Situated on the banks of the Rhine River, Basel is a walkable city with open spaces, historic squares and many museums. It’s considered to be the cultural capital of Switzerland and winter is a wonderful time of the year to visit. In this guide, we list a range of hotels near Basel Christmas Market to help with planning your Christmas break.
Hotels near Basel Christmas Market
Basel Christmas Market is held in two locations in Altstadt Grossbasel (the Old Town in Basel). Barfüsserplatz is the central hub of the city, a bustling square that is surrounded by narrow laneways with shops and places to eat. Münsterplatz is located in front of Basel Cathedral and is one of the oldest squares in Basel. You could also consider staying on the other side of the river around Claraplatz, a popular area of the city.
Top PickArt House Basel
Address: Steinenvorstadt 42, Vorstädte, Basel, Switzerland
Art House Hotel is the best of the boutique hotels in Basel. The location is excellent for a short break in the historic centre and is only a 3-minute walk to Basel Christmas Market in Barfüsserplatz. Münsterplatz and Basel Cathedral are 10 minutes away. The rooms are bright with light coloured timber throughout and the common areas have a fun, modern design. There are many restaurants in this area of Basel as well as a number of popular museums. This hotel is also near the train station, making it an ideal location if you’re arriving by train.Check Availability
Motel One Basel
Address: Barfüssergasse 16, Old Town Grossbasel, Basel
Not only is Motel One the best budget hotel in Basel, but it’s is also the best located near the Christmas markets. The hotel entrance opens on to Barfüsserplatz and the other Christmas market in Basel is only a short walk away. Motel One is a chain hotel known for its contemporary design, cleanliness and helpful staff.
The Passage – Urban Retreat
Address: Steinengraben 51, Vorstädte, Basel
Located 300 metres from Barfüsserplatz, this is a great hotel near Basel Christmas Market as well as the other main sights and attractions in Basel. The hotel has spacious modern rooms with timber floorboards, a comfortable bed and lovely, bright bathrooms. This very comfortable hotel includes a sauna and gym that you can enjoy after a day of sightseeing.
AVLiving City Loft
Address: Lautengartenstrasse 9, Vorstädte, Basel, Switzerland
If you would like to stay in an apartment in Basel, I highly recommend AVLiving which is a large 1 bedroom apartment with a balcony and city views. The apartment is less than 10 minutes to both the Christmas markets and very close to the Rhine and other open spaces. The apartment is thoughtfully styled with quality furniture and high-end amenities. The host is known to be welcoming and helpful.
Consum Residence by Krafft
Address: Rheingasse 19, Old Town Kleinbasel
On the other side of the Rhine River is the Old Town of Kleinbasel, the smaller old town in Basel that is based around Claraplatz. This is where you’ll find the small design hotel Consum Residence, located near the Christmas market at Münsterplatz. It’s only a short walk away across the historic stone Middle Bridge. Alternatively, you could take the Muenster Ferry to Muenster jetty. While you’re here, stop at the Pfalz observation deck for the views. The rooms at Consum Residence are bright with a minimalist design and streamlined furniture. There is plenty to see on this side of the Rhine. Highly recommended.
For more information on spending Christmas in Switzerland, read our complete guide to Basel Christmas Market that includes dates, locations, opening times, things to do in winter and Swiss specialties you might like to try.
This is part of my series on the best Swiss Christmas markets. Read the complete guide for more information.
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