Conveniently located at the intersection of the German, French and Swiss borders, Basel is one of Europe's most accessible destinations. This art-centric city boasts more than 40 museums, an old-town center that both complements and contrasts with the modern city, and several top-notch venues for fairs and events. Whether your travel plans include a stopover or a week-long stay in Basel, you'll want to make space in your diary for Basel's best annual events.
Basel's famous annual carnival, Fasnacht, is lovingly referred to as "the most wonderful three days" by locals. Highlights include a grand parade on the first and last days, and several high-profile concerts. On the second day of the carnival, usually in late February, an exhibit involving hundreds of lanterns brightens the streets – topics of local news and interest are depicted on each lantern in elaborate caricature. If you miss the event or want to see more afterward, you can catch carnival musicians parading the streets with their instruments – a spectacle called "bummel" – between 4-10 pm on the three Sundays after the carnival ends.
Art Basel, to be held June 12–17, 2018, is an excellent showcase of premier international contemporary art. You can easily spend a full day viewing sculptures, drawings, paintings, photographs and videos from the world's leading collectors. The event, sometimes called the "Olympics of the Art World", boasts hundreds of galleries and works from more than 4,000 artists.
Between July 18–28, 2018, the city plays host to Basel Tattoo, an annual military tattoo show with live music, a grand parade and impressive military displays. If you're a fan of music and live performance, you'll want to stick around for highlights such as the Basel Tattoo Choir and Top Secret Drum Corps, the Banda Monumental de Mexico, the he United States Army Europe Band & Chorus, and the Canadiana Celtic Highland Dancers. Get a front-row seat for the Basel Tattoo Parade, a colorful, music-filled spectacle that winds its way through the center of the city.
Baselworld, held annually late March, has distinguished itself as a premium marketplace and show for the global watch and jewelry industry. The event is held in the bustling Baselworld Village, a five-minute walk from our Radisson Blu Hotel, Basel. This week-long event attracts thousands of collectors who come to see examples of the world's finest jewelry, including that hallmark of Swiss craftsmanship: the high-quality wristwatch. Watches rank among the most coveted pieces of jewelry at Baselworld, so take along your finest timepiece.