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

    Wednesday August 15th, 2018

    Potato salad with roast beef
    Pork chop with charcutière sauce, polenta and vegetables
    Fine pineapple tarte

    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



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

    KlangBasel 2018, music festival, September 14 - September 16, 2018
    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