The Basel Herbstmesse is considered one of the oldest and biggest fairs in Switzerland with many of the same traditions it started with all those years ago. From the 29th of October to the 13th of November 2016, Basel Tourism expects over 1 million people to visit, shop, dine and ride roller coasters in the city center and we hope our Zuri Girlfriends are up for the visit!
Shop Till You Drop
Being over 500 years old means the Basel Herbstmesse and Hääfelimäärt are as much part of the city as the Altstadt is. It was originally an event when people of the city and neighboring towns would gather to sell and buy wares like ceramics and silverware. While styles may have changed since the 1400’s, the Hääfelimäärt (ceramics market) at Petersplatz still offers an exceptional variety of handmade goods, crafts, art, clothes and household items from as far away as Nepal. Looking to get a head start on your holiday shopping? The Hääfelimäärt is a great place to find unique gifts. Need to add some color to your winter wardrobe? With several stands selling hats, gloves, scarves, socks, boots, wallets and purses, you can leave with a whole new outfit!
Maybe shopping is not your thing and you need something a bit more exciting. Carnival rides throughout the city offer some of the biggest thrills you can handle – for both young and old. Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz is for those wanting to see the city from one of the biggest Ferris wheels in Europe or test their nerves on many fast moving, spinning rides. Kasernenareal offers rides and games for children. Tickets can be purchased at each ride’s ticket booth with some offering discounts when you buy several.
Food, Glorious Food
Whether shopping or riding, you are bound to get hungry! Herbstmesse has a variety of food and snack stands, but our Girlfriend in Basel gave us an insider tip. For amazing Thai food visit Jeffery’s Restaurant. Since 1976 Jeffery Sandragesan has been personally cooking curry dishes at his stand in Petersplatz. His talent for mixing delicious spices and teas has earned him the reputation of one of the best Malaysian cooks in Switzerland.
Eager for More?
Around the Messe, Basel’s well-known convention center, there is also plenty to do and see. The Free Fall Tower just outside the Messe is not for the faint of heart, but the nearby snack and baked good stands are for anyone to enjoy! The Herbstwarenmesse (consumer goods fair) is also taking place until November 4 and offers a variety of living, household, leisure, sports, fashion, electronic, health, wellness, eating and drinking goods.
Basel Wiesen, Switzerland’s answer to Oktoberfest, takes place in Halle 2 until November 4 with beer, live music and plenty of Weisswürste. If you want a more relaxing way to spend the evening, the Basler Weinmesse (wine fair) might fit your fancy.
Whatever your tastes are Basel Herbstmesse is sure to offer what you need to welcome the fall season.
Article & Photos by Zuri Girl Ashley Ringger…Ashley regularly contributes fun and insightful articles about life in Switzerland. She might even know more about the country than her Swiss husband! Ashley splits her working life between an international school and Set Sails Media. In her spare time this California native likes to stay active by going to the gym, sewing, traveling, and cooking with/for friends. She also can’t say no to a good book.