Basel lies in the heart of Europe, on both banks of the Rhine. The Swiss city is the centre of the idyllic border triangle of France, Germany and Switzerland – lying between the Swiss Jura, Germany’s Black Forest and the Vosges in Alsace. Thanks to its manageable size and the excellent public transport network, it’s quick and easy to get around the city.
If you are travelling by air, you can reach the city via EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg or nearby Zurich Airport. It’s very easy to plan your journey via the three railway stations and the major motorways. Cruise ships also travel down the Rhine to Basel every day.
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The official language of the BOOM Summit will be English. All presentations and discussions should be in English.
Most European, US and Canadian citizens do not require an entry visa for Switzerland. Please consult the Swiss Embassy or Consulate nearest to you for specific details relating to visas. It is a responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa if required.
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The climate of Basel is moderately continental, with cold winters and warm summers. The average temperature in April for a typical day ranges from a high of 15°C (59°F) to a low of 4°C (39°F).
Visitors traveling to Basel should plan on bringing a totally waterproof coat since it will often be raining. Plan on layering your clothes. Some days or part of the day it will be nice and warm and some moments it can be a bit chilly.
Switzerland remains with the Swiss franc, indicated as CHF. While Switzerland is not part of the European Union, many prices are nonetheless indicated in euros so that visitors may compare prices.
Merchants may accept euros but are not obliged to do so. Change given back to the client will most likely be in Swiss francs.
Credit cards and debit cards are accepted almost everywhere.
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Guest attendance policy
All event activities (including educational sessions, meal functions, exhibit hall, etc.) are exclusively reserved for registered attendees. Non-registered guests (including children, family members, colleagues, etc.) are not allowed in any of the event areas. Badges provided at registration are required for entrance into all functions and will be strictly enforced.