Basel’s Carnival is part of the city’s identity – culturally speaking, it is at the heart of its creative energies and represents three days when the city goes wild. Owing to its uniqueness and quality, it has been added to the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list.
Our «Dame Fasnacht» – as the people of Basel lovingly call their festival – will transport you into the world of a different type of carnival. The event combines unique musical instruments, creativity and ideas, and first-rate artistic performances. This is where socio-political topics, stories and current events are communicated in a typical Basel manner: proudly, with acerbic wit and biting humor.
Everything starts on the Monday after Ash Wednesday at exactly 4 am – in total darkness. The popular “Morgestraich” then turns the city centre into a sea of illuminated, hand-painted lanterns, where thousands of costumed pipers and drummers accompany “their lantern” and “their theme” with music through the streets – until the “Endstraich” on Thursday, again precisely at 4 am. And you absolutely have to experience everything in between
Our President looks forward to experiencing Basel’s Fasnacht by welcoming us in her hometown, from March 9th to 11th, 2019.
There aren't any official rules on how to behave during Basel Fasnacht, but locals attach importance to certain customs and recommendations. If you follow these, you'll soon feel like an insider …
Tentative program to be confirmed!
Saturday, March 9th, 2019
9 :15 am Genève Gare Cornavin – Train departure
11 :53 am Basel Bahnhof SBB - Train arrival
12 :00–12 :45 Hotel Schweizerhof – Check-in
12 :45–02 :00 pm Lunch - restaurant TBC!
02 :30 pm Old town guided tour incl. Basler Münster viewing https://www.baslermuenster.ch/bauwerk
05/30 pm Back to Hotel Schweizerhof
07 :30 pm Dinner - restaurant TBC!
Sunday, March 10th, 2019 (day activities)
10 :00 am Departure from Hotel Schweizerhof for the day activities
Rhein crossing with the ferry
Shuttle to Fondation Beyeler to view Picasso’s Exhibition (blue and pink periods) https://www.basel.com/en/picasso
1 :00 – 2 :00 pm Lunch at Fondation Beyeler’s restaurant
2 :00 pm Shuttle to Tinguely Museum
05 :00 pm Free time
07:00 pm Dinner – restaurant TBC!
Monday, March 9th
(very early morning activities)
3 :30 am Departure from the hotel for Morgenstreich
Onion and cheese soup
Back to the hotel for a power nap
Free time after Hotel check-out
1 :30 pm Carnival procession https://www.basel.com/en/carnival-in-basel/dates-carnival-basel
3 :03 pm Basel Bahnhof SBB – Train departure
5 :45 pm Genève Gare Cornavin – Train arrival