Carnival in Switzerland
Stunning costumes, colourful street parades and marching bands are what the carnivals in Switzerland are all about. Known as Fasnacht, the carnival season is celebrated everywhere in the country and festivities differ from one canton to the other.
Basel 11-13 March 2019:
The Basle Fasnacht celebrations are the country’s best-known and most extravagant. It starts early in the morning with the Morgenstraich, when the city wakes up to the sounds of flutes, drums and costumed marching bands.
Lucerne 28 February - 5 March 2019:
The carnival in Lucerne kicks off on Schmutziger Donnerstag (Dirty Thursday) with the arrival of the Fritschi Family in a masked, costumed and musical street parade.
Bern 7-9 March 2019:
Fasnacht in Berne starts with a lot of drumming on the Thursday after Ash Wednesday. The louder the drumming the better, as the (symbolical) bear in the Prison Tower has to be woken up from his hibernation and released after being held captive for 111 days since 11 November.
- Carnivals in Switzerland
- Street parades
- Musical performances
International Jazz Festival Bern
Each year in spring, the International Jazz Festival Bern offers world-class jazz where more than 200 individual concerts appear. Enjoy swinging tunes, concerts of famous jazz bands and artists such as Michel Camilo, Ella Fitzgerald, blues and gospel at different venues throughout the city. The Jazz Tent also provides a platform for music students from Switzerland and New York to play on stage for the first time.
- International top stars
- World-class jazz, blues and gospel
- More than 200 concerts
- Music students from Switzerland and New York
- 12 March to 18 May 2019
Art Basel brings the international art world together. More than 280 of the world’s leading galleries show the work of over 4,000 artists, ranging from modern art great masters to rising stars of the youngest generation.
With an exhibition space of more than 31,000 sqm and 300 participating galleries from 36 countries, Art Basel is the premier event in the art world for modern and contemporary art.
- Premier event in the art world for modern and contemporary art
- Exhibition space of 31,000 sqm
- More than 280 of the world’s leading galleries
- 13-16 June 2019
Christmas Markets in Switzerland
Spend a pleasant advent time in Egerkingen and discover one of the popular Christmas markets in Switzerland. Enjoy a tour through the snowy streets of Basel hosting one of the largest Swiss Christmas markets and let yourself be enchanted by Swiss chocolate, handcrafted gifts, mulled wine and hundreds of illuminations. The Christmas market at the Franziskanerplatz in Lucerne awaits its visitors with about 70 market stalls in a charming environment in the old town.
- Basel hosts one of the largest Christmas markets in Switzerland
- Christmas market in Lucerne
- Illuminated Christmas streets
- Handcrafted gifts and Christmassy delights
BASELWORLD is the world fair for watches and jewellery. Around 1,500 exhibitors from more than 40 countries exhibit at BASELWORLD with new products, the latest trends and the latest creations and innovations from the watch and jewellery industry, and thus show a wide range of watches, jewellery and precious stones.
- World fair for watches and jewelery
- New products, latest trends, the latest creations and innovations
- Networking platform
- 21 - 26 March 2019