Dame Fasnacht in Basel - Club Presidential Trip during Carnival

Saturday, March 9, 2019 09:00 - Monday, March 11, 2019 18:00 , Basel
Speakers: Any Club Member with spouse

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


Christine and the gang

Additional images

Basel Carnival

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