The Basel Autumn Fair (Basel Herbstmesse)

28 Oct 2017 - 12 Nov 2017
Basel, Switzerland

Unleash your inner child at the oldest amusement fair in Switzerland. For hundreds of years, thousands of people have flocked here to enjoy the buzz of The Basel Autumn Fair.

  • When? 28th October - 12th November 2017
  • Where? Throughout Basel
  • Price: free admission

When we tell you The Basel Autumn Fair (or Basel Herbstmesse to the locals) is the largest and oldest in Switzerland, you'll probably be hoping they've upgraded their rides since it first opened over 540 years ago. Luckily the one million visitors that attend every year have no complaints yet.  

For two weeks, this historic amusement fair marks a strong tradition in Basel with its opening signalled by the Fair Bell of the Church of Saint Martin at midday on the Saturday before October 30th. In various public spaces across the city exhibitions and carousels pop up, sparking a buzzing festival atmosphere among locals of all ages. While you'll discover a range of typical fairground rides and attractions, they'll also be an array of artisan stalls, tasty food stands and unique show booths to keep you occupied.

The Basel Autumn Fair is the biggest combined amusement park festival and goods fair of its kind in the country and it's fair to say it's come a long way since the 15th century. Count yourself lucky; back then they would have been delighted with a Ferris wheel and a few bumper cars. 

  • Get there: EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg is the closest airport. Use the tram and bus to get around when you don't want to walk.
  • Stay: Find a hotel in the city centre so you can walk to the squares where the event is held.

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