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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Swiss Highlights

Fasnacht celebrations in Switzerland’s cultural capital

Above, left: Photo: Andreas Zimmermann Above, right: Photo: Michael Oswald Below: Fasnacht fun in Basel. Photos: Reinhardt Verlag

Basel can be called a pocket-sized metropolis. Situated in the heart of Europe and the tri-border region of Switzerland, Germany and France, the city lies close to famous landmarks like the Vosges and the Black Forest. Its multicultural population makes Basel a distinctively cosmopolitan, innovative and cheerful community with the traditional Fasnacht as an annual highlight.

Basel offers a package deal for visitors attending the Fasnacht celebrations. It includes a hotel stay, a ticket for public transport and an original Basler Blaggedde, a Carnival badge in copper, silver or gold.

TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN | PHOTOS: PRESS IMAGES

www.basel.com

As a European traffic hub, visitors can reach Basel easily by train, car or plane; the EuroAirport lies a 15 minute drive away from the city centre. A well-established public transport system makes it easy for tourists to travel around the city and explore its famous architecture – the romantic historic quarter or modern buildings designed by famous architects like Mario Botta, Herzog & de Meuron or Renzo Piano. Art lovers get their money’s worth as well since the city is home to more than 30 museums including the Fondation Beyeler, the Museum Tinguely or the Kunstmuseum Basel. The annual highlight is the Basel Fasnacht, the city’s traditional Carnival. The festival only lasts three days but its preparation begins 362 days in advance. Participants give their utmost to ensure the celebration is a success every year.

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As the clock of Basel’s oldest church strikes 4 am on Monday morning, 10 March 2014, following Ash Wednesday, every light in the city will fade and the festivities will begin. 200 Fasnacht painted lanterns will start glowing in the dark while the melody of the Morgestraich fills the alleys. At 1.30 pm about 12,000 Fasnachtler take part in the popular street parade, the Cortege. Drum and pipe bands called Cliques and other participants march, or are carried on floats, past the spectators. For the following three days, Cliques will take over and play in the streets.And in the city’s taverns one hundred balladeers will regale audiences with songs and verses about recent occurrences, ending with a funny punch line. The traditional Swiss Guggemusik, a purposelycrooked brass music style with strong rhythms, the sound of drums and piccolos, can be heard everywhere.

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