Experience the Carnival of Basel

Carnival of Basel 2025 Date: March 10 - 12, 2025


The Countdown to the
Carnival of Basel 2025

4:00 AM 10 March 2025
The ‘Morgenstreich’

The Carnival of Basel 2025 starts quietly but with a cultural bang: The “Morgenstreich,” an awe-inspiring tradition, it is a spectacle that commences precisely at four in the morning.

1:30 PM – 6:00 PM, 10th and 12st March 2025
The ‘Cortége’

A standout feature of the Carnival 2025 is the “Cortège”, a grand procession involving around 12,000 costumed participants.

11th March 2025
The ‘Children’s Carnival’

On day two of the Carnival of Basel 2025, the city’s streets become a playground for the little ones.

7:30 PM - 11:00 PM on 11th March 2025
The ‘Guggenmusic’-Concert

Embracing the vibrant sounds of Guggen music, comes alive with the Guggen-Concert on Tuesday evening at the Carnival in Basel 2025.


Welcome to the pulsating heart of Basel! Dive into the lively and colourful world of our city's most cherished tradition, the Carnival of Basel. A spectacle like no other, it promises laughter, music, and a cultural journey you won't forget. Come, immerse yourself in the enchanting melodies of the piccolos, the vibrant hues of the lanterns, and the captivating rhythm of Basel's streets. Ready to experience the magic? Let's start your adventure here!

What is the Carnival of Basel?

It is a vibrant cultural festival in Basel, Switzerland, known as Basler Fasnacht. It features parades, music, costumes, and traditional masked characters.

When does the Carnival take place?

It occurs annually, starting on the Monday after Ash Wednesday. It lasts for exactly 72 hours, ending on Thursday morning.

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