevate your evening in Basel.

Head back to your accommodation in Basel and get some rest in preparation for another magical day of your road trip in Switzerland!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Basel, Goldau, and Lucerne

  • Lucerne
  • Basel
  • Goldau
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Drive 166 km, 2 hours 27 min

  • Gate of Spalen
  • Kannenfeld Park
  • Basel Zoo
  • Nature and Animal Park Goldau
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On day 3 of your road trip in Switzerland, you will get a true taste of the freedom a self-drive vacation in Europe entails. Today’s travel plans include stops at the most scenic, wondrous, and interesting places in Basel and Goldau. In the evening, you’ll end up in Lucerne, where you will stay for 1 night.

When you’ve had your share of Basel, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Goldau. Your travel time is around 1 hour 23 min.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Gate of Spalen. This tower is a popular stop on travelers’ itineraries in Basel, with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,475 visitors.

Kannenfeldpark is another popular place of interest you can visit today. The average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 2,501 reviews gives you an idea of other visitors’ experience at this attraction.

If it’s still bright and early, make your way to Basel Zoo. Visitors have rated this zoo an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 15,178 reviews. Basel Zoo receives around 2,012,511 visitors every year.

Goldau’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Basel behind. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 23 min. Goldau welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

Take the opportunity to see Nature and Animal Park Goldau. This attraction has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 7,104 visitors.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Lucerne, where you'll have a room waiting for you at the perfect place to stay. Check in and enjoy some downtime.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Lucerne. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

Renowned for its , this restaurant presents an outstanding menu of cuisine. This distinguished -recipient is a favorite among guests, making it a worthy addition to your holiday plans. With an acclaim, it promises a dining experience you won't want to miss. Treat yourself to a delicious dinner at Bolero, an excellent option for tonight's dining. Looking for something different? Ampersand offers a tantalizing alternative with its diverse menu. And don’t miss Mr. Pickwick Pub Luzern. With its reputation for pleasing customers, it’s a fantastic choice for tonight in Lucerne.

Keep the evening going at Bar 59, a great choice for enjoying the after-dinner hours with a drink. You could also go to Bar 58, which offers a similarly pleasant setting and great drinks. Another option is Café Tacuba Neustadt, which provides an inviting environment for unwinding after a busy day out.

Take some time to reflect on your day and savor another beautiful night in Switzerland.

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Day 4

Day 4 – Lucerne and Zurich

  • Zurich
  • Lucerne
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Drive 59 km, 1 hour 31 min

  • Spreuer Bridge, Lucerne
  • Chapel Bridge
  • Church of St Leodegar
  • Lion Monument
  • Swiss Museum of Transport
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Dive into day 4 of your remarkable road trip in Switzerland. Today you will explore Lucerne, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Zurich. You’ll stay here for 3 nights.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Zurich. This drive usually takes around 47 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

A top pick for your self-guided sightseeing tour today is Spreuer Bridge, Lucerne. Previous visitors have rated this wooden bridge an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 4,066 reviews.

Chapel Bridge is a local recommendation that you also can pay a visit today. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 29,995 reviews.

Another attraction you won't want to miss is Church of St. Leodegar. This church building is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 2,649 reviews.

Lion Monument Lucerne is another outstanding experience in Lucerne. Around 20,294 travelers have rated this sculpture an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

If you long for more, Swiss Museum of Transport is not far away. This technology museum is a lovely addition to your itinerary. Previous visitors have rated it an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 11,571 reviews.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Zurich. Zurich offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Zurich.

This -awardee earns consistently high praises from guests. As a top-rated it is an ideal choice in the city. Enjoy a lovely meal at Babu's, a top-rated place to have dinner tonight. Alternatively, if your taste buds call for something different, Cantinetta Antinori is another top choice with a popular menu. You could also check for a table at El Lokal. As an establishment that gains consistently high praises from customers, it’s an ideal choice in Zurich tonight.

Continue your lively evening at Rio Bar, a perfect place for winding down or revving up the night, depending on which mood you’re in. La Stanza is another excellent bar that offers a great selection of drinks to suit any mood. If you prefer to go somewhere else, Kon-Tiki Coffeeshop & Bar ensures a night out tailored to your taste.

Relax and recharge in preparation for another adventurous day in Switzerland!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Zurich

  • Zurich
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Drive 9 km, 40 min

  • Lindenhof
  • Grossmünster
  • Kunsthaus Zürich
  • Zürich Zoo
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Day 5 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Zurich for 2 nights more, offering you enough time to explore at a relaxed pace.

Your sightseeing of the day begins at Lindenhof, a remarkable square where it’s easy to get lost in exploration. This top attraction is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 11,365 reviews.

Next, satisfy your wanderlust at Grossmünster. This church building has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 8,297 travelers.

Kunsthaus Zürich is another must-visit attraction. This renowned art museum offers a memorable experience, well worth a stop on your self-guided sightseeing tour. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 6,594 travelers and attracting 382,603 annual visitors, it's one of the more popular places to see in the area.

Beyond the above-mentioned sites, you also have the opportunity to visit Zürich Zoo. This well-loved zoo boasts a 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 26,267 reviews.

