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Bildungszentrum 21

The listed building in which the evangelische Missionswerk (Protestant Mission) is based is located at the heart of an idyllic landscaped garden, and is an ideal venue for events of all kinds. The city centre and many of Basel's cultural treasures are just a few minutes away by foot or public transport.

Photo: BildungsZentrum 21

With its central yet quiet location on a 15,000 square metre site with wonderful gardens and mature trees, BildungsZentrum 21 offers excellent accommodation and is an inspirational place to work: the upper story of the listed building contains 68 comfortable single and double rooms with splendid views of Basel and the garden. The cosy restaurant «Zum Rosengarten» has a leafy setting and serves fine culinary specialities. The extensive library and a unique archive will enrich your stay in the building.

The twelve seminar rooms and eight group rooms (all generously endowed with daylight) are equipped with the latest technology and state-of-the-art facilities. A modem connection at table height, a large table top and good lighting ensure a pleasant working atmosphere in the guest rooms. Seating arrangements in the auditorium on the ground floor with up to 250 seats are absolutely flexible and can easily be converted into seating for a concert, banquet, seminar or a U-shape assembly. With their different sizes and ambiences, the rooms are suitable for meetings and conferences as well as banquets and festive occasions.

Whenever one requires conference facilities, a meeting room or a party or banquet hall in Basel, then BildungsZentrum 21 is sure to meet the needs. Furthermore, one will be supporting proven and long-standing programmes and projects run by the globally-active Protestant Mission Basel. An experienced team is on hand to realise the particular wishes of individual organisers, and will help with the professional planning and implementation of events, providing guests with expert advice in all associated matters.

Address/contact
BildungsZentrum 21
Missionsstrasse 21, Postfach 4003 Basel
Phone +41 (0)61 260 21 21; Fax +41 (0)61 260 21 22

Website Bildungszentrum 21

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Offene Kirche Elisabethen

Offene Kirche Elisabethen is the most important Neo-Gothic church in Switzerland. With its imposing historical interior, it offers an unconventional setting for a wide variety of events. Located right at the centre of Basel, Offene Kirche Elisabethen is directly adjacent to Basel Theatre.

 

Photo: Oliver Hochstrasser / Offene Kirche Elisabethen

Offene Kirche Elisabethen was erected between 1857 and 1865, and was the first entirely new Protestant church to be built in Basel after the Reformation. The Neo-Gothic Offene Kirche Elisabethen is a vaulted hall church with three naves, galleries, front tower (east) and polygonal choir (west). During the course of its planning and execution, countless modifications were made, above all to the interior. The grey sandstone exterior of the church was renovated between 1895 and 1899. The gargoyles on the roof, the gable relief above the main entrance, the pulpit and the other sculptured parts of the building were designed by Jacques-Ange Corbel (Paris). The stone pulpit forms the focal point of the church.

The church is centrally located, and can be reached easily by tram or railway (2 tram stops from the central railway station, Bahnhof SBB). It is run by the ecumenical Association Offene Kirche Elisabethen (Open Elisabethen Church Association) as a place of social, cultural and spiritual-religious diversity, as a platform for new and experimental forms of expression, as a forum for interaction, debate and discussion. In addition, the church Association organises its own events and can be hired by outside parties to stage a wide range of further events. It provides an experimental setting for contemporary, temporal and humanistic forms of spiritually, and presents Basel's innovative and rich art and cultural scene with a new theatre of action. Artists drawn from a wide range of disciplines use Elisabethenkirche to present their artistic endeavours and work (exhibitions, spatial-specific installations, theatre, dance, performances, events, concerts, readings, podium discussions, etc.).

