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 2024

19 to 27 July 2024

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.

In summer 2023, the sound of the Scottish bagpipes will once again bring people of all ages to the world’s second-largest tattoo – the Basel Tattoo. The line-up features the traditional Massed Pipes and Drums, with around 200 pipers and drummers, as well as musicians from New Zealand, Mexico, the Middle East and Switzerland.


Basel Tattoo tips

Tattoo Street (19 to 27 July 2024)

Tattoo Street is home to row upon row of food stalls just outside the arena and also a meeting point for Tattoo fans and participants. You can soak up the Tattoo atmosphere here – even if you don’t have a ticket.

Basel Tattoo Parade (20 July 2024)

The Basel Tattoo bands and numerous guest formations march at this big parade through Basel city centre – to the delight of the roadside onlookers. The procession starts at 2.00 pm on Steinenberg and continues onward to Barfüsserplatz, Falknerstrasse, the Marktplatz and the Mittlere Brücke before arriving at Messeplatz.

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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.