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Basel's central location makes it a first-class transport hub

Basel's central location makes it a first-class transport hub

It is within a 15-minute drive of the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, jointly operated by France and Switzerland. This airport operates 80 to 100 daily scheduled flights to a network of 60 to 80 airports in 30 countries. Basel is also situated within a 75-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. This includes the European high-speed trains TGV and ICE.

Once in Basel, visitors can hop aboard the city's public bus and tram system. Travelling within Basel is simple and extremely economical, thanks to the city's Mobility Ticket. All guests staying in Basel hotels receive this pass, which provides free public transportation within Basel for the duration of the stay.

Speaking of convenience, the city's Congress Center Basel, the largest conference centre in Switzerland, is situated within 10 minutes of all three railway stations and accessible by public tram. Located in the centre of Basel, next to first-class hotels, restaurants and shops, the centre houses 24 conference rooms.

In addition to the vast Congress Center Basel, the city is home to a number of unique venues that serve as fantastic gathering spaces while immersing guests in Basel's culture and heritage. The Old Town's Restaurant Gifthuettli serves traditional Swiss fare, while Restaurant Safran Zunft specialises in Swiss and regional selections, served under soaring ceilings and chandeliers in the huge Saffron Guild mansion. Situated on the banks of the Rhine, Restaurant Rhypark serves Mediterranean offerings in a sleek, contemporary space with impressive water views. Housed in the oldest guesthouse in Basel, Gasthof zum Goldenen Sternen serves creative cuisine with a French touch in an historic interior.

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Stefan Bonsels
Stefan Bonsels Sales Manager Convention Bureau
  • Basel Tourism & Convention Bureau
  • Aeschenvorstadt 36
  • Basel
  • 4010
  • Switzerland
  • National Languages: German , French , Italian , Romansh
  • Time Zone: CET

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Transport

EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiberg (BSL) Located within a 15-minute drive of the centre of Basel, EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport actually sits on French soil, but is jointly operated by France and Switzerland. Basel Airport operates 80 to 100 daily scheduled flights, with a scheduled flight network of 60 to 80 airports in 30 countries.

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Climate & Weather

Mild average daytime temperatures of 10.3°C in spring, 18.8°C in summer, 10.5°C in autumn and 2.4°C in winter. The daytime temperature in the summer months can reach as high as 35°C, however low atmospheric humidity means that it is always very pleasant. In winter snow rarely settles for long periods.

Unusual Venues

The variety of locations in Basel for conference dinners ranges from the traditional Restaurant Zum Braunen Mutz, Kunst­halle Basel, Safran Zunft or Volkshaus Basel to modern venues, such as the restaurant Noohn or the Rhypark, an event hall overlooking the Rhine River.

Other thrilling dinner venues include the Pantheon Basel, a vintage car museum, the football stadium St Jakob-Park Basel, the neo-Gothic Elisabeth Church or one of the Basler Rheinschifffahrt ships. A well-kept secret is the cinema complex Pathé Küchlin, where you can rent single halls or even the whole complex for a conference, pro­duct presentation or a private movie evening. Projects to come are extensive renovations of the St Jakobshalle Basel and the Stadt-Casino Basel.

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Transfers

All guests staying in Basel hotels receive the Mobility Ticket, which provides free use of public transport within Basel. On the day of arrival, the hotel reservation confirmation guarantees a free transfer by public transport from Basel rail stations or from EuroAirport to the hotel.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Basel is a certified “city on its way to the 2,000-Watt Society”. The Canton of Basel-Stadt was honoured with this new label by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy on 1 October 2014, for its ambitious energy policy.

As an Energy City, Basel received the European Energy Award®GOLD for the first time in 2006 and was able to improve by additional percentage points at the recertification in both 2010 and 2014. The aim of the Energy City label is to make measurable and visible how municipalities and cities use their scope for action to boost energy efficiency and to promote the development of renewable energy as well as environmentally friendly mobility.

At present, 357 Swiss municipalities carry the Energy City label, 31 of which have been awarded European Energy Award®GOLD. Only four Swiss municipalities carry the new 2,000-Watt label, among them Basel.

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Activities

Basel Cathedral

Known as Basel's most famous landmark, Basel Cathedral was built between the 12th and 15th century in Romanesque and Gothic styles. Adorning the city's landscape with its red sandstone walls, colourful roof tiles and twin towers, the cathedral houses a crypt, chancel and tomb that demonstrate the building's construction over several centuries. Visitors can tour the cathedral and its grounds, view changing exhibits in the cathedral and its architecture, as well as climb 250 steps to take in a unique view of Basel from the top of its tower.

Fondation Beyeler

Heralded as Switzerland's most visited art museum, the striking Fondation Beyeler houses Hildy and Ernst Beyeler's more than 200-work collection focusing on classic modernism. Opened in 1997, the museum is set in scenic Berower Park and designed to integrate nature, daylight and art, radiating simplicity in its light-filled gallery spaces. The world-class collection includes works by such 19th, 20th and 21st-century masters as Monet, Cezanne, van Gogh, Picasso, Warhol and Lichtenstein.

