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Liestal Fastnacht information

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I want to attend the Fastnacht near Basel this year. Unfortunately I'm having difficulty translating websites that talk about it. Anyone know more details. I.E. What time it starts, what city it's in, what days it is?

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I want to attend the Fastnacht near Basel this year. Unfortunately I'm having difficulty translating websites that talk about it. Anyone know more details. I.E. What time it starts, what city it's in, what days it is?

Thanks!
It starts on the Sunday evening before Basel's Fasnacht. It is called Chienbaese, and is absolutely insane. It's a parade of fire. Folks walk down the street carrying these bundles of wood that are aflame. Additionally, there are wagons filled with burning wood that are hauled down the main street of the Altstadt. I've only seen it on TV (on TeleBasel).

I think it starts at about 7PM or so.

During the week, Liestal also has a more traditional cortege parade. I think it is on Monday afternoon.
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Re: Liestal Fastnacht information

A good thing to do is start in Liestal for this parade then at 4am Monday morning (11th Feb) head into Basel Stadt around Markplatz or Munsterplatz to see the morganstreich. This is really nice as the whole city goes dark and then the lanterns come on and the parade begins with all of the traditional music. After head to one of the kellers for some fasnacht food and drink If you can manage more on Monday then the day parade is also supposed to be nice....although I didn't make it last year as I flaked at 2pm!!
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Re: Liestal Fastnacht information

Oh, and if you go to these events, don't wear any coats you're worried about. Things can catch fire, etc.

Also, be sure to have and wear your Fasnacht Blaeggedde.
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Re: Liestal Fastnacht information

Found some great Chienbaese pictures on flickr.
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I hear rumours some Basel bods are going to this. Might be possible to meet up!
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Re: Liestal Fastnacht information

Thanks for all of the responses! All the advice is much appreciated!
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Re: Liestal Fastnacht information

I remember my first experience of the Chienbase in Liestal. This is part of an article I wrote for a camera magazine about the event.

" It is a picturesque town with plenty for the photographer or visitor to see. There are murals on some of the old wooden buildings which depict scenes from some of Liestals' rich and diverse history. Once a year as part of the Fasnacht celebrations, the locals try to burn the town to the ground!

A friend of mine had been asking me to go to this procession for nearly a year. She promised me that it was well worth seeing. She said that the locals "carried fire through the streets." Which I took to mean that they held flaming torches aloft. Eventually I agreed and headed towards Liestal.

When I arrived I was surprised to see so many people. The narrow streets were jam packed shoulder to shoulder with sightseers. I also noticed that there were lots of firemen standing around with buckets of water and even watering cans!

There were fire engines parked in every second side street. I thought that this was a bit of overkill on the part of the fire department......little did I realise...

At 8:00pm the street lights went out and a cheer went up from the crowd. I looked through the clock tower arch towards where the procession was to arrive and saw a few burning torches coming towards us. This was the start of the procession. A few locals dressed in costume were pulling a wagon proclaiming the start of the procession. All seemed to be going peacefully and I was still under the impression that the fire department were overreacting until I looked through the arch and into the distance...

The road which led towards where I was standing was brightly illuminated by lots of moving bonfires.

As they drew nearer I could see that the bonfires were mounted on wagons being pulled by up to six people. At the back were two more "pullers" whose job was to make sure that the wagon didn't go out of control. When the first mobile bonfire came through the arch, and the flames shot into the air, the crowd went wild.

Some hardy souls carried baskets of fire on their shoulders. But still those mobile bonfires kept coming......and they got bigger and bigger. After each bonfire came by, the firemen would hose the roof of the wooden arch down!

Every now and then, the exhausted pullers and pushers would stop to catch their breath. If you were unlucky enough, they would stop beside you!! The heat was intense and the crowd being packed so tight that it is unable to move back. At one stage I thought that my hair was going to catch fire. My jeans felt hot to the touch and I thought that I might spontaneously combust!! Luckily, a fireman threw a fire blanket over me and several other grateful witnesses. Firemen and marshalls also carry watering cans which they sprinkle on the spectators.

The air was alight with sparks and the road was covered in glowing and burning embers. All this made changing lenses quite difficult as there was thick smoke and ash everywhere. In fact, when I arrived home a few hours later, my camera gear was covered in a thick layer of black dust."

If you are going to the fire festival then be sure to wear dark covered clothes as you will get dirty. Keep your expensive cameras (be they video, digital or whatever) covered or protected. There's' also a thick layer of ash that hangs in the air making it sometimes difficult to breathe.

Here are two of my favourite images from that event.
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Re: Liestal Fastnacht information

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I want to attend the Fastnacht near Basel this year. Unfortunately I'm having difficulty translating websites that talk about it. Anyone know more details. I.E. What time it starts, what city it's in, what days it is?

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I'll be going there but am concerned about the return ticket. It is very hard to buy a return ticket from Liestal to Basel because of the crowds. Will an 8Fr tageskarte, as purchased from Basel, cover both the trip there and the trip back?
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I'll be going there but am concerned about the return ticket. It is very hard to buy a return ticket from Liestal to Basel because of the crowds. Will an 8Fr tageskarte, as purchased from Basel, cover both the trip there and the trip back?
Hi Roland,

The 8Sfr card is only valid in zones 10,11,and 13. For a Tagscard that would cover Liestal you will need the TNW 14Sfr one (http://www.tnw.ch/content/fahrgastin...e.aspx#zentrum)

It is cheaper to buy a return ticket from Basel station (if you are concerned about getting a ticket in Liestal), but in the years of heading to Liestal I have never had a problem buying a ticket back - Getting onto the very busy trains however



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Re: Liestal Fastnacht information

Some more pictures here from 2004.
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I hope you all have a great time, I really miss Fastnacht.
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Re: Liestal Fastnacht information

Bumping this back up.


Since a friend is coming from the US I thought Liestal and Basel Fastnacht would be the perfect thing to see. We plan to head up on sunday to catch Liestal and hit up both parades on monday with lots of fun, eating, and drinking in between.

Anyone wanna join us?
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Re: Liestal Fastnacht information

Fasnechts-Umzug
Date: 1. März 2009 13.45 Uhr
Place: Stedtli (Town Center)
4410 Liestal

Chienbäse-Umzug
Date: 1. März 2009 19.15 Uhr
Place: Stedtli
4410 Liestal


Homepage: http://www.fasnacht-liestal.ch
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Re: Liestal Fastnacht information

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Unfortunately I'm having difficulty translating websites that talk about it.
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You can get a reasonable translation by copying the web address or a block of text into Babelfish

If it is a site from Google search you can click on the 'Translate This Page' next to the search entry.
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