The Cast of the Basel Tattoo 2017,  preforms on stage during the Final of the premiere for the Basel Tattoo, Friday, 21. July 2017, at the Barracks in Basel, Switzerland. The Basel Tattoo is a military music festival held from 21 to 29 July 2017 in the city of Basel. (PRESSEBILDER/Patrick Straub)


This is Basel.

Basel Tattoo 2023

14 to 22 July 2023

Against the historical backdrop of Kaserne Basel, the Basel Tattoo – the world’s second-largest tattoo – is held each summer. Look forward to a sensational show with the sounds of bagpipes, wind-instrument music and folk dances.

A special kind of musical spectacle

At the Basel Tattoo, elite military bands from around the world impress audiences with a top-class musical programme. Inspired by the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the sounds of bagpipes, impressive dance choreographies, wind-instrument music and drumming all come together to create spine-tingling moments.

At the 15th Basel Tattoo, around 1000 participants from four different continents will have the audience on their feet against the historical backdrop of Kaserne Basel. Among the elite international bands in 2022 is The Band of Her Majesty’s Welsh Guards – the first Royal British Guard to be led by a female bandmaster.

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Good to know.

  • The Basel Tattoo takes place in late summer each year. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Basel Tattoo was cancelled in 2020 and 2021.

  • Kaserne Basel is located on the Rhine directly in the city centre. It is easy to get to via public transport thanks to the “Kaserne” tram stop, and travelling by car is also very convenient as there are plenty of car parks to choose from in Kleinbasel.

  • Free wheelchair spaces can be booked via the Basel Tattoo Shop. 

    This is where people with disabilities can find information on the accessibility of hotels, museums and events, so that they can plan their visit to Basel in advance.

  • There are numerous bars, pubs and restaurants within a few minutes’ walk of the spectators’ arena.