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Basel, Switzerland Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 62
Total Sleeping Rooms 9,000
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 238
Committable Meeting Rooms* 7
Convention Center Space 141,000 Sq. Mtr.
Largest Exhibit Space 74,000 Sq. Mtr.
Average Hotel Room Rate CHF 208
Average Daily Meal Cost CHF 90
Average Weekly Car Rental CHF 411
*Maximum for a single hotel

Basel, Switzerland Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent’s MICE Guide to Basel, a city guide for MICE professionals. Widely known as the cultural center of Switzerland, as well as a vibrant university town rich in history, economy, and theatre, Basel is also a major transportation hub and home to the largest conference center in Switzerland. The third-largest city in Switzerland, Basel's scenic positioning along the Rhine, and at the northwest area of Switzerland near the French and German borders, puts visitors within easy reach of a variety of major European cities. Basel's accessibility, fantastic cultural offerings, and excellent meeting infrastructure make this Swiss city an ideal meeting and tourism destination.

Basel's central location makes it a first-class transport hub, integrated in the European high-speed train network and within a 15-minute drive of the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. Jointly owned by France and Switzerland, EuroAirport operates 690 weekly scheduled flights, with a scheduled flight network of more than 90 airports in 30 countries. Aside from EuroAirport, Basel is situated within a 75-minute train trip from Zurich Airport via direct rail connection. Further, Basel is an important hub in international rail travel with excellent direct connections within Switzerland as well as direct ICE connections from Germany (Frankfurt: 2 hrs 40 min) and TGV connections from France (Paris: 3 hrs 3 min). Direct trains also travel to and from Italy (Milano Centrale).

Once in Basel, visitors can hop aboard the city's public bus and tram system, which consists of nine tram routes and 13 bus routes. Thanks to the city's Mobility Ticket, traveling within Basel is not only simple, but also extremely economical. All guests staying in Basel hotels receive this pass, which ensures free public transportation within Basel for the duration of the stay, at a maximum of 30 days.

Speaking of convenience, the city's Congress Centre Basel, the largest conference center in Switzerland, is situated within 10 minutes of all three railway stations and accessible by public tram. Located in the center of Basel, next to first-class hotels, restaurants and shops, the center houses 25 meeting rooms, including the 42,000-square-foot Hall, 34,444-square-foot Event Hall, 12,917-square-foot Event Hall Foyer and meeting rooms ranging from 398 to 13,272 square feet. Congress Centre Basel with 25 rooms is located next to Messe Basel with an exhibition area of 141,000sqm in 5 halls and offers capacities for up to 10,000 people.

In addition to its sprawling Congress Centre Basel, the city is also home to a number of unique venues that not only serve as fantastic gathering spaces, but also immerse guests in Basel's culture and heritage. Groups can reserve private tours of the historic Old Town and learn about its history. For a more wild experience, groups can take a private tour of the award-winning Basel Zoo. Opened in 1874, the zoo houses 600 indigenous and exotic species in scenic exhibits and grounds.

Another option is a tour in one of Basel's famous museum, like the Fondation Beyeler, the Kunstmuseum Basel, or the Museum Tinguely.

About Basel, Switzerland / Additional Info

Known as the oldest university city in Switzerland, home to the University of Basel, Basel is much more than a cultural mecca of 40 museums, many of which recognized around the world. The city is also one of Europe's leading teaching and research locations for life sciences, medical research, energy and cultural sciences, and one of the most important trade fair and congress centers in Switzerland.

Basel's rich history dates back to 30 B.C., when Romans stationed military forces on the hill now occupied by the iconic Basel Cathedral. The city founded its university in 1460, thereby welcoming many of Europe's greatest minds to Basel to become a center of humanism and book printing. The city's Reformation period brought with it the growth of silk weaving and dyeing industries, which gave rise to Basel's pharmaceutical and chemical companies that thrive today. The city's research institutes and academic institutions blend seamlessly into its cosmopolitan culture, mix of modern and historical architecture, and compact Old Town buildings dating from the 13th and 14th centuries. This district envelopes visitors in Basel's history and heritage and is in walking distance of the city's major meeting hotels. Basel Tourism runs a number of tours that introduce visitors to Basel's history and sites. The classic Old Town City tour takes visitors on a two-hour walking tour throughout the historic district's winding streets and alleyways, while the Vintage Tram City tour welcomes visitors to hop aboard 1920s trams to learn about little-known Basel facts and highlights. For a different view of the city, visitors and groups alike can opt for a cruise on the Rhine, operated by the company Basler Personenschifffahrt from April to October.

Visitors to Basel frequent Reigoldswil-Wasserfallen, one of the most loved excursion destinations in the region. There they can board panoramic gondola cars to ride up the mountain, which features hiking trails and winter sports recreation, and then come back to the valley via sled or scooter. Situated just 10 minutes from Basel in nearby Pratteln, Aquabasilea is a waterworld paradise home to a leisure pool, vitality pool, sauna facility, spa, and fitness area.

Aside from its heritage sites, museums, theatres, and nearby excursions, Basel is home to a number of fine restaurants that welcome group dining. Old Town's Restaurant Gifthuettli serves traditional Swiss fare, while Restaurant Safran Zunft specializes in Swiss and regional selections, served under soaring ceilings and chandeliers in the sprawling 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 a historic interior and two summer terraces. Last but not least, Schloss Bottmingen is situated in a romantic 14th-century moated castle with a large garden terrace.

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