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

    Wednesday, 20th November 2019

    Vegetable soup
    Duck leg confit with Sarladaises potatoes
    Assorted desserts


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

    The lunch menu is available from Monday to Friday: Mittagsmenü

  • Booking request



  • 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

    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

    The hotel and brasserie are closed from April 10, 2020 up to and including April 13, 2020