13 days in France, Switzerland & Brussels Itinerary

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Basel, Switzerland
— 1 night
Eguisheim, France
— 2 nights
Colmar, France
— 2 nights
Kaysersberg, France
— 1 night
Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights


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 24th (Thu), enjoy breathtaking views from Turm in Regensberg, look for gifts at Laderach Chocolatier Marktplatz, get engrossed in the history at Basel Paper Mill - Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally ponder the design of Tinguely Fountain. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Town Hall, take a stroll through Basel's Old Town, then delve into the distant past at Carolingian Outer Crypt, then contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Tinguely.

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Bangkok, Thailand to Basel is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Bangkok to Basel, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Bangkok in November, with highs in Basel at 12°C and lows at 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Eguisheim.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games
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Eguisheim, France — 2 nights

Eguisheim is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Grand Est in north-eastern France.Eguisheim produces Alsace wine of high quality. On the 26th (Sat), do a tasting at Domaine Bernard Humbrecht, don't miss a visit to Les Trois-Chateaux du Haut-Eguisheim, learn about winemaking at Domaine Gruss & Fils, learn about winemaking at Domaine Christian et Veronique Hebinger, then do a tasting at Cave Bruno HERTZ, and finally contemplate the long history of Vieille ville d'Eguisheim. On your second day here, make a trip to Mulhouse Alsace Agglomeration, then see the interesting displays at Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer, and then see the interesting displays at Musee National de l’Automobile – Collection Schlumpf.

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You can drive from Basel to Eguisheim in an hour. In November, daily temperatures in Eguisheim can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Colmar.
Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites
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Colmar, France — 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take a stroll through Little Venice, don't miss a visit to Old Town, and then take an in-depth tour of Musée d'Unterlinden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at La Volerie des Aigles, then step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and then make a trip to Statue of Liberty.

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Colmar is just a short distance from Eguisheim. November in Colmar sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kaysersberg.
Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Kaysersberg, France — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, make a trip to Vieille Ville, admire the striking features of Hotel de Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Croix, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Kaysersberg, and finally don't miss a visit to Maison Faller-Brief.

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Kaysersberg is very close to Colmar. In November in Kaysersberg, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Strasbourg.
Wineries · Historic Sites
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Strasbourg, France — 3 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): stroll around Parc de l'Orangerie, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at European Parliament Strasbourg, admire the landmark architecture of Gare de Strasbourg, then make a trip to Barrage Vauban, then take a stroll through La Petite France, and finally get engrossed in the history at Alsatian Museum.

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Getting from Kaysersberg to Strasbourg by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 2 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 3rd (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste au Beguinage, then browse the exhibits of Atomium, and finally get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then don't miss a visit to Grand Place, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat).

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Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Brussels takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. December in Brussels sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping
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Switzerland travel guide

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.

France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.