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New year’s eve in Basel

Fireworks and mulled wine on the river bank or a romantic atmosphere on Münsterplatz – here’s how to spend New Year’s Eve in Basel.


Basel traditionally sees in the New Year with an impressive fireworks display. Be there and enjoy the atmosphere when all the church bells in the city ring in the new year. Thousands of visitors converge on the city centre to welcome in the new year – an event for young and old alike! And for those who prefer a more contemplative option, Münsterplatz provides a celebration in relaxed atmosphere. The New Year’s Eve service is held in the Münster (Cathedral) after the annual concert by the city’s wind instrument group. Refreshments are also provided on New Year’s Eve: various stands along the banks of the Rhine offer visitors free mulled wine between 11 pm and 1 am – warming for hands and hearts alike.

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