Two days to go to the big 2-5 of December. In honor of this week I’ve been hoarding some holiday posts from two European Christmas market experiences this year. I love the holidays. Just love ’em. And there is no better way to celebrate that holiday spirit than at the traditional Christmas markets that pop up around Europe from mid-November through December.
Last year I was in Berlin as they were setting up the Christmas Markets and I was devastated to learn I would miss them by a mere day. So to compensate for last year I was able to see two this year, the first of which was in Basel, Switzerland. Basel claims to host Switzerland’s biggest Christmas market, so obviously we had to see for ourselves. The flight from London is a short two hour hop and we found a great deal on my favorite discount airline, EasyJet.
Christmas markets are an explosion of mulled wine, handcrafted ornaments and gifts, food, and more food. You really can’t go wrong.
Basel is also known for its Gothic cathedral, the Münster, which overlooks one of the Christmas markets in town.
It was my first time in Switzerland and I plan to return. Basel is the country’s third largest city after Zürich and Geneva, yet the city center is small enough you can walk everywhere.
Know Before You Go:
- Basel hosts Switzerland’s largest Christmas market between the end of November to the 23rd of December. Before planning your 2015 visit check out this site.
- Basel is located in the Northwest where the Swiss, French and German borders meet, thus everyone we met spoke German, French, and English with ease.
- The Basel Airport is actually on French land, fun fact. You can take the airport bus into the town center easily using bus 50.
- Switzerland’s currency is the Swiss Franc (1 USD = 0.99 CHF today). Switzerland is very expensive. Expect to pay up to 5 CHF for a basic coffee, my usual price barometer.