Enjoy a truly French ambience in a former Basel prison

Monsieur Philippe Maire and his team are happy to welcome you into the small, history rich and elegant hotel brasserie au violon. The traditional typically French cuisine for lunch or dinner will surely be remembered as a very enjoyable time spent in a cozy atmosphere. You’ll love the unique character of this former jailhouse, which has been converted into a charming hotel and lively brasserie. Thanks to its superb location in the heart of the old town, welcoming staff and good value for money, au violon is a special place to stay that offers its guests a wonderful culinary experience.


  • Lunch menu

    Tuesday June 19th, 2018

    Lamb, sautéed potatoes and ratatouille
    Meringue with ice-cream


    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 Tattoo, July 20 - July, 2018

    Swiss National Day, July 31st, 2018
    at the Rhine

    Em Bebby sy Jazz, August 17, 2018
    Innercity, various locations

    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 - Decembre 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