Exciting event 4 o’clock in the morning
Turning to the most important and impressive event, the ‘Morgestraich’: On Monday at 4.00am on the dot, the entire inner city is plunged into darkness including the street illumination.
Then, out of the black you hear the sound of drums and pipes.
Then illuminated, huge lanterns come into view and the long line of cliques in their traditional costumes and masks.
Prominently the Wäggis, slowly wind their way through the prescribed route, past the thousands of spectators who have been standing in the cold with freezing feet for hours to get the best view of the procession.
The earie spectacle is well worth the ´suffering´.
After that, the many restaurants, known as ‘baizes’ fill to breaking point with masks and spectators alike to warm up with Mehlsuppe, another tradition, and mulled wine.
Floats, Entertainment and The Balls
All day long, drummers and pipers, either in groups or alone roam the streets of Basel, constantly playing their tunes.
The next day belongs to the floats, each with a different theme, often political and in the evening satiric performances, called ‘Schnitzelbänk’ entertain the visitors.
Further events are the lantern exhibitions, a fasnacht for children and balls.
One of the best balls held in Basel´s oldest and best 5 star hotel Les Trois Rois (the three kings) located on the Rhine with a huge terrace overlooking the water.
Hotels and accommodations
The 5 star hotel Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois stands out to be one of the best hotels in Basel.
If you don’t like the luxurious style, there are many other options and here is an overview