Alright, today we’re hopping back into the time machine to talk about Herbstmesse, which is Basel’s Autumn Fair. It’s a two-week-long fair that takes place in several of the Plätze around Basel. It’s particularly exciting for several reasons, among them are the fact that it is open on Sundays and is open fairly late (10 or 11 PM at most of the locations).
It has crafts for sale, food, and the big draw of any fair: rides. I’m not much for rides in general, and especially not ones that can be taken apart and moved from place to place. I’m too much of a worrywart for that kind of silliness! I try to set it aside for G’s sake, though, and luckily she’s not big enough for the scarier rides yet anyway.
Since the fair is two weeks long, we went several times and I have pictures from various visits.
G is absolutely all about the rides. She loves them. And to Andy’s delight, she let him go on the carousel with her!
In the middle of Petersplatz they had a fenced-in kids’ area with small rides, dress-up clothes, and some crafts. There was a small admission fee, but G was super excited about it and we thought the price was worth it.
One evening, we met Andy at SBB after work and headed to Herbstmesse for dinner and rides. Fair food is somehow more charming when you eat it on the stairs of Barfüsserplatz surrounded by centuries-old buildings and modern fair rides.
After riding the carousel a few times, we headed to Münsterplatz to see what rides were there.
G and I rode the Ferris wheel; Andy opted to stay on the ground.
Instead of paper tickets, the fairs here in Basel use plastic tickets or tokens. You get one for a set price and then get a discount as you buy more, as per usual. However, rather ingeniously, each of the different Plätze sell different tickets; sometimes even the different rides within the Platz have different tickets. So you can’t truly buy in bulk and carry the tickets around with you. We definitely spent a lot on rides and if I’m not mistaken, I still have at least one ticket from Herbstmesse or the Christmas Market at home. There’s always next time, I guess.
One of our friends from back home was in Germany for work for several weeks, so he came to Basel the last weekend of Herbstmesse to visit us. Andy took him around town on Saturday afternoon while G “napped.” (I’m reasonably certain she skipped her nap that day because she always does when we plan to be out late and she really needs one.) Then we headed to Herbstmesse that evening. We managed to find G’s favorite part of the whole event:
The next morning we had brunch at Union Diner and then headed to the Rhein for a ferry ride, which is a necessary stop for any Basel tourist. We also got our last look at the 2015 Herbstmesse.
We’re all, but especially G, looking forward to Herbstmesse 2016!