Enjoy a truly French ambience in a former Basel prison

Monsieur Philippe Maire and his team are delighted to welcome you to the petite, historic and elegant hotel brasserie au violon. Traditional, refined and typical French cuisine that delight your palate, will be remembered alongside time enjoyed in its cozy surroundings.

You will adore the unique character of this former jailhouse, harmoniously converted into a charming hotel and lively brasserie. Thanks to its superb location in the heart of the old town, courteous, attentive staff, and excellent value for money, au violon is a special place to stay that offers its guests an exceptional gastronomic experience.


  • Lunch menu

    Monday, October 22nd, 2018

    Pumpkin velouté
    Blanquette of veal old-fashioned style
    with noodles and carrots
    Chocolate mousse


    Lunch menu with starter and dessert at CHF 34.-
    Lunch menu with starter or dessert at CHF 24.-

    The lunch menu is available from Monday to Friday: Mittagsmenü

  • Booking request



    Basel Session 2018 October 19 - November 6, 2018
    Messe Basel

    Swiss Indoors, October 20 - October 28, 2018
    St. Jakobshalle

    Automn Fair
    October 27 - November 11, 2018
    Barfüsserplatz, Petersplatz, Münsterplatz, Messeplatz, Kaserne

    Christmas Market 
    November 22 - December 23, 2018
    Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz

  • Location & opening hours

    hotel brasserie au violon
    Im Lohnhof 4
    4051 Basel
    Tel. 0041 61 269 87 11


    Opening hours brasserie:

    Monday - Saturday: 11.30 am - 11.45 pm
    Lunch served from 11.45 am - 2.00 pm
    Dinner served from 6.30 pm - 10.00 pm