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Basler Fasnacht 15-17 Feb 2016

I would like to experience Fasnacht in Basel. I would be travelling there by train from Zug.

I know there's info online e.g. http://www.fasnachts-comite.ch/en/

However I would appreciate some recommendations on when to go. I was surprised that it lasts 3 days and no day is a public holiday. I could take 1 day off work.

Is it worth going for the 4am Morgenstreich on the Monday? Or just the parade on one of the afternoons (which day)? Do you go ALL day, or just for an afternoon?

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Re: Basler Fasnacht 15-17 Feb 2016

Morgenstreich is worth seeing at least once, and it's good to see either the Monday or Wednesday afternoon parades. Tuesday's good too, but a bit more aimed at the kids in the parade.

If you've only got one day, I'd say either Morgensteich and Monday afternoon (though it's a long drag if you've nowhere to go in between), or Wednesday afternoon and the Guggemusik concerts on Wednesday evening [Edit - As pointed out below, that's not on Wednesday, it's on Tuesday - but you can still wander around and see the various cliques wandering the lanes].

But you'll probably get a dozen different opinions

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Re: Basler Fasnacht 15-17 Feb 2016

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I would like to experience Fasnacht in Basel. I would be travelling there by train from Zug.

I know there's info online e.g. http://www.fasnachts-comite.ch/en/

However I would appreciate some recommendations on when to go. I was surprised that it lasts 3 days and no day is a public holiday. I could take 1 day off work.

Is it worth going for the 4am Morgenstreich on the Monday? Or just the parade on one of the afternoons (which day)? Do you go ALL day, or just for an afternoon?

Thanks!

The Monday is usually a holiday in Basle; or at least it was when I worked there.


But if you are in Zug then no holiday for you!


I do not know if you have been in Switzerland long enough to know that different places often have different holidays, can be confusing especially if you live or work near a boundary.
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Re: Basler Fasnacht 15-17 Feb 2016

I would recommend the Monday Morgenstreich and afternoon cortége if you are going for the first time.The only thing is, Morgenstreich tends to tail off at around 8ish as a lot of cliques go and grab a few hours kip before the cortége starts after midday. So you will want to find a comfy spot to crash in-between times.

If you are going for Morgenstreich, best places to stand are Rümelinsplatz, Marktplatz, Barfüsserplatz. But get there handy as it does get crowded and you want a decent spot.

The clique I play with - BMG Runzle - starts at the Löwenzorn restaurant on Gemsberg.

And please, if you take photographs, learn how to switch the flash off on your camera. One's field of vision in a mask is limited enough. And remember to buy a Blaggedde (metal badge) from one of the many sellers around town. The proceeds go to help pay for Fasnacht.

Check this link for a bit more info.

https://baselfasnacht.wordpress.com/...t-faq/#more-10

Correction to mirfield's comment - the Gugge concert is on the Tuesday. Officially the cliques don't play - but some make an exception. The other things on the Tuesday are the children's cliques play, plus there is the display of lanterns (Ladaarne) on Münsterplatz.

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I know there's info online e.g. http://www.fasnachts-comite.ch/en/

However I would appreciate some recommendations on when to go. I was surprised that it lasts 3 days and no day is a public holiday. I could take 1 day off work.

Is it worth going for the 4am Morgenstreich on the Monday? Or just the parade on one of the afternoons (which day)? Do you go ALL day, or just for an afternoon?

Thanks!
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Re: Basler Fasnacht 15-17 Feb 2016

Re blagede (or however they are spelled) is that they can be hard to come by closer to the event. Get one as soon as you get off the train! (Or beforehand if you are in Basel.)
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Re: Basler Fasnacht 15-17 Feb 2016

As you must come from Zug, just do the Monday afternoon/eve.

Morganstreich is fine, but the effort you'd have to make will outweigh the returns, IMO.
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Re: Basler Fasnacht 15-17 Feb 2016

Thanks for all the responses. I was aware of different Kantonal holidays (e.g. being able to go shopping in Zurich on a Zug holiday!) I had just thought that Fasnacht would be one of the "big ones" for all parts of Switzerland. I lived in Austria (Tirol) a few years ago and "Fasching" for them was a big holiday, and I recall lots of Dutch tourists in town as well, so I thought it might be something big all over Europe.

In the UK we just eat a few pancakes ("Shrove Tuesday")... if we remember the date at all... :-)

Great advice, thank you
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Re: Basler Fasnacht 15-17 Feb 2016

Basel Fasnacht is a week after everybody else's Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday/Weetabix Wednesday, etc.
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Re: Basler Fasnacht 15-17 Feb 2016

The fire parade thing in Liestal on Sunday. What nicer way to celebrate Valentines than burning your loved-one?

http://chienbaese.ch/event/14-februar-2016/

Fondue and alcohol overnight until ... Morgestraich (or is it morgen? at 4am (get there 3:30) in Basel Monday morning.

http://www.fasnachts-comite.ch/en/
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Re: Basler Fasnacht 15-17 Feb 2016

The good thing about the Morgestraich is that it starts so early that you can probably get into the offce at a normal time afterwards, or at best slightly late, and don't need to take any time off for it. I've done this several times, going straight from Basel to my work in Zürich. SBB puts on extra trains for the event.
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Re: Basler Fasnacht 15-17 Feb 2016

Don't also miss Lucerne carnival, the party in the city near the steps where Guggenmusik is played is a lot of fun. Remember to get a costume
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Re: Basler Fasnacht 15-17 Feb 2016

I was wondering how to get there - both for the Basler Fasnacht and the Luzern one this Thursday. I can see any trains running from Zug that get there for 4am/5am. Anyone got any suggestions on travelling by public transport?


EDIT: Scrap that - the SBB website does show the extra trains mentioned. Just they didn't on the SBB app when I looked last night. The Basel one will be a long all nighter.....

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