Basler Herbstmesse

In Basel, autumn means more than just falling leaves and pumpkin pies.

When the weather gets cooler and the days shorter, Baslers look forward to the Herbstmesse (Autumn Fair).

The oldest and biggest fair in Switzerland, the Herbstmesse is one of Basel’s traditions that the locals – young and old – thoroughly enjoy. It’s also the biggest fair between Milan and Stuttgart, and attracts more than a million visitors every year.

The fair is usually held in various places in the old town as well as in Kleinbasel, with different attractions to cater for different age groups.

Those with young children to entertain head to Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz for the carousel, Ferris wheel, bumper cars and other kiddy-friendly rides. Kasernenplatz and Messeplatz are where you’ll find teenagers and thrill-seeking adults queueing up for the roller coaster, the haunted house, and other heart-stopping rides. If you’re feeling peckish, have a mosey around Petersplatz; you’ll find crêpes, raclette, bratwurst, cotton candy, apple fritters, cheese tarts, chocolate-covered fruit, churros, noodles… the list goes on. It isn’t just food you’ll find at Petersplatz – there are hundreds of stalls selling primarily artisan and craftware. Even if you don’t end up buying anything, it’s worth just having a look.

It ain't autumn in Basel until the you see the Ferris wheel up in Münsterplatz.

It ain’t autumn in Basel until the you see the Ferris wheel up in Münsterplatz.

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The fair lasts for more than two weeks, so vendors come in trailers.

The fair lasts for more than two weeks, so vendors come in trailers.

This kid's obviously gone off on one of the rides - who cares if it's cold?

This kid’s obviously gone off on one of the rides – who cares if it’s cold?

Kids love the Herbstmesse.

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Kiddy rides at Münsterplatz.

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Artisan and craft stalls in Petersplatz…

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And of course, the food….

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By night, Herbstmesse is a treat for the eyes…

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That’s all for now.

Toodles!

A Word A Week Challenge – Unexpected

Munich, 2012

Munich, 2012

I would’ve expected to see people swimming in a river, but surfing? I would never have thought of it.

Just goes to show how resourceful some people are.

Bruderholz (Basel), 2012

Bruderholz (Basel), 2012

When we moved to Basel, I never expected there’d be a dinosaur in the neigbourhood park. Howdy, neighbour.

This post is a result of the A Word A Week Challenge by A Word in Your Ear. Head over to Sue’s blog to learn more about the challenge, and to see more entries.

Toodles!

A Weekend in Klosters – Back to Basel

This is the final post in the Klosters series. To read Part 1, click here. To read Part 2, click here.

After two days in Klosters, it was time for us to head back to Basel.

We packed our bags, bribed Muci with kitty treats to get him into his carrier, checked out of the hotel, and hit the road.

Despite the two unfinished hikes, it was a good weekend getaway.

And if anything, the idea of taking ski lessons is becoming more and more tempting by the day.

As before, I leave you with a short video to close this series of blog posts on Klosters. I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks for stopping by!

The Fasnacht Series: The Cortège and Lantern Display

This is the fourth and final instalment of the Fasnacht series. To understand what Fasnacht is all about, click here and here. You can also check out the post on a related event, the “Chienbäse”, here

This year, I managed to catch the Cortège on both Fasnacht Monday and Fasnacht Wednesday. The city was packed with people – it was as if the entire population of Basel Stadt and Basel Land had descended upon Marktplatz, Barfusserplatz and Bankverein.

It was a colourful affair – the elaborate costumes, the lanterns, and of course, the seemingly endless shower of confetti coming from the playful Waggis.

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The Fasnacht Series: Chienbäse

This is the third instalment in my blog series on Fasnacht. What’s Fasnacht, you ask? Read here and here to find out.

The Chienbäse parade takes place in neigbouring Liestal on the evening of the Sunday before Basel’s Morgenstreich. The parade has its origins in pagan fire rituals meant to drive winter away, where large fires (representing the sun) were lit on the mountain tops to bring the sun’s warmth down to the village.

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