Basel – Switzerland

It’s official, Basel is not only the best Christmas market in Switzerland, it’s also your favourite Christmas market in Europe! In recent years, more and more of you have voted for this authentic Christmas Market with a unique atmosphere. Basel has a deep-rooted tradition as Switzerland’s most beautiful and largest Christmas city and is well worth a visit every year. Not only is the well-preserved Old Town radiant in the warm Christmas light, but the shops and facades of many buildings glitter with a golden glow.

Around a hundred tall pine trees line up the streets and stand like brightly lit sentinels guiding the visitor. Particularly recommended is the Christmas market, which is being held not only on Barfüsserplatz, but also on Münsterplatz – one of the most beautiful squares in Basel.

Opening dates: 25th November to 23rd December 2021.

Where to stay…….

Hotel Victoria – 4*

Hotel Victoria is situated in the centre of Basel near the metro station and is a stylish haven reflecting the city’s Swiss flair and urban culture.

With an appealing and warm atmosphere, 

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Sorell Merian – 4*

The Sorell Hotel Merian in Basel is not only a modern business hotel, it is also one of the only 4-star hotel directly on the riverbank of the Rhine and right in the heart of Basel…


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Hotel Metropol – 4*

Hotel Metropol Basel is centrally located and extends a charming, personal atmosphere where you can reach and enjoy the sights of the city just a pleasant stroll away.


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5 Top places to visit

Old Town – the focal point of the Old Town is Marktplatz, where the colourful ritual of the daily market still takes place with vendors selling local produce, flowers, and food specialties. The Kunstmuseum – considered the finest collection of paintings in Switzerland, featuring both old masters and modern art. The old masters section displays a collection of French and Dutch paintings. Papiermühle (Paper Mill Museum) – set on a medieval canal with a very well operating waterwheel, this old paper mill has been turned into a museum of writing, printing, and paper, showcasing the printing and papermaking processes  and the laborious production of handmade paper. Spielzeug Welten Museum (Toy Museum) – it houses a collection of more than 6,000 toys, including dolls, stuffed animals, dollhouses, shop models, and carousels are not just for children. Tierpark Lange Erlen – after abundance of museums and historic attractions, take a tram or bike to the Tierpark, a green parkland alongside the river.