Krafft Basel

  • Krafft Basel, Basel
    Krafft Basel
  • Krafft Basel, Basel
    Krafft Basel
  • Krafft Basel, Basel
    Krafft Basel
  • Krafft Basel, Basel
    Krafft Basel
  • Krafft Basel, Basel
    Krafft Basel
  • Krafft Basel, Basel
    Krafft Basel
  • Krafft Basel, Basel
    Krafft Basel
  • Krafft Basel, Basel
    Krafft Basel
  • Krafft Basel, Basel
    Krafft Basel
  • Krafft Basel, Basel
    Krafft Basel
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Beautiful moments at the Rhine

In the heart of Basel, directly on the Rhine River, the Hotel Krafft offers you a breathtaking view of the old town and the cathedral. 60 carefully renovated rooms revive the charm of the past. The cosy salons as well as the restaurant with specialities from the region invite you to stay. A dedicated, friendly team offers a warm welcome.

Geschichte Krafft Basel

History since 1873

In 1872, Ernst Krafft replaced three medieval artisans’ houses on the Kleinbasel banks of the Rhine with a new hotel. Over the years the four-story hotel, seven window-axes wide, with its prime location on the Rhine and a view of the cathedral hill had its share of famous visitors. Hermann Hesse (1877–1962) wrote much of Steppenwolf here. After a lean period in the 20th century, during which old hotels were no longer held in high regard, the Krafft was renovated and expanded in 1958. Following another standstill, the hotel was taken under the wings of the Edith Maryon Foundation at the initiative of its current leaseholder. With the support of the office for the preservation of historic buildings and monuments, the historic hotel was skillfully renovated over the next few years. The renovation’s main aim was to leave the checkered history of the hotel visible rather than introducing a uniform style. Since then, Swiss ‘Typenmöbel’ from the 20th century have provided the hotel with an unmistakable atmosphere. The hotel’s designation as Historic Hotel of the Year 2007 was a logical consequence of this careful renovation, carried out with much cultural-historical professionalism. The Icomos jury also noted the contemporary touches added with fresh creativity and particularly the enthusiasm with which the current managers have brightened up and brought back to life this historic city hotel. This success apparently inspired the owners to subsequently take over the neighboring building at Rheingasse 19, location of Kleinbasel’s first Consum store. In 2009, they opened the annex, again very professionally renovated. Modern guest rooms are on the top floors while a popular bar occupies the main floor. The Krafft has been a member of Swiss Historic Hotels since 2005. (RF)

Franz-Xaver Leonhardt
  • Host
  • Franz-Xaver Leonhardt
  • Hotel type
  • City hotel, Rhine
  • Hotel facilities
  • 60 rooms, free WLAN, restaurant, terrace, bar, meeting room, bicycles available
  • Hotel classification
  • ICOMOS-certified
  • Historic hotel of the year 2007
  • Price range
  • > CHF 200 / EUR 192
  • Open
  • all year
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