The Association also hires the church out for commercial events such as inter alia soirees, anniversaries, corporate events, concerts, wedding celebrations, banquets, exhibitions, discos and birthday parties. With a floor area of 530 m2, Elisabethenkirche offers space for about 1'200 standing guests, or seating for 850 when concerts are given. Alternatively, banquets for up to 150 seated guests can be accommodated. The church is equipped with a permanent loudspeaker system. In addition, stage sections, a projection screen, slide and overhead projectors are available to event organisers. Special technical support and equipment can also be organised upon request. The Elisabethenkirche team will be pleased to help you plan and hold your event, ensuring that this is turned into a success in the special ambience of the church.

Address/contact
Offene Kirche Elisabethen
Elisabethenstrasse 10-14, CH-4051 Basel
Phone +41 (0)61 272 03 43 (9-12h); Fax +41 (0)61 272 04 01

Website Offene Kirche Elisabethen Basel

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Gundeldinger-Casino

At the centre of the green-belt area of Gundeldingen stands the eponymous Casino, affectionately known as Gundeli. Its position just behind the central station makes it easy to reach. A wide choice of halls, an up-to-date infrastructure, and superb gastronomy provide the perfect ambience for any type of event.

Photo: Gundeli-Casino

The Gundeldinger-Casino is a good example of modern architecture, in a central position close to the central station, at the heart of the green-belt district of Gundeldingen. Its well-equipped public rooms, with their modern technical infrastructure, are particularly suitable for assemblies, seminars, conferences, general meetings, banquets, congresses, concerts, festive occasions, and much more.

With concert seating, the main auditorium holds 400, with banquet seating 350. On the third basement floor, this is reached via a generous foyer and cloakrooms. This room also has a spacious stage suitable every type of performance and presentation. The stage is freely available, with all the necessary technical equipment and small dressing rooms for performers.

The Thomas-Platter hall on the first floor has totally flexible seating that is readily converted to concert seating, banqueting layout, seminar seating, and U-shaped seating. Depending on seating layout, it can hold from thirty to ninety people. Three conference rooms are also available, and each can hold from fifteen to thirty people, depending on seating layout.

The standard equipment in all rooms includes a flipchart, video and slide projectors, overhead projector, screen, whiteboard, pin-board, and amplifier system. The Casino also has high-quality restaurant facilities and an in-house catering service that easily meets the most demanding standards, from cocktails, snacks, and lunches, to banquets.

Address/contact
Gundeldinger-Casino Basel AG
Güterstrasse 211 CH - 4053 Basel
T 0041 61 515 63 98
info@gundeli-casino.ch

Reservations
3forEvents Marketing GmbH
Oberer Walchmattweg 3
CH-5027 Herznach
T +41 62 878 22 55
info@3forEvents.com
www.3forEvents.com 

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Kleines Klingental

The historical building «Kleines Klingental» (small Klingental), built in 1274, is situated right on the Basel Rhine promenade and offers an ideal setting for events in a personal and impressive atmosphere. Basels many cultural treasures can be reached within a short walk.

Photo: Refektorium im Museum Kleines Klingental

The Kleine Klingental was constructed in 1274 as a Dominican nunnery and named after its founder Walter von Klingen. Since 1939, the Basel Monument Preservation Office (Basler Denkmalpflege) and the collection of cathedral sculptures are located here. Much of the ground floor is occupied by the refectory (former dining room). Equipped with a late Gothic, double-vaulted slat ceiling (from around 1490), the room is divided into two "ships" by two prominent wooden pillars. A richly profiled doorway connects the refectory with the monastery kitchen. Smoke-blackened ceiling beams and the mighty chimney funnel remind us of the former purpose of the room. The small refectory is located on the first floor on the Rhine side. The room is panelled and endowed with profiled beams (1508).

The entire house, which is under monumental protection, is open to the public and can be rented out for private events. The historic rooms can be furnished within a short time for various purposes and can accommodate 250 people for a standing aperitif, 180 people for concert seating and 160 people for banquet seating. With their different sizes and ambiences, the rooms are suitable for meetings and conferences as well as banquets and festive occasions. The historical atmosphere in the immediate proximity to Basel's Rhine promenade is one-of-a-kind and renders every event a unique experience. A competent and highly experienced team fulfils the wishes of the organisers and is readily available with advice and support right from the preparation phase.

