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Basel

The central location in the heart of Europe where Switzerland, Germany and France meet, first-class transport connections and the largest congress centre in Switzerland make Basel an important meeting city in Europe.
The city’s Old Town dating back to the 13th century is one of the best-preserved in Europe. This historical setting is harmoniously contrasted by a series of contemporary buildings designed by internationally acclaimed architects such as Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano and Herzog & de Meuron. With its numerous top class museums, the city is rightly referred to as the cultural capital of Switzerland.
The Congress Center Basel, Switzerland’s largest congress centre by surface area is located in the city centre and offers 25 conference rooms for up to 5,000 delegates.

Stefan Bonsels
Stefan Bonsels

Sales Manager Convention Bureau

Location

Hemisphere: Northern
Continent: Europe
Country: Switzerland
City: Basel

Components

International Airports: 2
Currency: CHF (Swiss Francs)
Number of Hotels: 125
Number of Rooms: 10000

City Overview

The central location in the heart of Europe where Switzerland, Germany and France meet, first-class transport connections and the largest congress centre in Switzerland make Basel an important meeting city in Europe. The city’s Old Town dating back to the 13th century is one of the best-preserved in Europe. This historical setting is harmoniously contrasted by a series of contemporary buildings designed by internationally acclaimed architects such as Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano and Herzog & de Meuron. With its numerous top class museums, the city is rightly referred to as the cultural capital of Switzerland. The Congress Center Basel, Switzerland’s largest congress centre by surface area is located in the city centre and offers 25 conference rooms for up to 5,000 delegates.

CVB Overview

We offer unbiased advice to association meeting planners, including facilitating connections with appropriate local suppliers. Our team’s extensive local knowledge is available to assist with bids. Our services include venue search, accommodation handling, a pool of hosts, broad range of marketing material and much more. We support meeting planners on-site inspections helping them to make the most of their visit.

Knowledge Hub Overview

The Basel region is a global leader in the life sciences sector. Aside from Novartis and Roche, two of the top five pharmaceutical companies in the world, more than 700 life sciences companies are based in the region. In related industries, too, such as nanotechnology, medtech, precision medicine, healthcare, medical informatics, and nutraceuticals, there is a growing number of successful companies in our region.

Significant Convention Centres

Congress Center Basel is Switzerland’s largest conference centre and offers 25 conference halls and multifunctional facilities for up to 5,000 delegates. St. Jakobshalle Basel covers a total of 22,000 m2 for events, conferences and general assemblies. Volkshaus Basel hosts up to 500 delegates in its main hall, while Stadtcasino Basel can cater for up to 1,500 delegates. An extraordinary location is the football stadium St. Jakob-Park Basel, where the plenary can hold up to 240 delegates.

Protocol

The non-EU country Switzerland has been a member of the Schengen Area since 12 December 2008 and shares a common visa policy with all Schengen member states. This facilitates the travel of visitors to Basel.

Access

Basel is within a 15-minute drive of the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. This airport operates 80 to 100 daily scheduled flights to a network of 100 airports in 30 countries. Basel is also situated within an 80-minute direct train ride from Zurich Airport. The city is home to three mainline train stations, which offer direct connections to not only Zurich Airport, but also a number of major European destinations such as the ICE from Germany and TGV from France.

Accommodation

1,000 hotel rooms are in walking distance to the Congress Center Basel. Nearly 6,800 hotel rooms are located within a 15-minute drive from the city centre and an additional 3,200 rooms (including airbnbs) can be reached within 30 minutes. This includes accommodation in nearby Germany and France.

Attractions

Travel through time as you explore Basel on foot. Basel's Old Town is one of the best-preserved and most beautiful in Europe. You will find buildings dating back to the 15th century contrasting with the modern works of internationally renowned architects.

DMC's/PCO's

Congrex Switzerland Ltd. - headquartered in Basel; Organizers Switzerland Ltd. - located near Basel; MCI - one of the main PCOs headquartered in Switzerland

BaselCard

Each guest staying in Basel receives a free BaselCard when checking in at a hotel or airbnb. This permits the free use of public transport in the city of Basel including the transfer from and to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, free surfing on the guest WiFi plus a 50% discount on admission to Basel’s museums, Basel Zoo, Theater Basel and much more.

Knowledge Hubs

Architecture
Chemicals
Cosmetics
Medical Sciences/Healthcare
Transport & Communication