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Travel:Best Christmas Markets in Basel, Switzerland

The city of Basel sits on the Rhine River in northwest Switzerland close to the borders of France and Germany. It features medieval town centers near Marktplatz with a 16th century red sandstone Town Hall being one of its most prominent landmarks. Its 12th century Gothic cathedral offers fantastic city views and houses the tomb of the 16th century Dutch scholar Erasmus.

Basel is a fantastic city to visit year-round, but you won’t want to miss it when it lights up for the holiday season. This is the time of year when markets are set up throughout the city bringing a festive atmosphere and visitors from throughout the world. Here are some you will want to check out when you’re in town.

Christmas Market in Munsterplatz

The Musterplatz market takes place in the square in front of the sandstone Munster cathedral which features pointy twin towers and has a regal position over the Rhine River. It boasts a central Christmas tree and several other trees that are festively lit for the season.

The area is filled with dozens of charming stalls selling everything from handmade goods to nativity sets. You can also purchase ethnic delicacies such as Opfelchuchli (deep fried apples) and raclette cheese.

While shopping for unique gifts, families will get to keep their children entertained by taking them the Fairytale Forest which offers a variety of kid’s activities. These include candle making, cookie baking, decoration making and metal working.

Christmas Market in Basserplatz

Basserplatz is another one of Basel’s main markets. It happens in conjunction with the Munsterplatz market although the hours vary slightly. (Both markets kick up in late November and close just before Christmas).

It takes place at Basserplatz, one of the main transport hubs in Basel. This makes for a very busy market location.

In addition to its convenient location, the market is also popular due to its many stalls that sell a variety of unique food and gift items. You can find ethnic treats like the Chasbangel, a baguette filled with fondue. There are also handicrafts sold from around the world.

Despite the metropolitan location, the Basserplatz market has its share of charm. It is set up against the backdrop of the bright red, 500-year-old town hall.

Guests can also visit the Basel town hall courtyard where there is a giant book that they can sign to list their wishes for the Christmas season. It’s a Basel tradition that is fun to partake in.

Advantsgass in Glaibasel

This market has fewer crowds and more of a local vibe as compared to the two listed above. It takes place at the Rheingasse in Kleinbasel. Unlike most markets that may feature wooden chalets, this one has a cluster of food trucks and unassuming stalls which provides a more casual and intimate vibe.

Weihnachtsmarkt Im Dorfli Christmas Market

This market is located in a section of Neiderdorf that combines old town charm with twinkling lights and the sound of people singing popular Christmas carols. It’s not the biggest market in the area, but it is one of the oldest in all of Europe. Vendors from local businesses set up shop offering mulled wine, delicious cheeses and terrific gifts.

The market opens in late November and closes just before Christmas.

Einsiedeln Schwyz Christmas Market

The Einsiedeln Schwyz Christmas Market is another that draws visitors from all over the world. It is set up in front of the romantic backdrop of the Einsiedeln monastery. A stately Christmas tree and twinkling lights add to the festive environment. It is a great place to find culinary delights and a variety of handmade goods.

The market is open for about ten days kicking off in late November and running until early December.

St. Gallen Christmas Market

The St. Gallen Christmas market has a charming environment and attracts millions of viewers each year. It’s set on a cobblestone street among a variety of local establishments and decorated with thousands of fairy lights and hundreds of giant stars.

It offers a wide range of must try foods including German sausage and French bread to be washed down with brandy or mulled wine. Gift items are sold as well.

The market kicks off in late November and closes just before Christmas.

Basel is a terrific city to visit, and the holiday season is the perfect time to do it. The markets fill the city with a festive atmosphere that makes for an unforgettable vacation experience. Which will you be checking out when you roll through?


Read more of A Christmas Blog or Shop Now at Schmidt Christmas Market

Travel:Best Christmas Markets in Basel, Switzerland

Travel:Best Christmas Markets in Basel, Switzerland

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The city of Basel sits on the Rhine River in northwest Switzerland close to the borders of France and Germany. It features medieval town centers near Marktplatz with a 16th century red sandstone Town Hall being one of its most prominent landmarks. Its 12th century Gothic cathedral offers fantastic city views and houses the tomb of the 16th century Dutch scholar Erasmus.

Basel is a fantastic city to visit year-round, but you won’t want to miss it when it lights up for the holiday season. This is the time of year when markets are set up throughout the city bringing a festive atmosphere and visitors from throughout the world. Here are some you will want to check out when you’re in town.

Christmas Market in Munsterplatz

The Musterplatz market takes place in the square in front of the sandstone Munster cathedral which features pointy twin towers and has a regal position over the Rhine River. It boasts a central Christmas tree and several other trees that are festively lit for the season.

The area is filled with dozens of charming stalls selling everything from handmade goods to nativity sets. You can also purchase ethnic delicacies such as Opfelchuchli (deep fried apples) and raclette cheese.

While shopping for unique gifts, families will get to keep their children entertained by taking them the Fairytale Forest which offers a variety of kid’s activities. These include candle making, cookie baking, decoration making and metal working.

Christmas Market in Basserplatz

Basserplatz is another one of Basel’s main markets. It happens in conjunction with the Munsterplatz market although the hours vary slightly. (Both markets kick up in late November and close just before Christmas).

It takes place at Basserplatz, one of the main transport hubs in Basel. This makes for a very busy market location.

In addition to its convenient location, the market is also popular due to its many stalls that sell a variety of unique food and gift items. You can find ethnic treats like the Chasbangel, a baguette filled with fondue. There are also handicrafts sold from around the world.

Despite the metropolitan location, the Basserplatz market has its share of charm. It is set up against the backdrop of the bright red, 500-year-old town hall.

Guests can also visit the Basel town hall courtyard where there is a giant book that they can sign to list their wishes for the Christmas season. It’s a Basel tradition that is fun to partake in.

Advantsgass in Glaibasel

This market has fewer crowds and more of a local vibe as compared to the two listed above. It takes place at the Rheingasse in Kleinbasel. Unlike most markets that may feature wooden chalets, this one has a cluster of food trucks and unassuming stalls which provides a more casual and intimate vibe.

Weihnachtsmarkt Im Dorfli Christmas Market

This market is located in a section of Neiderdorf that combines old town charm with twinkling lights and the sound of people singing popular Christmas carols. It’s not the biggest market in the area, but it is one of the oldest in all of Europe. Vendors from local businesses set up shop offering mulled wine, delicious cheeses and terrific gifts.

The market opens in late November and closes just before Christmas.

Einsiedeln Schwyz Christmas Market

The Einsiedeln Schwyz Christmas Market is another that draws visitors from all over the world. It is set up in front of the romantic backdrop of the Einsiedeln monastery. A stately Christmas tree and twinkling lights add to the festive environment. It is a great place to find culinary delights and a variety of handmade goods.

The market is open for about ten days kicking off in late November and running until early December.

St. Gallen Christmas Market

The St. Gallen Christmas market has a charming environment and attracts millions of viewers each year. It’s set on a cobblestone street among a variety of local establishments and decorated with thousands of fairy lights and hundreds of giant stars.

It offers a wide range of must try foods including German sausage and French bread to be washed down with brandy or mulled wine. Gift items are sold as well.

The market kicks off in late November and closes just before Christmas.

Basel is a terrific city to visit, and the holiday season is the perfect time to do it. The markets fill the city with a festive atmosphere that makes for an unforgettable vacation experience. Which will you be checking out when you roll through?


Read more of A Christmas Blog or Shop Now at Schmidt Christmas Market


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