Venue & Logistics
BOS 2018 will take place at the Congress Center Basel which is one of the most modern congress centres in Switzerland. Equipped with the latest technology, it provides an excellent atmosphere for conferences and exhibitions. The Congress Center is located directly alongside Messe Basel in the heart of the city. The historic Old Town, the shopping areas and the many museums and parks can be reached comfortably by foot or by public transport.
Congress Center Basel
Accommodation during BOS 2018
We are pleased to collaborate again with Basel Tourism to offer you a range of hotel options at improved rates during stay in Basel.
Note: Although most of the rooms we were holding were released on 6th May, the hold has been extended at two hotels, namley ibis Budget until 20th May, and Hotel D until 21st May.
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City of Basel
Basel is a city that both values tradition and is open to innovation. Thus, along with the classical patrician residences and medieval churches in the well-preserved Old Town, one also finds numerous modern buildings by internationally renowned architects such as Richard Meier, Mario Botta, Renzo Piano or Herzog & de Meuron.
Basel is located at the junction of three countries. Proverbial Swiss quality meets a multicultural population in the border area with France and Germany, which gives the city its distinctively cosmopolitan, international and innovative flavour. The historic Old Town, with its quaint squares and winding streets, never fails to impress visitors with its charm. The sun-drenched banks of the Rhine, dreamy narrow streets and countless outdoor cafés invite visitors and residents alike to stroll and savour the atmosphere.
One of the city’s highlights is the Fondation Beyeler, a museum built by architect Renzo Piano and idyllically situated in Berower Park. Another world-class museum is the Kunstmuseum with paintings and drawings by Upper-Rhine and Flemish artists from 1400 to 1600 and international art of the 19th to 21st centuries. Basel is also well known for Art Basel, the world's premier international art show for modern and contemporary works. The event attracts more than 65,000 visitors yearly, from all over the world.
This city on the Rhine is a key international transportion hub, with a nearby airport, a port on the Rhine, two central stations, a dense public transport network and a modern road system ensuring good connections to the rest of the world.
Travel to and within Basel
Basel is a compact city. The Congress Center Basel is located in the middle of town and is within easy walking distance of many hotels located in the city centre.
The Congress Center Basel (tram stop Exhibition Square) is easily accessible from all railway stations:
- From the SBB/SNCF railway station, take tram no. 1 or no. 2 directly to the Exhibition Square (Messeplatz)
- From the Badischer Bahnhof, take tram no. 1, no. 2 or no. 6
- From Basel city centre, take tram no. 6 or no. 14
Each guest staying in a hotel in Basel will receive a Mobility Ticket upon check-in, which is valid for the duration of your stay. This allows free use of the public transportation system in the city of Basel and its environs (zones 10, 11, 13 and 15, including the trip to and from the airport). On the day of arrival, the reservation confirmation from the hotel guarantees a free transfer by public transport from the train station or the EuroAirport. So please don't forget to print your hotel confirmation and to take it with you on the tram or bus!
Arriving at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg
- 15 minutes from the city center
- Transfer to the city center by bus, taxi or hire car
- Bus connections to the city centre every 15 minutes, transfer time is 20 minutes
- Take bus no. 50 until "Basel SBB" and then tram no. 2 to "Exhibition Square"
- The EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse is served by several European airlines such as Air France, Lufthansa, Air Berlin and Easy Jet.
- For further information, visit www.euroairport.com
- Direct rail connections to Basel every hour
- Transfer time is approximately 1 hour
- For further information, visit www.flughafen-zuerich.ch
- Over 4,500 weekly scheduled and chartered flights from more than 160 destinations
- All direct intercontinental flights into Switzerland land at Zurich, the largest airport in Switzerland.
Basel is an international rail hub: direct ICE, IC and EC daytime and night-time connections from Germany, Austria, Italy, France and the Benelux countries.
Basel is located at the junction of the European north-south and east-west freeway axes. Travel by car is convenient and parking spaces are available at many hotels.
|From Germany/France:||Freeway A5 south until the Swiss border, please cross the border and follow the freeway.|
|From Switzerland:||Freeway A1 or A3 in direction of Basel. Please use exit "Messe / Bad. Bahnhof"|
The use of Swiss motorways is chargeable, and you will require a sticker to be displayed on your windscreen. The sticker costs CHF 40 and is available at borders, petrol stations and post offices.
The official car park at the Congress Center Basel has ample spaces and car parking charges are payable.
Sponsors and Exhibitors
Detailed sponsor and exhibitor information may found here - Complete Sponsor Guide.
Public Transportation in Basel