EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg (BSL / LFSB)

EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg  (BSL / LFSB) is located around 3.5 km north of Basel – 20 km southeast of Mulhouse and 46 km southwest of Freiburg im Breisgau on the French side of the border. BSL/LFSB has one airside pier, splitted into French and Swiss side. The airport has two runways: 16/34 of 3,920 m (12,860 ft) in length, 26/08 of 1,860 m (6,102 ft) in length. For most of the day and in most conditions, runway 15 is used for landings and departures and 26 are used for takeoffs for biz-jets (max size Boeing 737 & 763 / Airbus 310 & 320).

EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg is as well the main basis for AMAC (Aircraft Maintenance and Completion) Aerospace and Jet Aviation Business-Jets with an full range of maintenance services for most current aircraft models and the majority of out-of-production models of Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault, Embraer and Gulfstream aircraft. You will see at BSL/LFSB a lot of Biz-Jets operations in every size, up to B747-8.

The center of Basel (station Basel HB) is easily accessible from the airport station, count between 15 and 20 minutes travel time. The rest of Switzerland is well connected by train, for example, you have 3:00 to Geneva, Lausanne 2:30 to or less than an hour to Bern or Zurich from Central Station.

Written by Yann Parmentier (local spotter) & Bruno Geiger (Frequent visitor) / (last update July 2016)

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Airport Information Runways 15/33 26/08
3.920 m (12.860 ft) 1.860 m (6.102 ft)
ICAO and IATA Codes LFSB for Mülhausen
LSZM for Basel
BSL for Basel
MLH for Mülhausen,
EAP for EuroAirport
Terminal French side Swiss side
Air France, HOP! for Air France, WiZZ Air, Aigle Azur, Air Algerie, dif. Charter Airlines Swiss, KLM, LH, EasyJet, Ryanair, TuiFly, dif. Charter Airlines
Spotting Information Ladder Needed at some spots, check where we’ve mentioned it.
Car Absolutely necessary.
Restrooms Within the Terminals, Hotels.
Drinks/Food There is a Reataurant/Hotel near Belveder Spotting Point. In the airport terminal you will find fast food and restaurants / toilets.
Hotels There are hotels within the airport area in all price categories.
Season Best sun position between April and October from the west side of the runway 15/33.
Runway Usage 15/33 Runway 15 is the main runway for the landing and departures.
08/26 Runway 26 is only used for Biz-Jets (rare).

