One of the huge benefits of living in Europe is the amazing Christmas markets! We are so lucky to live in Strasbourg, the “capital of Christmas,” but it’s a delight to visit other cities and experience other markets.
While my parents were here we took the train down to Basel, which has the largest Christmas market in Switzerland. It was a quick (just over an hour) and comfortable train ride, even with my active toddler! He was thrilled to look out the window and watch the scenery rush by.The big centerpiece of the Basel market is this spinning Christmas pyramid in the old town. This was our view while walking from the train station. As you can see, it lights up the whole street, even in the day! There are steps on the side to take you down into the market. We then walked down the Freie Strass, which leads you right to the big Christmas tree. Obligatory picture with the lights! I think Andrew’s getting the hang of selfies!
Andrew decided it was the day to conquer the stairs, so we drank our delicious vin chaud (hot spiced wine) near the Barfüsserplatz while Grammy helped him up and down, over and over. Grammy of the year!
While the Christmas market during the day was lovely, during the night it was absolutely gorgeous. All of the lights pop, and it changes the whole feel of the city. Every street is ornately decorated, and most shops have decorations above their doors and windows. It feels magical!We walked through Münsterplatz next. Along the way we found these hilarious talking mounted moose heads. That was definitely a first! And just like that, we were back at the stunning Christmas pyramid. It’s breathtaking by night.
After walking around the market, we stopped at the Rhine river bridge to take some pictures. The hanging lights were incredible. You have a great view of the city and banks from the bridge. Aren’t my mom and stepdad adorable?!
We had a fantastic time walking around Basel taking in all the sights and lights. We’re all feeling ultra festive after a day in this gorgeous Christmas market. It’s definitely a spot to add to your travel list, regardless of the time of year. You can find out even more about the event, including travel info, on the city’s website.
Have you ever been to Basel or a different Christmas market in Europe? What’s your favorite way to get in the holiday spirit? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!