Christmas market in Basel
The Basel Christmas market at Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz is considered to be one of the prettiest and largest in Switzerland. And what’s more: Europe’s best Christmas market will be held in Basel in 2021!
Where wishes do come true
Our city on the Rhine has a very special charm in the Christmas period. The quaint Christmas market can be found on Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz, right in the centre of the city and at the heart of the festively decorated Old Town. A magnificent Christmas tree stands on the Münsterplatz, with ornaments by the well-known decorator Johann Wanner.
In the middle of the city centre, nestled in the historic Old Town, traders and artisans offer their goods for sale in 130 small, rustic wooden chalets. Anyone still looking for gift ideas can seek inspiration in the wide selection and enchanting ambience. Culinary delights also abound with waffles, mulled wine, genuine Basel Läckerli (a kind of gingerbread), delicious Swiss raclette or the popular grilled sausages. The market is enriched by numerous pre-Christmas events.
Christmas market 2021: highlights
Enjoy the view of the sea of lights from Basel Cathedral (Münster)
Every year during the Advent period, the stairwell of St. Martin’s tower is also illuminated in the evening between 4 and 6 pm from Monday to Friday. From 29 November to 23 December 2021, the tower will be offering a unique view across the Christmas lights in the Old Town. Admission: CHF 6 per person. Last entry: 5.30 pm.
The Christmas food mile in Kleinbasel
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Rheingasse transforms into Adväntsgass im Glaibasel. This neighbourhood Christmas market has everything your heart (and stomach) desires, with plenty of surprises in store!
Enjoy a mulled wine at the Christmas pyramid
A popular meeting point at the Basel Christmas market is the Christmas pyramid on Münsterplatz. With its 13 meters in height, it is visible from afar and the attractive range of hot drinks invites guests to stay and enjoy.
Discover all the fantastic culinary delights on offer
In addition to the many tasty food and drink specialities on offer at the Christmas market, Basel is also famous for its excellent confectioneries with their delicious Christmas biscuits. Furthermore, many of Basel’s restaurants serve Christmas-inspired meals in December, complete with spectacular Christmas decorations.
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The Christmas market has around 130 stalls stretching from Barfüsserplatz to Münsterplatz. Here, merchants ply their wares in rustic wooden chalets decorated for Christmas. From regional delicacies to handmade toys and jewellery, there is something for every generation.
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