Spot #1 – Approach Morning (Runway 16)
WHERE On the A35 direction (Paris, Strasbourg, Mulhouse) take the exit just after the airport called “BARTENHEIM” you will see from the highway a huge blue tower on your right which is the location of the morning spot runway 15. Then take on the right on “ROSENAU” drive through the road D66 and take the first way on your right. There’s a small path direct to the blue tower.
WHAT Only approach in the morning from Runway 15.
TIME From sunrise until approx 1200.
MISC. Nothing, bring what you need before coming here.
FOCAL LENGTH 744 = 140mm / 332 = 170mm / 738 = 240mm / ATR72 = 340mm / F2000 = 420mm
http://www.spotterguide.net/images/numbers/Number_002.png Spot #2 – Approach Morning (Runway 16)
WHERE Opposite point 6. Sens Basel –> Mulhouse, exit Bartenehim. Turn left Bartenheim. 100m before the roundabout take the left path, then ride-up. Opportunity to stop before the motocross field or continue after. Stop 300 / 400m before the forest.
WHAT Only approach in the morning from Runway 15
TIME From sunrise until approx 1200.
MISC. Nothing, bring what you need before coming here.
FOCAL LENGTH C135FR = 100mm / A319 = 130mm / Glex 3/4 300mm
Spot #3 – French Terminal side
WHERE Take the exit No.36 Euroairport / Blotzheim from the highway A35/E25 and follow to direction “Airport”. At the second cross drive to direction Airport F1 / F2 / F5. After the tunnel turn right and use direction Parking F5 / F10. At the next cross go ahead and drive up to the fence.
WHAT Parked Aircrafts, Push back from Terminal.
TIME Parked Aircrafts 10:00 to 14:00.
MISC. Nothing, bring what you need before coming here. Ladder necessary.
FOCAL LENGTH For parked aircrafts 20 mm – 150 mm, For push back 70mm – 200mm
 http://www.spotterguide.net/images/numbers/Number_04.png Spot #4 – Cargo on the ramp
WHERE Take direction Airport Arrivals and follow direction rent a car europcar parking. From here you have a hill next to the fences that you can take pictures through the fences. Do not stay to much of time at this spot. Take the pictures that you want and left.
WHAT Only aircraft on the ramp.
TIME Morning shot until approx 1200.
MISC. Nothing, bring what you need before coming here.
FOCAL LENGTH 70-300mm
 http://www.spotterguide.net/images/numbers/Number_05.png Spot #5 – The Viking Restoration
WHERE On the highway, you have to exit at “Hésingue” and follow it. At the roundabout take the first exit on the right and drive for about 900m/1km. You will arrived at the old maintenance building of LH Technik and Crossair at runway 26.
WHAT Only the Viking restoration could be taken here.
TIME Morning shot until approx 1200.
MISC. Nothing, bring what you need before coming here. A ladder is necessary with at least 3 steps.
FOCAL LENGTH 18mm or less.
 http://www.spotterguide.net/images/numbers/Number_06.png Spot #6 – The Bridge
WHERE At the roundabout of the casino, take the 1st face towards the airport and go up the whole road for approx 2km. At the first roundabout take the second exit 3/4 turn towards Freight / Japat. Stay on deck for shooting.
WHAT Runway 26 line-up in front of Hangar Crossair / LH Technic before entering Japat / Novartis.
TIME From morning until approx 1100.
MISC. Nothing, bring what you need before coming here.
FOCAL LENGTH  330 = 85mm / 738 = 130mm / C525 CJ1 = 300mm
 http://www.spotterguide.net/images/numbers/Number_07.png Spot #7 – Arrivals Runway 34 (Morning)
WHERE Take the exit Hésingue  (highway) then turn left towards Hésingue / Blotzehim. Arriving at the roundabout, take the 4th exit (3/4 turn), along the hill, then at some point there will be a path on the right after a short climb. Take it and park in the fields.
WHAT Only arrivals runway 34 morning.
TIME Morning shot until approx 1200.
MISC. Nothing, bring what you need before coming here.
FOCAL LENGTH 70-400mm
 http://www.spotterguide.net/images/numbers/Number_08.png Spot #8 – Arrivals Runway 34 (Afternoon)
WHERE Take the exit Hésingue  (highway) then turn left towards Hésingue / Blotzehim. Arriving at the roundabout, take 3rd exit until approx 8oom / 1km. There will be a crossroads, park on the right. The ASB (basel air service) building. Stay here for the approaches on rwy33 in the afternoon. Possibility to walk on the path direction east to take the aircraft on the ground at Amac ASB Jet.
WHAT Arrivals runway 34 and possibility to shots business jets on the ground at AMAC + ASB jet.
TIME Afternoon shots, from approx 1300/1400 to the end of the day.
