Attractive fairs and markets

With over 25 trade and consumer fairs, Basel is the most important exhibition centre in Switzerland and one of the most important in Europe.

The city market at the Basel Marktplatz offers fresh and seasonal goods.
The city market at the Basel Marktplatz offers fresh and seasonal goods.

BASELWORLD, the leading international trade fair for watches and jewellery, and Art Basel, the world's most important trade fair for modern and contemporary art, are simply outstanding. Basel is also home to the largest Swiss public fair the muba, as well as Swissbau, the most important meeting place for the construction and real estate industry in Switzerland and one of the biggest trade fairs in Europe.

Autumn fair and Christmas market

The big wheel on Münsterplatz at the Basel Autumn Fair.
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The big wheel on Münsterplatz at the Basel Autumn Fair.

There are also lots of attractive fairs and markets in Basel, which the city plans, organises and hosts itself on public land. The Basel Autumn Fair is by far the most famous and oldest event of its kind, it has been going since 1471. This inner-city trade fair is one of the largest events of its kind in Europe with eight venues and around 500 annually approved shops.

In the run-up to Christmas, Basel is duly transformed into a festively decorated and illuminated fairy tale town. The Basel Christmas Market is now one of Switzerland's biggest Christmas markets with approximately 180 shops. It is held from late November until the 23rd of December.

City and district markets

A vegetable stall at the lively market on Marktplatz in Basel.
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A vegetable stall at the lively market on Marktplatz in Basel.

The popular and eclectic Basel city and district markets, characterised by their quality, freshness and friendly customer service, offer a truly special shopping experience.

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Markets in Basel