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Basel Carnival / Basler Fasnacht.

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The Carnival of Basel is the biggest carnival in Switzerland and takes place annually between February and March in Basel (map). It has been listed as one of the top fifty local festivities in Europe. Since 2017, the Carnival of Basel has been included in UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage.

The Basler Fasnacht starts on the Monday after Ash Wednesday at precisely 4:00 am with the so-called Morgestraich. The carnival lasts for exactly 72 hours and, therefore, ends on Thursday morning at 4:00 am. During this time the Fasnächtler (the participants) dominate the old town (map) of central Basel, running free in the streets and restaurants.

Basler Fasnacht is often referred to as die drey scheenschte Dääg (“the three most beautiful days”).

The approximately 18,000 active Fasnächtler dress up in a wide variety of costumes, including a mask known as a Larve. Participants are fully concealed and must remain incognito while parading; it is considered inappropriate and a breach of protocol to identify oneself by removing the mask, other than during official breaks from the parade.

The parades taking place on Monday and Wednesday afternoon are called Cortège and follow two defined ring routes: the inner ring runs clockwise, and the outer ring runs counterclockwise. The two routes are sometimes referred to as the blue and the red route because of their colour representation on the route map.

There are two major types of lanterns, the large Zugslaterne (parade lanterns) that are wheel-mounted or carried by 2 to 4 people in front of the Cliques; and the head-mounted Kopflaterne (head lanterns) that every participant wears. Some Cliques have uniform Kopflaternen but traditionally during the Morgestraich, Clique members do not wear uniform costumes. This varied dressing is called “Charivari”.

From 4 am on Monday, many restaurants and bars in the old town open their doors and remain open for the following 72 hours. There, it is possible to sample traditional Basler carnival specialties, such as flour soup, Zwiebelkuchen and Käsewähe (a quiche-like baked dish).


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Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe – BVB facilitates the mobility of people in the city and nearby areas and links Basel with neighbouring countries.

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BUS: Swiss PostAuto bus network / + EurolinesFlixbus

TRAIN: SBB-CFF-FFS. + TGV LyriaInterCity Express (*Rail travel in Switzerland)

AIRPORT: Major international airports: Genève Aéroport • Zurich AirportEuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg.

FERRY: Association of Swiss Navigation Companies

Carnival in Basel.

Basel Carnival is part of the city’s identity – culturally speaking, it is at the heart of its creative energies and represents three days when the city goes wild. Owing to its uniqueness and quality, it has been added to the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list. In 2021, the Carnival in Basel (Fasnacht) will be a little different from the major event that we know and love.

Events like the Cortège, the Kids’ Carnival and the Guggenkonzert will not take place in 2021. Public health and safety, as well as the combat of the coronavirus, will be the top priority when planning the other Fasnacht activities.

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