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36 hours in Basel, Switzerland

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This riverside city in Switzerland is also the birthplace of Roger Federer, has some 40 museums and is currently on the cusp of Carnival.


01 Mar 2020
PREMIUM!
36 hours in Basel, Switzerland

Basel, Switzerland. Picture: iStock

Basel is, perhaps, the only city in the world that’s best experienced at 4am on a Monday. On a particular Monday, that is – the one after Ash Wednesday, when nearly every local with a pulse turns up in the Old Town for a parade known as the Morgenstreich. Then, on the fourth chime of the bells at Basel’s oldest church, all the lights of the city are turned off, and costumed marching bands called “cliques” fire up a tune to signal the start of Basel’s Fasnacht. This uniquely exhilarating, 72-hour Lenten Carnival illustrates an essential truth about this cosmopolitan...

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