16 days in St. Gallen, Bern & Basel Itinerary

16 days in St. Gallen, Bern & Basel Itinerary

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Start: Dallas
Fly + Drive:  18 h 15 min
1
St. Gallen
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Bern
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
3
Basel
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Tram:  17 h 15 min
End: Dallas

4
nights
St. Gallen

St. Gallen ©
The heart of eastern Switzerland, St.
Get in touch with nature at Arosa Ski Resort and Globi Wanderweg. Stein am Rhein and Altstadt Schaffhausen will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Gallen: Old Town Chur (in Chur), Lenzerheide Ski Resort (in Lenzerheide) and Schaffhausen (Kirche St. Johann & Munot). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Stiftsbibliothek, pause for some serene contemplation at Kathedrale St.Gallen, admire the masterpieces at Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildpark Peter & Paul.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Gallen trip app.

Dallas, USA to St. Gallen is an approximately 18.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to St. Gallen is 7 hours. In March, St. Gallen is little chillier than Dallas - with highs of 51°F and lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in St. Gallen

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Schaffhausen, Lenzerheide, Stein am Rhein, Old Town Chur, Arosa Ski Resort
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Kathedrale St.Gallen ©
Kathedrale St.Gallen
Stein am Rhein ©
Stein am Rhein
Munot ©
Munot

4
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Cathedral of Bern and Gurten. Appreciate the collections at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum and Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center). Get out of town with these interesting Bern side-trips: Saviese (Eglise St Germain & Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf) and Oberhofen Castle (in Oberhofen am Thunersee). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museum of Communication, appreciate the history behind Zahringerdenkmal monument, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Tierpark Dahlholzli, and make a trip to The Central Church Of Thun.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bern road trip planning tool.

Getting from St. Gallen to Bern by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Bern, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 31°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Basel.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saviese, Oberhofen Castle, The Central Church Of Thun
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The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern
Oberhofen Castle ©
Oberhofen Castle
Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf ©
Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf

6
nights
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.
Visit Offene Kirche Elisabethen and Theodorskirche for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fondation Beyeler and Basel's Old Town. Explore Basel's surroundings by going to Kloster Einsiedeln (in Einsiedeln), Rapperswil (Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden & Capuchin Friary) and Turm in Regensberg (in Regensberg). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Basel Paper Mill Museum, get curious at Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, explore the world behind art at Jean Tinguely Museum, and don't miss a visit to Tinguely-Brunnen.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Basel tour itinerary site.

Traveling by train from Bern to Basel takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Basel sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Rapperswil, Kloster Einsiedeln, Augusta Raurica, Turm in Regensberg, Glasi Hergiswil
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Offene Kirche Elisabethen ©
Offene Kirche Elisabethen
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler
Glasi Hergiswil ©
Glasi Hergiswil

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