Tinguely Museum

Perched along the Rhine on the eastern part of Solitude Park, the Tinguely Museum houses the greatest collection of works by Jean Tinguely, one of the most innovative and important artists of the 20th century, known for his witty, ironic work. The museum's collection spans four decades of Tinguely's work, and includes sculptures, drawings, letter-drawings, documents, exhibition posters, catalogues and photographs.

Rhine Cruise

From April to October, the company Basler Personenschifffart offers a variety of regular cruises along the Rhine, taking passengers through the locks at Birsfelden on the way to Rheinfelden, as well as through the harbour and as far as the border triangle. Designed for families and business groups alike, the cruises feature a variety of on-board programmes and entertainment.

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Team Building Events

Beschle Chocolatier – make your own chocolate: There is no other foodstuff more closely associated with Switzerland than chocolate. A visit to the famous Basel chocolatier allows you a precious insight into the manufacturing, processing and refining of chocolate, followed, of course, by some tasting. Afterwards you can put your newly-gained knowledge into practice and create your own chocolate.

'Classic' City Treasure Hunt: On our treasure hunt you will have the opportunity to explore Basel under your own steam, but with a little guidance. After a short briefing, our treasure hunters, armed with their city maps, various location descriptions and a Polaroid camera, are sent on their way. The short dash through the streets of Basel is aimed at discovering the concealed treasures of the city, along the way solving tricky clues and finding answers to the most varied of questions.

Day trip to Alsace: With its quaint little villages and century-old timber-framed houses, traditional costume festivals and inviting vineyard landscape, Alsace is an enchanting place to visit. Our excursion gives you the chance to visit this area of France neighbouring the canton of Basel. The day trip includes a tour of the town of Colmar, with its picturesque old town. With its numerous traditional restaurants, the capital of the Alsace wine region has plenty to offer the gourmet. On the way back, the tour also stops by the mediaeval town of Eguisheim, which lies in the foothills of the Vosges mountains.

 

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Programmes

Corporate Meetings Sample Programme

Day 1:

Arrival at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. Transfer by airport shuttle bus no 50 to Basel SBB train station (travel time 15 minutes; free use of the shuttle bus for hotel guests). Change to tram no 10 and after four stops you arrive in front of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Basel.

Check-in at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Basel, where delegates obtain their Mobility Ticket for free use of public transport in the city during the entire stay.

Welcome dinner at the hotel restaurant Filini.

Day 2:

Full day meeting in the room Berlin. Lunch break in the foyer.

Team building activity in the late afternoon: If you want to discover the concealed treasures, peculiarities and other hidden nooks and crannies of Basel from a slightly different perspective, the city treasure hunt is the ideal activity for you.

Dinner at the traditional restaurant Zum Braunen Mutz, a five-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Basel (or two stops by tram).

Day 3:

Half day meeting. After the lunch break, transfer to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg or Zurich Airport (direct train from Basel SBB train station, travel time 1h 15min)

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Incentive Sample Programme

Scenario: three-day conference with 2,000 delegates and industrial exhibition

Venue: Congress Center Basel

Day -3:

Arrival of the organising team and check-in at the headquarter hotel Swissôtel Le Plaza Basel located adjacent to the Congress Center Basel. The hotel is located in same building as the Congress Center Basel and offers its guests direct access to the venue.

Day -2:

Start of the set-up of the industrial exhibition in the foyer area of the Congress Center Basel (2,200 sqm) and set-up of the conference office and registration area.

Arrival of the board members and check-in at the headquarter hotel Swissôtel Le Plaza Basel.

Day -1:

Set-up of the industrial exhibition and meeting of the board members at room Miami (37 sqm with daylight).

Arrival of the delegates and start of registration. One thousand hotel rooms in different categories are located in walking distance to the Congress Center Basel (eg Swissôtel Le Plaza Basel, Ramada Plaza Basel, Pullman Basel Europe, Dorint Hotel an der Messe Basel, Hotel Du Commerce, Hotel Alexander). From all other hotels in the city the Congress Center Basel can by reached by public transport (bus and tram).

Evening: Welcome reception in the exhibition area.

Day 1:

Opening ceremony and start of the conference. Beside the plenary hall for 1,300 delegates, the programme requires nine break-out rooms for between 80 and 500 delegates.

Day 2:

Conference and industrial exhibition. In the evening, conference dinner at the Volkshaus Basel for 300 guests. The venue is located a five-minute walk from the Congress Center Basel.

Day 3:

Conference, closing ceremony and dismantling of the industrial exhibition.

Day 4:

Post-conference tours including a visit of the medieval Old Town of Basel, a cruise on the Rhine River as well as a full day excursion to Lucerne and Mount Pilatus.

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Testimonials

Maurus Winzap - President Local Organising Commitee

IFA 2015 Congress Basel

It was excellent in all ways: the scientific program was very interesting, the premises were very comfortable and prettily designed, the staff was kind and helpful, the social program allied nicely culture and pleasure and the food was superb.”
This is just one of the many positive feedbacks the local organising committee received for IFA Congress 2015 in Basel. More than 2200 delegates and accompanying persons enjoyed five days in Basel and Switzerland.

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