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. 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 Swissbau, the most important meeting place for the construction and real estate industry in Switzerland and one of the biggest trade fairs in Europe. There are also lots of attractive fairs and markets in Basel, which the city plans, organises and hosts itself on public land.

BASELWORLD – the Watch and Jewellery Show

Die BASELWORLD ist die weltweit wichtigste Messe der Uhren- und Schmuckindustrie
BASELWORLD is the world's most important trade show for the watch and jewellery industry.

Sparkling Basel: BASELWORLD is the world’s most important specialist trade fair for the international watch and jewellery industry staged in April. The monumental stands of the (prestige) brands fill the trade fair halls, and many tens of thousands of visitors ensure that all hotels within a radius of 250 kilometres are booked out.

Art Basel – the world’s leading art fair

Die Art Basel gilt als wichtigste Messe des internationalen Kunstmarktes.
Art Basel is the most important trade fair for the international art market.

Art Basel, the international art show for 20th and 21st century art, is universally acknowledged to be the world’s most important art fair. Around 300 carefully selected exhibitors turn the exhibition into an exceptional temporary museum. Artists, art collectors and many VIPs from the art and culture worlds meet during Art week in Basel.

Swissbau

Die Bau- und Immobilienmesse Swissbau begeistert nicht nur Heimwerker.
The construction and real estate fair, Swissbau, does not just impress DIYers.

Swissbau in Basel is one of the largest construction and real estate fairs in Europe. Every two years, around 1,200 exhibitors from 21 countries showcase their products and services to well over 100,000 visitors from the fields of planning, investment, real estate, construction, trade, education and research and private parties who are interested in construction.

Basel Autumn fair – the oldest and largest amusement fair in Switzerland

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

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.

Basel Christmas Market

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.
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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