Your discoveries in Zurich do not have to stop there. Check out the fantastic selection of tours and tickets offered in Zurich on this day of your trip. You can select your tours below.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Zurich. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

This -awardee earns consistently high praises from guests. As a top-rated it is an ideal choice in the city. Enjoy a lovely meal at Aurora, a top-rated place to have dinner tonight. Alternatively, if your taste buds call for something different, Kafi Dihei is another top choice with a popular menu. You could also check for a table at Weisses Rössli. As an establishment that gains consistently high praises from customers, it’s an ideal choice in Zurich tonight.

Continue your evening by exploring the vibrant nightlife scene at Ebrietas Bar, a prime destination for a thrilling night out. Also, don’t forget to check out Rimini Bar, a bar that offers unique local touches.

Raise your glass and celebrate another amazing day of your road trip in Switzerland!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Zurich

  • Zurich
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Drive 10 km, 54 min

  • Swiss National Museum
  • FIFA Museum
  • Zürich Opera House
  • Chinagarten Zürich
  • Botanical Garden
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Day 6 of your road trip across Switzerland promises a magnificent time exploring Zurich. You have 1 night left in Zurich. Take the opportunity to experience more of the best attractions and activities in the city.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Swiss National Museum. This extraordinary organization is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 8,085 visitors.

Next, make your way to FIFA Museum. This top attraction is a museum with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 4,338 visitors.

We also recommend a visit to Zürich Opera House. This opera house is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 6,213 travelers.

If you’re keen to keep exploring, visit Chinagarten Zürich. This highly recommended sightseeing destination has received an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 5,420 travelers.

Today is also your chance to spend some time at Botanical Garden. This park is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 3,198 travelers.

Don’t forget to check out all the popular tours and activities you can add to your travel plan. Switzerland is a beautiful travel destination that offers plenty of unique tours that will enhance your vacation experience. Explore and select your activities below.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Zurich. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

Renowned as a restaurant, it offers an exceptional menu. This restaurant consistently impresses guests, ensuring a memorable addition to your holiday. Nestled in the heart of the city, is an ideal choice for discerning foodies seeking culinary excellence. Enjoy a delicious meal at Viadukt, a top-rated dining destination in Zurich. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider La Pasta, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Metropol. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Zurich this evening.

Take some time to reflect on your day and savor another beautiful night in Switzerland.

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Day 7

Day 7 – Zurich, Neuhausen, Sellenbüren, Winterthur, and Basel

  • Basel
  • Neuhausen
  • Winterthur
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Drive 197 km, 3 hours 31 min

  • Üetliberg
  • Uetliberg Lookout Tower
  • Wildpark Bruderhaus
  • Swiss Science Center Technorama
  • Rhine Falls
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On day 7 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Switzerland, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 3 destinations, Neuhausen, Sellenbüren, and Winterthur. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Basel, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Neuhausen, home to many well-known sights in the region, is a lovely destination on today’s itinerary. Keep in mind that your travel time from Winterthur to Neuhausen may take around 29 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival in Neuhausen, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

Make Rhine Falls your first stop of the day. Previous visitors have rated this waterfall an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 70,505 reviews.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Sellenbüren. This drive usually takes around 31 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Üetliberg. This mountain is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 2,065 visitors.

When you’re finished at Üetliberg, head to Uetliberg Lookout Tower. This one-of-a-kind park is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 4,349 reviews.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Basel, where you'll have a hotel waiting for you. Check in and spend some time relaxing before you head out to explore the city.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Basel's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

This popular -awarded venue consistently exceeds expectations, ensuring a memorable holiday experience. Have a fantastic dining experience at Restaurant Fiorentina Basel, a highly recommended choice for tonight's dinner. If you're looking to mix things up, Unternehmen Mitte offers an enticing alternative with its varied menu. Additionally, WERK 8 is worth considering. Renowned for satisfying diners, it’s an ideal option for tonight in Basel.

Say good night to Basel and look forward to another great day of your road trip in Switzerland!

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Day 8

Day 8 – Basel - departure day

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  • Tinguely Fountain
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Day 8 of your road trip in Switzerland is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Basel before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

Maximize your last day in Switzerland and go on a shopping spree in Basel’s shopping center. This bustling commercial district is conveniently located near your lodging, granting you leisure time to roam and explore its assortment of establishments.

If you love the adrenaline rush of hunting for the best offers and deals in Switzerland, you’re in for a treat. A variety of goods and gifts await your discovery. Bring a bit of Switzerland home with you through these charming souvenirs.

Before you conclude your road trip in Switzerland, drop by another restaurant for a last chance at a memorable dining experience in Basel.

Esteemed for its , this restaurant offers a remarkable selection of cuisine. This esteemed -recipient consistently impresses guests, making it a must-visit spot during your holiday. With its recognition, it guarantees an unforgettable dining adventure. Savor the flavors at Restaurant Boo Klybeck, a top pick for dinner tonight. Alternatively, Flanagan's beckons with its unique menu offerings.

You’ll then say farewell to Basel. Drive to the airport, return your car, and take the opportunity to get some last-minute souvenirs before you board your flight home. We wish you a pleasant journey and hope you leave with many wonderful memories of your road trip in Switzerland!

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