Basler Herbstmesse at Petersplatz
While workers are busily dismantling Herbstmesse rides and stands at the various squares around Basel, the Petersplatz has the distinction of staying open for an additional two days each year.
Unlike the other Herbstmesse locations, which largely host rides and food stands, this site is lined primarily with artisan and craft stalls, including candles, dishwares, hats, jewelry, pottery, soaps, spices, wooden toys and utensils, and many other hand-made crafts. This part of the Herbstmesse, particularly the section with dishware stalls—affectionately known as the Hääfelimäärt—is especially nostalgic to Baslers because in the past, long before there were department stores, this was the only place each year where they could buy a replacement for that broken teacup saucer or coffeepot cover.
There is also entertainment at the Petersplatz, which is geared particularly to younger kids, including a beautiful two-story carrousel, a puppet theater, and various activities organized by Robi-Spiel-Aktionen. Here, you can also spoil yourself at one of the many food stands, or at the very popular restaurant chalet (Wirth’s Huus), where they serve traditional cheese specialties like raclette and fondue; visit during off-peak hours or reserve your table at 079-356-0378.