The Basler Herbstmesse, now in its 552nd year, is the oldest and largest fair in the region, attracting over 1 million visitors each year from all over Switzerland and neighboring countries. For a two-week period each fall, visitors come to enjoy some of the hundreds of rides, taste traditional foods, and buy unusual wares. Baslers young and old wait with anticipation for these two weeks, and after you experience it once, you will certainly understand why!
The rides range from traditional carousels and similar entertainments for the youngest visitors, through attractions for everyone, such as the Ferris wheel and the swing rides, to stomach-turning rides with such names as “Super Chaos,” “Speed,” and “Swing Up.” In short, there is something for everyone!
Another memorable aspect of the Herbstmesse is the typical foods, many of which can only be found on this occasion. Moreover, you can enjoy typical Swiss specialties, such as grilled sausages, raclette, cheese fondue, sticks of fruit dipped in chocolate, and so much more.
In addition to the rides and food, the Herbstmesse offers a large selection of artisan and craft stalls, which are located on Petersplatz, including the so-called “Häfelimärt” (dish market). Here you can find dish wares of all types, but also candles, hats, jewelry, pottery, soaps, spices, wooden toys and utensils, and many other types of hand-made crafts.
Like every year, the Herbstmesse is spread out across several squares throughout town, each with slightly different attractions and opening hours. Check out our post "The Basler Herbstmesse — Basel’s Beautiful Fall Fair" to get a general overview of what each location has to offer. The rides and stalls are open 7 days a week, but opening hours vary depending on the location and the day of the week. For Barfüsserplatz, Münsterplatz, the Super 80s at Messehalle (only open until November 5!), and Kasernenareal, opening hours are 12:00-22:00 on Sunday–Thursday and 12:00-23:00 on Friday/Saturday. The attractions at Messeplatz and Rosentalanlage are open 11:00-22:00 on Sunday–Thursday and 11:00-23:00 on Friday/Saturday. The stalls at Petersplatz are open 11:00-20:00 every day.
For more information, go to the official Herbstmesse website .