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Christmas market Basel


  • Basel – Switzerland’s largest Christmas Market
  • ‘Magical Courtyards’ in Basel’s historic old town
  • Johann Wanner Christmas House
  • Colmar Christmas market – fairytale setting and Alsatian charm
  • Freiburg Christmas market – cosy ambiance and medieval backdrop

Day 1

Arrival in Basel. Get a first impression of the beautifully decorated town with its setting along the river Rhine. Explore the secret ‘Magical Courtyards’ and try local dishes offered. The Christmas markets are usually open until 8.30pm. Overnight stay in Basel.

Highlights: medieval town Basel, the grandest Christmas markets in Switzerland, with decorations and brightly painted chalet stalls. 

Basel Christmas

Day 2

Cross the border to Germany to visit the markets of the Black Forest in Freiburg. Overnight stay in Basel.

Highlights: traditional Glühwein, Freiburger Münster, historic old town

Freiburg Christmas Market

Day 3

Journey to Colmar, the charming Alsace. Overnight stay in Basel.

Highlights: 6 Christmas markets and a city decorated as in a Fairytale, pain d’épices, the wine caves

Weihnachtsmarkt in Colmar

Day 4

If time allows go on a lastminute shopping spree – maybe to the Johann Wanner Christmas house to top up on festive decorations to take home, or the classic sweet treat ‘Basler Läckerli’ – before returning home.

Christmas market chalets Basel


  • Rail journey from your starting point in Switzerland and back
  • Overnight stay incl. breakfast in Basel
  • BaselCard for free travel throughout the city
  • Freiburg and Colmar excursion
  • From price applies per person in a 3-star double room, 2nd class, basic half-fare card
  • Booking period: all year round
  • Travel period: 28.11 – 21.12.2024
  • Price example calculated on 23.04.2023 for 28.11.2024

Good to know

  • Travel documents are sent by email and in exceptional cases by post.
  • Additional overnight stay in Basel bookable


  • Take a walk with the Penguin's at Basel Zoo - they are taken on a daily walk when temperatures dip below 10C.
  • The three small Rhine ferries are beautifully decorated for Christmas and take you  across the river at minimal cost.