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Basel Christmas Markets 2018
Winterzauber – Basel Christmas Markets –
daily from 11.00 to 20.00
Here are seven reasons to visit Basel during Christmas time:
- Oldest and most traditional Christmas market in Switzerland
- Illuminated Christmas streets with roughly a hundred tall pine trees
- Great Christmas shopping possibilities
- Top and specialised Christmas shops like the Johann Wanner Christmas House
- Numerous Christmas concerts
- Guided Christmas tours
- Ideal starting point for a European Christmas adventure
For some years a shop window and facade decoration competition has been held for shops, restaurants, and hotels in the city. Each year this motivates hundreds of shops to decorate their windows in a festive manner. The whole city puts on festive attire, which further heightens the pleasure of shopping in Basel’s top-class shops with every international brand and many specialist stores. As well as being a period for quiet contemplation, Christmas is also a time for enjoyment, not least in the culinary field. Basel is well endowed in this respect: every conceivable variation is to be found here, from regional cuisine to Swiss and foreign specialities to Michelin-starred restaurants. And not to forget: music and theatre occupy a prominent position during this period, be it in the streets with romantic Christmas songs or in one of the main theatres with shows on seasonal themes.
Basel Christmas Market – the largest and most traditional one in Switzerland
In the heart of the historic Old Town at Barfüsserplatz, you will find the beautiful Christmas market with a very special charm of its own. In more than 130 stands and wooden huts, traders and practitioners of arts and crafts from all over Switzerland and the Basel region offer their goods and give a demonstration of their skills. The festive atmosphere is heightened by a unique concentration of pre-Christmas delights for the eyes, ears, nose and taste buds. The goods on sale at the Basel Christmas market could hardly be more diverse: hats, minerals and fossils, Christmas tree ornaments from every conceivable place, linen, pewter, glass glitter balls, wooden figures, folk art from the Erzgebirge in Germany, pottery, mirror prisms, spices, wooden toys, children’s clothes, scented woods – to name only some of the products on sale.
Durante la Fiera di Natale di Basilea (Winterzauber) sarà possibile gustare una vasta gamma di prodotti della cucina regionale, nazionale e internazionale, ed incontrare numerosi operatori e professionisti che presentano i loro prodotti di artigianato. Il Mercatino di Natale di Basilea sarà allietato da attrazioni come la pista di pattinaggio.
Basel, located in the three countries corner of Switzerland, France and Germany, is the centre of one of Europe’s most exciting Christmas regions. Each year in November, the cosmopolitan city on the Rhine surpasses itself in the scale and attractiveness of its preparations for the coming Advent period. Basel attaches special importance to Advent as a prelude to Christmas, a fact that is manifested in a variety of ways. Basel has a deep-rooted tradition as
Switzerland’s most beautiful and largest Christmas city, and is well worth a visit every year. Other centres of the European Christmas tradition are only around an hour’s drive away. The Christmas markets of Strasbourg, Colmar, Freiburg, etc. are easy to reach and make Basel the ideal starting point for a European Christmas adventure.
Not only the well-preserved Old Town is radiant in the warm Christmas light, but the shops and the facades of many buildings glitter with a golden glow. Roughly a hundred tall pine trees border the streets and stand like brightly lit sentinels pointing the way for the visitor.
How to get there
The high speed train railway and the railway hubs in the major cities allow easy and comfortable connections throughout the Country, also for touristic purposes.
All highways and expressways (including single carriageways) in Switzerland are toll roads. In order to circulate on Swiss roads all vehicules must be provided with a “vignette”, to be placed on the windshield before starting the journey. Speed limits are 120 km/h on highways and 100 km/h on expressways.
Be careful, because fines for trasgressors can be pretty expensive.
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