It’s that time of the year again. Time to invest your time in endless merriment, joy, tradition and culture and festivities. ‘Fasnacht’ otherwise known as The Basel Carnival has all this and more to offer. Listed as one of the top fifty festivities of Europe, the carnival takes place in Switzerland in the city of Basel and has continued to exercise its historic tradition of representing the cultural identity of the city.
For days on end, the Carnival of Basel (Fasnacht) goes wild with celebrations. People don crazy costumers and face paint followed by comedic floats and cliques that are sure to get you bursting into tears of laughter. The feverish nature of the Fasnacht landed it to UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
You will be eating, drinking, dancing and singing to your heart’s content. No rules or regulations have been logged to contain the crowd’s happiness. You will lose yourself in the aura of the celebrations until the farewell Lantern ceremony.
Come along, come away and drink all your worries away in the Basel Carnival.
It is a festival where you can reflect your inner artistic creativity through your choice of costumes and masks and encounter new people, making friends along the way. This spirit of unity embodied by the festival-goers who interact with each other is beautiful and is what truly represents the essence of the festivity. The Fasnacht is family friendly particularly on Tuesdays where children and their parents can spend quality time together.
The carnival takes place in Basel, Switzerland kicking off on Monday after Ash Wednesday at approximately 4:00 am. It lasts for exactly 72 hours ending on Thursday morning at 4:00 am. The participants overwhelm the old town of Central Basil, running free in the streets featuring a clear separation of participants and spectators in the festival.
First things first, if you are a citizen of the EU you do not need a visa to visit Switzerland as part of its Schengen agreement. From there on, public transport in Switzerland is reliable, secure, easy to use and much simpler than getting to Basel in a car. You can also opt for trams and local trains that connect Basel with neighboring regions and countries. Tickets can be bought from TNW.
Switzerland is also pedestrian and bike friendly. You can cycle your way using the Bikemap to get to your destination.
The city of Basel knows full well the flood of human life the carnival brings along and is fully prepared to accommodate its visitors. The city has some of the best hotels and provides excellent service and comfortable suites that will guarantee you a peaceful experience.
The Grand Hotel Les Trois, Steinenschanze Stadthotel, Gast und Kulturhaus Der Teufelholf and the Garden Guesthouse are among the finest hotels in the world.
Basel is a city rich with history and culture. It is nestled on the banks of Rhine River near the borders to France and Germany. Its main attraction is its magnificent cathedrals dating back to the medieval period, such as the Basel Munster, Peterskirche and Leonhardskirche which still enchants visitors with their grandeur and magnificent structure.
Basel’s Paper Mill Museum (Papiermühle) is also quite popular, set on a medieval canal with an operating waterwheel. There you can explore the evolution of printing from before Gutenberg’s press. You also cannot miss out the chance of seeing the Spielzeug Welten Museum (Toy Museum) and their collection of more than 6,000 toys.
Last but not least, Swiss food is something that needs no introduction. Swiss cheese is enough to excite your taste buds into trying out more of their delicacies like Rosti, Raclette, Leeks with potatoes and sausage (Papet Vaudois) and braised beef. Once you’re done with these you will find yourself coming back for seconds.
The Carnival of Basel is to take place from 11th March to 13th March 2019.
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