10 days in Switzerland, Heidelberg & Baden-Baden Itinerary

10 days in Switzerland, Heidelberg & Baden-Baden Itinerary

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Heidelberg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Baden-Baden, Germany
— 1 night
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Basel, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Mendrisio, Switzerland
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Heidelberg, Germany

— 2 nights

City of Romanticism

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Get a sense of the local culture at Schloss Heidelberg and Altstadt (Old Town). Landesmuseum Wurttemberg and Church of the Holy Ghost (Heiliggeistkirche) will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Stuttgart (Porsche Museum & Mercedes-Benz Museum). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Museum of the Palatinate (Kurpfalzisches Museum) and restaurant, get engrossed in the history at Friedrich Ebert Memorial (Gedenkstatte), contemplate the long history of Heidelberg Tun, and see the interesting displays at Pharmacy Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Heidelberg travel itinerary planner.

Frankfurt to Heidelberg is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Frankfurt in March, expect nights in Heidelberg to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Baden-Baden, Germany

— 1 night

Belle Époque Europe's Summer Capital

Scenically located at the edge of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden offers scenery, culture, and relaxation in addition to a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, specializing in traditional German dishes.
On the 4th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Hohenbaden Old Castle, then see the interesting displays at Stadtmuseum Baden-Baden, then explore the world behind art at Museum Frieder Burda, and finally walk around Lichtentaler Allee.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Baden-Baden route maker site.

Drive from Heidelberg to Baden-Baden in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Heidelberg in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Baden-Baden, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Basel.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Basel, Switzerland

— 1 night
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 5th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Gedenkstatte Fur Fluchtlinge, explore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler, then examine the collection at Basel Paper Mill Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basel Minster, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Offene Kirche Elisabethen.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Basel trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Baden-Baden to Basel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Basel

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 3 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Let the collections at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Verkehrshaus der Schweiz capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town and The Rosengart Collection. Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Zurich (Museum Rietberg, Bahnhofstrasse, &more). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, take in the awesome beauty at Rigi, explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, and pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Basel to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mendrisio.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Mendrisio, Switzerland

— 1 night
Mendrisio is a municipality in the district of Mendrisio in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland.Mendrisio is the seat of the Accademia di Architettura of the university of Italian-speaking Switzerland (USI).The municipality was boosted in size on 4 April 2004 when it incorporated the former municipality of Salorino. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Cantonale Giovanni Zust, then delve into the distant past at Monte San Giorgio, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Baptisterium Riva San Vitale.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Mendrisio using our trip planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Mendrisio in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mendrisio

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Canton of Ticino travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
Experience Switzerland's Mediterranean side with a visit to Ticino, where Italian flair dominates. Palm trees, beaches, piazzas, and old churches fill this Italian-speaking canton. Mirroring blue lakes reflect the majestic Alps not far off. Enjoy "la dolce vita" with an espresso among the sub-tropical gardens, romantic landscapes, and historical architecture. Rich indigo flowers dot Alpine pastures and wooded hills rising around the shores of Ticino's lakes, while delicate white camellia line lakeshore promenades. The furthest southern state, Ticino boasts a much milder climate that the rest of the country and offers plenty of sunshine.