Updated: Oct 23, 2022
It's that time again when Basel celebrates the arrival of autumn with its autumn festival. Herbstmesse will celebrate its 551st anniversary this year (this lovely festival started in 1471) with celebrations taking place in Barfüsserplatz, Messeplatz, Münsterplatz, Peterplatz, Rosentalanlage, Kasernenareal and Claraplatz. The entire city will be celebrating as the autumn months unfold.
Each day the fairs in Barfüsserplatz, Münsterplatz, Kasernenareal and Hallenmesse open from 12:00 - 22:00 Sunday through Thursday and 12:00 - 23:00 on Friday and Saturday.
Messeplatz and Rosentalanlage are open from 12:00 - 22:00 on Sunday through Thursday and 12:00 - 23:00 on Friday and Saturday.
Petersplatz and Hääfelimäärt are open daily from 11:00 to 20:00.
To access any of the locations, the best option is via public transportation. To view the tram and bus schedules, please visit the official website of Herbstmesse.
Herbstmesse will kick-off on Saturday, October 29 and will conclude on Sunday, November 13. For families, the best locations to visit with children are: Münsterplatz, Barfüsserplatz and Peterplatz. Older children will love the energy produced at Kasernenareal. With rides, balloons, food and easy access, these areas are not to be missed.
Prepare yourself for crowds and know this event typically attracts visitors from the neighboring countries of France and Germany.
For all of the details pertaining to this event, please visit the official website. Have fun and enjoy this remarkable time of the year!