Basel-Landschaft: History & Tradition

Until the upheavals resulting from the Napoleonic invasion, the land which forms the present-day Canton of Basel-Landschaft belonged to the Prince-Bishops of Basel and was a dependent territory of the City of Basel. The City had joined the Swiss Confederacy long before, in 1501, but in 1798 and 1803, the Bishopric lost growing amounts of its territory to the City of Basel. Then, in 1832, the rural community revolted against the dominance of Basel’s urban aristocracy over its territory. In the wake of this uprising, the municipalities on the left bank of the River Rhine joined forces and adopted their own constitution. This was recognized by the Swiss Federal Diet in 1833, and a new half-canton was formed.

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Tradition – Chienbäse

The element of fire is part and parcel of many rites and customs. Certainly it is at the centre of the Chinebäse, the traditional procession held around Liestal. The procession was first authorized in 1902, and features a parade of local people bearing torches of burning wood and pitch through the old town of Liestal. Since its inception, the parade has always been held on the Sunday evening of the carnival celebrations.



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Culinary tradition

Basler Lummelbraten

“Lummelbraten” is a stew made of beef fillet flavoured with thin strips of speck and served with fried potatoes and vegetables. Piecrust or rice are also naturally suited to this delicious meat dish.




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Traditional products

  • Cola Fröschli
  • Bürgermeisterli
  • Zimtstängel
  • Bazelaibli

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