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Basel Tattoo

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What is the Basel Tattoo?

The Basel Tattoo is a military music event that attracts only the very best bands from across the globe and thus covers all music genres, from march to rock, folk to classical music. We strive not only to show the diversity of top international bands, but also to produce a show filled with musical highlights. Breathtaking choreographies, beautiful dancers and dramatic show elements play an important role in the overall experience of the spectators. 

The Basel Tattoo falls under the patronage of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS). The Basel Tattoo is presented annually at the historical barracks in the heart of Basel, on the banks of the Rhine. It is recognised internationally as the second largest Tattoo in the world after the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and has, over the past eleven years, hosted over 1 million spectators

Situated in the centre of Europe, our spectators hail not only from Switzerland but also from many other countries such as France, Germany, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. We therefore provide a unique world stage on which bands can represent their countries. 

The Cast of 2019

Each Basel Tattoo show lasts about two hours, opening with a fanfare and ending with a spectacular finale, in which all bands line up in the arena to give the audience one last memory of the Basel Tattoo. In 2019 there are approximately 1'000 participants from all over the world.

Massed Pipes and Drums, International
Hellenic Navy Band, Greece
International Highland Dancers
Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Scotland
Orchester der königlichen Marechaussee, Netherlands
Swiss Army Brass Band, Switzerland
The Wind Band and Dancers of the Water Supply and Drainage Company of Shijizhuang, China
Basel Tattoo Chor, Switzerland
Basel Tattoo Garde, Switzerland
Motorradstaffel Polizei Hamburg, Germany
Johnny Manuel, USA
Deirdre Brennan, USA

Tickets and Information

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Show dates

Show dates

Friday, 17 July 2020   21:30
Saturday, 18 July 2020   17:30 and 21:30
Sunday, 19 July 2020   21:00
Monday, 20 July 2020   21:00
Tuesday, 21 July 2020   21:00
Wednesday, 22 July 2020   21:00
Thursday, 23 July 2020   21:00
Friday, 24 July 2020   21:30
Saturday, 25 July 2020   17:30 and 21:30


Date: Saturday, 18 July 2020
Start: 14:00

The Basel Tattoo Parade is a well-loved event within the Tattoo week. Not only do the 1,000 cast members participate in this event, guest bands and formations also take part, making this one of the highlights on the Basel calendar. The parade route goes through the city centre of Basel and is always lined with roughly 100,000 spectators.

Cat. Price at 17:30 Price at 21:00 / 21:30
VIP CHF 140.00 | EUR 127.00 CHF 160.00 | EUR 145.00
L1/R1 CHF 89.00 | EUR 81.00 CHF 119.00 | EUR 108.00
L2/R2 CHF 84.00 | EUR 76.00 CHF 109.00 | EUR 99.00
L3/R3 CHF 79.00 | EUR 72.00 CHF 99.00 | EUR 90.00
L4/R4 CHF 59.00 | EUR 54.00 CHF 69.00 | EUR 63.00
L5/R5 CHF 39.00 | EUR 36.00 CHF 49.00 | EUR 45.00

Shows at 17:30 on Saturday:
Children up to 9 years can come free to the show. Children 10 – 16 years receive a 50% discount. Special prices are exclusively available from the Basel Tattoo Shop (by telephone or in the shop).

Shows at 21:00 / 21:30
Children up to 9 years receive a 50% discount

Accommodation: It's worth a night in Basel

Our partner "Basel Tourism" presents the "Basel Tattoo Classic Offer" - a fantastic package with the option to stay overnight in a hotel in Basel.

Included in the price is the Mobility-Ticket for the use of public transport and many other benefits.

Package Basel Tattoo "Classic" from 17 - 25 July 2020

including accommodation, your ticket for the Basel Tattoo, Basel Tattoo Magazine

from CHF 171.- per person

Information and booking

Top of the Basel Tattoo – our Skyboxes!

Best view of the show, covered seating and luxurious surroundings, as well as top class catering!

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Our exclusive offers

Shows at 17:30: Skybox with 24 seats, unlimited drinks before and during the show, Basel Tattoo Magazine
Shows at 21:00 / 21:30: Skybox with 24 seats, ticket for the Piper's Lounge, unlimited drinks before and during the show, Basel Tattoo Magazine and parking voucher (1 voucher per 2 tickets)
Opening times: The Skyboxes open 60 minutes before the start of the show. The Piper's Lounge opens 90 minutes before the show.
Important information: Single seats can be booked for the shows at 17:30. Complete Skyboxes of 24 seats can be booked for the 21:00/21:30 shows, for single seats please contact us (+41 61 266 1000 or Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!).
Prices: Saturday, 17:30: CHF 190.00 per person
  All 21:00 / 21:30 shows: CHF 9,996.00 per Skybox with 24 seats or CHF 450.00 per person



Your Visit to the Basel Tattoo

Here you will find all the important information about your visit to the Basel Tattoo. We recommend travelling with public transport!

