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Basler Fasnacht Special

Carnival in Basel

18 Feb 2018 - 22 Feb 2018
Swissotel Le Plaza Basel

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The Carnival in Basel, also known as «die drey scheenschte Dääg» (the three most beautiful days) is the biggest carnival in Switzerland and has now been included to the list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO). It starts on Monday February 19, at precisely 4:00 am with the so-called Morgestraich– when all the lights in the old town of Basel are turned off when the clocktower strikes 4, and the only light remaining comes from the lanterns of the different Fasnacht formations marching through the streets playing their instruments. During 3 consecutive days, until February 21, 2018, the participants dominate the old town, circulating free in the streets and restaurants. Many traditional rituals like the Schnitzelbängg singers with their satirical verses, or typical dishes (f. e. Basler flour soup) can be enjoyed during this magical time a year.

Stay at the Swissotel Basel and benefit from our Fasnachts Special including breakfast and a traditional Basler “Plakette” (bronze carnival badge) to support this one of a kind local tradition. With our perfect location at the Messeplatz you can enjoy watching the Fasnacht formations pass by from right outside our front door or in the warmth of our Restaurant Grill25. On Monday morning, February 19, 2018 we will make sure to wake you on time for the Morgestraich, upon your request. Refuel your energy with our early riser's coffee and croissant treat in the Lobby and be on time to indulge into the festive Basler carnival at 4:00am.

Don't miss out on this cultural highlight. We are looking forward to welcoming you.


Rates starting at: CHF 180.00 per night, excl. city tax CHF 4 per Person per night.
Rates for the Fasnachts Special are non refundable.
Subject to availability.

Please contact our Reservations Team for more information or details on availability:
+41 (0)61 555 3731

Offer Includes

  • Accomodation in one of our spacious guestrooms
  • 1 Bronze Carnival Badge
  • Morgestraich early riser treat (coffee and croissants) in the Lobby
  • Full breakfast buffet
  • Free WiFi
  • Free entrance to Purovel Sport
  • Baselcard for complementary use of public transportation

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  • Non refundable package deal




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