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August 29, 2014updated Jan 06, 2016


By Neharika Padala



AUGUST 29 – 30, 2015

Basel is universally acknowledged as the culture capital of Switzerland, however it’s beginnings were very humble indeed.

Two thousand years ago, a little farther down the Rhine, a small tribe founded the settlement of Augusta Raurica – which was to become modern day Basel. To celebrate Basel’s birthplace, the largest Roman festival in Switzerland takes place on the last weekend of August every year. More than 500 locals, clad in traditional Roman garb bring new life to the old ruins. The ancient streets of Augusta Raurica are filled with the sounds and smells of ancient Rome, as the armourers light the furnaces, chariots race, gladiators clash and music fills the air. A host of traditional Roman restaurants lay out feasts fit for an Emperor, bringing together a truly unique experience for the elite traveler and family.

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