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

    Thursday, 19th September 2019
    Corn velouté with basil
    Rabbit with mustard, noodles and carrots
    Chocolate bavarois 

    Lunch menu with starter and dessert at CHF 35.-
    Lunch menu with starter or dessert at CHF 25.-

    The lunch menu is available from Monday to Friday: Mittagsmenü

  • Booking request



    Autumn Fair Basel,
    October 26 to November 10, 2019

    Barfüsserplatz, Petersplatz, Münsterplatz, Kasernenareal, Messeplatz

    Christmas Market Basel,
    November 28 to December 23, 2019

    Barfüsserplatz, 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

    The hotel and brasserie are closed from April 19, 2019 up to and including April 22, 2019

    Annual company holiday
    The hotel is closed from December 21, 2019 up to and including January 5, 2020
    The brasserie is closed from December 21, 2019 up to and including January 6, 2020