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The Spirit of Christmas Think Swiss chocolate and delicate Raclette cheese, mulled wine and glistening snow on rooftops. Switzerland’s cultural capital Basel offers exactly that. It is host to the largest Swiss Christmas market against the backdrop of lovingly decorated half-timbered houses.
are magnificently decorated and are evidence that Basel takes great pride in being the most eminent Christmas city in Switzerland.
TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE | PHOTOS: BASEL TOURISM
“Basel’s elaborate Christmas lighting is well known far beyond the country’s borders. On the last Thursday in November, this year on the 27th, the Christmas lighting is switched on and celebrated with a big musical ceremony,”Hoefler says.
In the heart of Basel, from the Barfuesserplatz to the historic cathedral at the Muensterplatz, spreads Switzerland’s biggest Christmas market.The atmosphere is magical, the market is beautifully lit and scents of seasonal delights sweeten the air. Merchants offer mostly local goods in over 190 rustic wooden huts and festive music fills the streets. The Swiss know how to do Christmas properly. Marketing representative at the BaselTourism Office, Isabelle Hoefler says:“If you are looking for a gift idea, you will certainly find some
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inspiration at the market. The spectrum ranges from hand-made candles and decoration to precious leather items, crafted toys or authentic woodcraft.There are also plenty of culinary treats to choose from such as the freshly baked waffles, a tasty cup of mulled wine, roasted almonds, traditional Raclette or our popular grilled sausage.” Christmas as far as the eye can see The festive atmosphere is not limited to the market. Around one hundred illuminated pine trees turn the entire city into a gigantic fairy-tale setting. Houses and alleys
Many of Basel’s museums and cultural hotspots contribute to the overall festive vibe by showing special Christmas exhibitions. The churches become platforms for Christmas concerts and Theatre Basel opens a door of its literary and musical advent calendar every day. Hoefler also recommends the Christmas Tattoo at the St. Jakobshalle, the Christmas vaudeville
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