MISC. Nothing, bring what you need before coming here.
FOCAL LENGTH Approaches shots : 319 = 180mm / G5 = 210mm / PC12 = 300mm
AMAC ground : 70-300mm or 50-500mm
 http://www.spotterguide.net/images/numbers/Number_09.png Spot #9 – AMAC Aerospace Switzerland
WHERE From the spot 8, take the road D105 direction west and exit at the first way on your right, follow the road “Rue de l’industrie” few meters and turn directly on the left to “Rue des Champs” until the end of the road you will see AMAC building.
WHAT Engines test and parked aircraft.
TIME Morning spot until 1230.
MISC. Nothing, bring what you need before coming here.
FOCAL LENGTH 727-200 = 50mm (runway) / B773 = 85mm (remote, engines tests) / 747 = 85mm / ATR72 = 210mm (remote, engines tests)
 http://www.spotterguide.net/images/numbers/Number_10.png Spot #10 – The Hill on runway 08
WHERE From the spot 9, continue on the same D105 direction west and take the road D201 “Avenue Nathan Katz” direction North. Turn on the small path on your left and park the car next to the road before the private area. You can also reach that spot from the spot 11.
WHAT Engines test and parked aircraft.
TIME Afternoon spot from 1300/1400 approx.
MISC. Nothing, bring what you need before coming here.
FOCAL LENGTH 346 = 110mm (remote, engines tests) / 321 = 210mm (runway)
 http://www.spotterguide.net/images/numbers/Number_11.png Spot #11 – Runway 08
WHERE To reach the spot 11, you have to continue on the same road D201 and same direction “Blotzheim” enter the village and take the road “Rue de la Chappelle” it’s at the beginning of the village on your right. Continue on this road until you reached the Church which will be on your left. At the Church you have a road on your right that you have to take and drive until the end of the path.
WHAT Engines test and parked aircraft.
TIME Morning until 1200 and end of afternoon.
MISC. Nothing, bring what you need before coming here.
FOCAL LENGTH MD87 = 28mm (taxiway) or 60mm (remote, engines tests) / 346 = 85mm (runway 26/08) or 18mm or less on the taxiway / 772 = 18mm (taxiway) / 722 = 50mm (remote engines tests).
 http://www.spotterguide.net/images/numbers/Number_12.png Spot #12 – Departures and Arrivals both runways
WHERE To reached the spot 12, you have to continue on the same road “Rue de la Chapelle” straight until the small path and the beginning of the airport fences.
WHAT Rotation shot runway 15, arrivals runway 33 or taxiing aircraft.
TIME Afternoon spot, from approx 1300 until the end of the day.
MISC. Nothing, bring what you need before coming here.
FOCAL LENGTH 772 = 120mm / 320/738 = 180mm / 342 = 180mm on taxi Bravo or 110mm on runway
 http://www.spotterguide.net/images/numbers/Number_13.png Spot #13 – Departures and Arrivals both runways
WHERE To reach the spot 13, you have to take the road on the left of the Church “Rue des Romains” and take the third path on the right “Rue de l’Aéroport” until the crossing, take on the right for the spot 13 + 14 or left for the spot 15 until the end of the path.
WHAT Rotation shot runway 15, arrivals runway 33 or taxiing aircraft. You have 4 spots in the same area that you can choose the angle of you pictures.
TIME Afternoon spot, from approx 1300 until the end of the day. A ladder is necessary at lest 3 to 5 steps.
MISC. Nothing, bring what you need before coming here.
FOCAL LENGTH MD87 160mm on runway and 260 taxi bravo / 320 = 190mm on runway / 346 = 105mm on runway
 http://www.spotterguide.net/images/numbers/Number_14.png Spot #14 – Warehouse Hill
WHERE To reach the spot 14, you have to take the road on the left of the Church “Rue des Romains” and take the third path on the right “Rue de l’Aéroport” until the crossing, take on the right for the spot 14 + 13 or left for the spot 15 until the end of the path. The spot is just in front of the intersection Fox and the General Aviaiton Hangar + Farnair.
WHAT Rotation shot runway 15, arrivals runway 33 or taxiing aircraft. You have 4 spots in the same area that you can choose the angle of you pictures. This spot is not so recommended but possible.
TIME Afternoon spot, from approx 1300 until the end of the day. A ladder is not necessary as you have a small hill.
MISC. Nothing, bring what you need before coming here.
FOCAL LENGTH 332 = 180mm
http://www.spotterguide.net/images/numbers/Number_15.png Spot #15 – Centre Runway 15/33
