|24th Annual Meeting – Location|
Thursday – Saturday, October 16 – 18, 2014
Special Interest Groups Day Sunday, October 19, 2014
The 24th Annual Meeting will take place in Basel, Switzerland. Nestled in the heart of Europe in the three countries corner where Switzerland, Germany, and France meet, Basel is a pocket-sized metropolis that combines proverbial Swiss quality with a multicultural population. This makes the city unmistakably open-minded, happy, and innovative. Shouldering the Swiss Jura Mountains, the German Black Forest, and the French Vosges, Basel is Switzerland's third-largest city.
Basel’s hidden landmark is the river Rhine. As an important trade route, it played a major role in the city’s development. Today, it makes an important contribution to the high quality of life that Basel offers its residents and guests. Sun-worshipers, walkers, students, and executives chill out along its banks, while fitness buffs use it for exercising, as the Rhine Promenade is the city’s most popular jogging route. However, not only the river’s banks team with lively activity but also the river itself. Dozens of Rhine cruise boats and barges glide elegantly past the piers each day. Four ferries have also transported passengers from one bank to the other since the middle of the 19th century, powered only by the natural current of the river.
Basel is easily explored on foot or via its incredibly efficient public transportation system. (Hotel guests receive a ‘Mobility Ticket’ which allows for the free use of all public transportation during their stay in Basel.) The city is also home to the Munster Cathedral, made of red sandstone with a multi-colored tile roof. Green spaces abound, including the popular zoological gardens just outside the city center. Switzerland's largest site of Roman ruins, Augusta Raurica, is only 15 minutes away by train.
Basel sparkles with all kinds of culture. Nearly 40 museums with their long-established collections and spectacular special exhibitions are the foundation of Basel's reputation as a city of art and museums. However, art is to be found not only in the many museums but is encountered all over the city, and exciting contrasts are created by the presence of classical patrician houses and mediaeval churches side by side with modern buildings designed by major international architects such as Herzog & de Meuron or Renzo Piano.
Basel whets one’s appetite in the most varied and delightful ways. What applies to its remarkable cultural heritage is also true of its culinary scene. Thanks to the city’s location, its cuisine is both excellent and eclectic. Experience “culture unlimited” and an unrivaled savoir-vivre: the sunny banks of the Rhine, the romantic streets of the excellently preserved Old Town and countless boulevard cafés invite you to stroll and enjoy. In trendy bars or historic taverns – every taste is catered for. An excursion to the neighboring cantons of Baselland and Solothurn or to the Alsace or Baden regions is more than worth it for anyone with gourmet tendencies. Whether you enjoy hearty, plain cooking, exquisite haute cuisine or exotic specialties, the gastronomy scene in Basel and the surrounding area will cater to your every wish.
More information can be found at www.basel.com.
Revised 5 Jun 2014