With its strategic location close to the French and German borders, and legendary carnival and Christmas celebrations, Basel makes an atmospheric choice for a day trip, and the compact center means it’s easy to take in the sights with just one day in Basel. The photogenic old town is the obvious starting point for walking tours, stretching along the banks of the Rhine River, but before you start, take a trip to the famous Three Countries’ Corner, located around 15 minutes north of downtown Basel. The meeting point of France, Germany and Switzerland is marked with each country’s flag and makes a prime photo opportunity for visitors.
Whether you’re visiting Lucerne on a day trip from Zurich, scaling the mighty peaks of the Bernese Oberland or cruising Lake Lucerne, exploring Lucerne Old Town — the city’s historic core and most photogenic district — will likely be at the top of your itinerary.
With its waterfront location, dramatic crop of mountains and penchant for the adventurous, it’s easy to see why Interlaken ranks among Switzerland’s most popular summer destinations. Here are some ideas for things to do in the summer in Interlaken:
Perched on the banks of the luminescent Lake Geneva, just minutes from the fabled Swiss Riviera, Geneva is surely one of Switzerland’s most enchanting summer destinations and Genevans waste no time in celebrating the arrival of the sun. Summer in Geneva is the ideal time for exploring the outdoors, so don’t just check out the city sights – take a walk or ride the tourist train around the UNESCO-listed Lavaux vineyards, ride the cable car to the top of nearby Mt Salève, enjoy hiking around Montreux or go whitewater rafting down Geneva’s Arve River.
Switzerland’s fourth-largest lake is the glittering centerpiece of the Bernese Oberland, with the city of Lucerne perched on its northwestern bank, and the dramatic peaks of Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus looming over the waterfront. Cruising Lake Lucerne makes a popular activity for visitors to Lucerne and there are a number of options for both boat tours and passenger ferries.