By train and tram

The trip from the main train station (Bahnhof Basel SBB) to the Tattoo Arena takes about 15 minutes (tram line 8 in the direction to Kleinhüningen to the stop “Kaserne”). From Badischer Bahnhof, you can take the tram number 6 (direction to Allschwil) to “Claraplatz”. From there you can follow the signs to the arena.

With the car from Bern / Lucerne / Zurich

Exit the A2 at the „Badischer Bahnhof“ in the direction of Basel and change immediately to the left lane. Turn left into the Riehenstrasse and continue to the Parkhaus Messe Basel.

With the car from Germany / France

Travel from France on the A3 or from Germany on the A2 to Basel. Exit at “Badischer Bahnhof” and change to the left lane. Where the road forks to Schwarzwaldalleee / Wettsteinallee, turn and drive towards the Badischer Bahnhof. Turn left into the Riehenstrasse and continue straight to the Parkhaus Messe Basel. The route has signs from the Badischer Bahnhof exit.


The Parkhaus Messe Basel has limited capacity. Those guests who book a parking ticket with us in advance have precedence.

It is about a 10 minute walk from the parking garage to the Tattoo Arena. Alternatively, the tram 6 (in the direction of Allschwil), 14 (direction Pratteln) and 15 (direction Bruderholz) drive to the stop “Claraplatz”, from where you can follow “Basel Tattoo” signs.


When can I buy tickets for the Basel Tattoo 2020?

Ticket are available from 17 July 2019 in our Webshop.

When does the Basel Tattoo 2020 take place?

The Basel Tattoo 2020 takes place from 17 – 25 July 2020

How long is the show and is there an interval?

The show is about 2 hours long. There is no interval.

Does the Basel Tattoo take place in all weather conditions?

Yes. Please note that umbrellas cannot be used during the show.

Travelling with public transport – is the tram included in the ticket?

No, the public transport is not included in the ticket.

How far is it from the Basel main train station to the Tattoo Arena?

The trip from the main train station (Bahnhof Basel SBB) to the Tattoo Arena takes about 15 minutes (tram line 8 in the direction to Kleinhüningen to the stop “Kaserne”).

How do I get from Badischer Bahnhof to the Arena by tram or bus? How often does the public transport run?

From Badischer Bahnhof, you can take the tram number 6 (direction to Allschwil) to “Claraplatz”. From there you can follow the signs to the arena. The tram leaves every 7 minutes. Further information can be found here: www.bvb.ch

We have tickets for the Basel Tattoo – how early should we arrive?

Doors open one hour before the start of the show. Entry after the beginning of the show is limited.

Are there spaces for guests in wheelchairs and, if yes, how do I book these?

There are spaces allocated for wheelchairs in the categories R1/L1. Wheelchair spaces are reserved in the first row, with seats for the accompanying guests in the row directly behind them. The wheelchair spaces are free of charge and the companion pays just half price for a seat in the category R1/L1. These places must be booked directly through the Basel Tattoo Shop, Tel. +41 61 266 10 00, Address: Glockengasse 4, CH-4001 Basel.

May I take photographs during the show?

Yes, photography for private use is allowed, however flash photography and tripods may not be used.

May I make film and sound recordings of the show?

No, on legal grounds, film and sound recordings are forbidden.

Can one take plastic (PET) bottles into the Tattoo Arena?

Plastic bottles are allowed, but no glass bottles may be brought into the Arena.

Is there a dress code?

There is no dress code for the Basel Tattoo, however, for guests who will be visiting one of our Lounges, the dress code is smart / elegant.

How do I book a hotel in the area?

Tickets to the Basel Tattoo including an overnight stay can be booked through our partner, Basel Tourism: www.basel.com or +41 61 268 68 68.

What does Tattoo mean?

“Tattoo” originates from Dutch: In the 17th Century, the command “doe den tap toe” (close the beer taps) was given via a drummer or a fifer at the end of the evening, when the troops had to return to their barracks. In English this phrase was shortened to the word “Tattoo” and this is now the recognized word for military music festivals.

How can I apply to be a volunteer at the Basel Tattoo?

Please send an e-mail to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! with your contact details, as well as your date of birth, spoken languages and in what area you would like to work.


In keeping with the traditions of a Tattoo, the Basel Tattoo donates a significant amount of the income received from the event to charity. The charities that we support have links to the military or to the venue of the Tattoo, the Basel Kaserne. 


Over 500 volunteers give up their free time to work for the Tattoo! Without their enthusiasm and dedication to the event, this show could not take place. They fill all the roles that the core organization cannot cover alone, from ushers, stage crew and finance controllers to band liaison officers, ticket controllers and waitrons in our hospitality areas. Are you interested in being part of the team? Please contact us Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!

Tattoo Street

During the event, the streets around the Tattoo Arena are transformed into a festive and exciting area, where guests can enjoy a wide range of culinary delights, from bratwurst, risotto and fish to chicken sosaties, raclette and fondue, at 15 different stands. Come and enjoy the unique Tattoo atmosphere, even without a ticket to the show!


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