WHERE Take the exit No.36 Euroairport / Blotzheim from the highway A35/E25 and follow to direction “St Louis / Blotzheim” the next 2,7 km. After entering the village “Blotzheim” turn left at the second cross into Rue de l´Artisanat. Now continue the next 800 meters along the road to the Rue de l´Aeroport (on the left side). From here drive the next 300 meters on the Rue de l´Aeroport and turn left on the first country road. Drive the next 500 meter on this small country road and park your car 50 meters from the fence (please do not park your car directly by the fence otherwise you will get in troubles with the police).
WHAT Taking off and Landing rwy15/33, Taxiing after landing on rwy 33 to the Ramp
TIME Summer approx from 14:00 to sunset / Winter from 13:00 to sunset.
MISC. Nothing, bring what you need before coming here. Ladder necessary from 3 to 5 steps.
FOCAL LENGTH ATR42 = 235mm / C130 = 190mm / 319 = 170mm / 310 = 120mm / 772 = 85mm / 748 = 70mm
 http://www.spotterguide.net/images/numbers/Number_16.png Spot #16 – The Big Hill
WHERE From spot 13 + 14 + 15 get back on the main road “Rue des Romains” continue direction runway 33 and take the third path on the right, there’s a huge hill from where you can climb to the top.
WHAT Arrivals and departures both runways, watchout on the heat haze during summer could be a trick.
TIME Afternoon spot, from approx 1300 until the end of the day.
MISC. Nothing, bring what you need before coming here. Ladder not needed.
FOCAL LENGTH At least 300mm for the (330, 340, 777, 747) to 500mm for smaller.
 http://www.spotterguide.net/images/numbers/Number_17.png Spot #17 – Leclerc
WHERE Get back from the spot 15 and continue on the road “Rue de l’Artisanat” and follow Leclerc mall and park you car at the parking. Then you have to walk direction airport fences through the fields for about 300 to 400 meters.
WHAT Arrivals and departures both runways.
TIME Afternoon spot, from approx 1300 until the end of the day.
MISC. Nothing, bring what you need before coming here. A ladder is necessary with at lest 3 to 5 steps.
FOCAL LENGTH 738 = 90mm (runway) / 343 = 130mm (taxi bravo) or 65mm (runway) / D328 = 180mm (runway) / 7x = 170mm (runway)
http://www.spotterguide.net/images/numbers/Number_18.png Spot #18 – Belvedere (Runway 15) – (Mainspot at BSL)
WHERE Take the exit No.36 Euroairport / Blotzheim from the highway A35/E25 and follow to direction “St Louis / Blotzheim”. Drive to the tunnel (ca. 2,4 km from highway exit) and park your car directly after the tunnel on the right or left side. You can see the Belvedere Park (Photopoint) directly on the small hill on the right side of the road. Walk the narrow path up to the hill and you will find the platform as well the Belvedere Park.
WHAT Taking off and Landing rwy15/33, Taxiing to rwy15, LineUp rwy15 (only early morning), Hotel Taxiway to rwy15 lineup (rare).
TIME Summer from 14:00 to sunset / Winter from 13:00 to sunset.
MISC. Nothing, bring what you need before coming here. Ladder necessary 3 to 4 steps.
FOCAL LENGTH For takeoff and landing rwy16 40 mm – 150 mm, For taxi to rwy16 150 mm – 400 mm (possible heat distortion), For lineup rwy16 200 mm – 400 mm (heat distortion in summer), For Hotel Taxiway to rwy16 lineup100 mm – 250 mm
http://www.spotterguide.net/images/numbers/Number_19.png Spot #19 – Belvedere (Runway 15)
WHERE Walk from the Belvedere spotting point (Spot #18) approximately 500 meters along the fence.
WHAT Take Off and landing runway 15, Landing runway 33 (only heavy planes)
TIME Summer from 14:00 to sunset / Winter from 13:00 to sunset.
MISC. Nothing, bring what you need before coming here. Ladder necessary 3 to 4 steps.
FOCAL LENGTH For takeoff and landing rwy16/34 70 mm – 200 mm
http://www.spotterguide.net/images/numbers/Number_20.png Spot #20 – Approach Runway 15
WHERE Walk from the Belvedere spotting point (Spot #18) approximately 800 meters along the fence.
WHAT Landings on runway 15
TIME Summer from 14:00 to sunset / Winter from 13:00 to sunset.
MISC. Nothing, bring what you need before coming here.
FOCAL LENGTH Runway16 70 mm – 200 mm
 http://www.spotterguide.net/images/numbers/Number_21.png Spot #21 – Arrivals Runway 15 (Afternoon)
WHERE Bartenhain exit left, take the roundabout 4th out, then take the path on the left before the railway bridge. Opportunity to stay all along this trail for approaches. Aircraft are high.
WHAT Only approach runway 15 afternoon
TIME From 1230/1300 to the end of the day.
MISC. Nothing, bring what you need before coming here. Ladder necessary
FOCAL LENGTH CS100 = 275mm

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