Ten good reasons to opt for Basel

Abendstimmung am Rhein
The Rhine in Basel with the Old Town
  1. Basel is at the heart of Europe, located compactly at the point where France, Germany and Switzerland all meet.
  2. Basel can easily be reached by air (EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg), by rail (international hub on Europe's high-speed rail system), or by car. Direct rail links from Zurich international airport to Basel in about 1 hour.
  3. The Congress Center Basel is located in the heart of the City of Basel, right next to Messe Basel, surrounded by a wide range of outstanding restaurants and good shopping opportunities.
  4. 9,000 hotel rooms, 1,000 of which are within walking distance of the Congress Center Basel; all the other hotels can be reached by public transport in a maximum of 20 minutes.
  5. Basel is home to a large number of globally leading companies in the pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, medical engineering, logistics, finance, IT and communications technology sectors (including GABA International, Straumann, Novartis, Hoffmann-La Roche and Actelion).
  6. As Switzerland’s most dynamic economic region and one of the most productive worldwide, Basel is a key location for the life sciences industry.
  7. Basel is Switzerland's oldest university city (more than 550 years) and one of Europe's leading teaching and research locations for the life sciences, medical research, energy engineering and cultural sciences.
  8. Basel is compact, safe and clean. The dense public transport system will take you rapidly and punctually to wherever you need to go, including over the border into Germany or France. Hotel guests in Basel can use the city's public transport free-of-charge with their Mobility Ticket. 
  9. The well-preserved historic old town, which is well-known throughout Europe, and Basel's location on the Rhine make for a wide range of leisure activities and accompanying programmes in three different countries: Switzerland, France (Alsace) and Germany (Black Forest.)
  10. Basel is regarded as the cultural capital of Switzerland, not least on account of its 40 or so museums – some of which enjoy an international reputation.