Address/contact
Museum Kleines Klingental
Viktor Frei
Unterer Rheinweg 26, CH-4058 Basel
Phone +41 (0)79 303 00 82, Fax +41 (0)61 267 66 44
viktor.frei@bs.ch

Website Kleines Klingental

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Merian Gärten

The spacious and colourful grounds of Merian Park Botanical Gardens in Brüglingen are an oasis of peace, relaxation and recreation. Located just a short distance from the city centre, the park with its numerous historical buildings is an excellent location for a wide variety of events.

Photo: Merian Gärten

A stroll though the wonderful botanical collections, fascinating biotopes and carefully-tended grounds of the park is sufficient to banish the stress of everyday life, step by lawn-cushioned step; a sense of calm soon prevails. You can also enjoy precisely this atmosphere at social, business or cultural events. What marks out the numerous unusual buildings within this historical setting is not just their stylish atmosphere, but also the infrastructure that turns every event into a special experience. Irrespective of which building is chosen by event organisers, at Merian Park hosts can be sure of selecting a location with a unique appeal. A location which helps make every event a memorable success. Merian Park can be reached with ease by public transport. Outstanding cuisine is also available: an exquisite restaurant is located in the gardens' historic Villa Merian, the one-time summer seat of the founder, Christoph Merian.

The two-storey farm building, the «museum barn», is an imposing structure. The spacious, high-ceilinged Holzsaal (Wooden Hall) is located on the upper storey of this building, which was built in 1905. The historical hall, richly decorated with tub plants, exudes a very special atmosphere and forms an exceptional and impressive setting for parties, concerts or even corporate events (up to 300 persons).

The great profusion of plants in the two capacious greenhouses creates a unique atmosphere. The translucence of the greenhouses creates a particularly intensive proximity to the natural world, while the technical equipment ensures the required security. From June to October these can be hired out for parties, concerts or even exhibitions (up to 100 persons).

The Orangery, which was built around 1850 in the Neo-Renaissance style, and which is an excellent vantage point from which to admire the approx. 450 plant species in the pharmacological garden, is without doubt the gem amongst the buildings at Merian Park. Stylish rooms with round arches and friezes with rosettes adorn the elevated central section, which is flanked by two lower side wings. While the Orangery was used originally to house Mediterranean plants during the winter months, today it hosts more sophisticated activities: it is now an elegant setting for smart parties and festivities, exhibitions, concerts and lectures (up to 100 persons).

The atmosphere in this farm building, which was built in 1837, is thoroughly bucolic. Originally used as horse stables, today the space can be used to host wonderful parties or to hold lectures in a relaxed setting (up to 60 persons).

The tenant building was built in 1839 in Florentine Renaissance style. During the comprehensive renovation which was completed in 1997, a conference room was created on the top floor. This is ideal for lectures, courses, seminars and project work. The conference room, with its venerable wooden beams and natural charm, is likely to make almost any work easier (up to 100 persons).

Address/contact
Merian Park, Botanischer Garten in Brüglingen AG
Vorder Brüglingen 5, 4052 Basel
Phone +41 (0)61 319 97 81; Fax +41 (0)61 311 87 84

Website Merian Gärten

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Rheinschiff MS Christoph Merian

The MS Christoph Merian is the flagship of Basel's passenger shipping company, Basler Personenschifffahrt. With its spacious and elegant salons on the main and upper decks, as well as its high standard of comfort, this modern ship provides a stylish setting for events of all kinds. The ship's open structure also offers wonderful panoramic views of the many sights in Basel and the region.
The flagship of Basel's passenger shipping company, Basler Personenschifffahrt, the MS Christoph Merian, appears elegant and futuristic. The filigree, slender form lends the ship an unusual lightness. The open structure with well-lit, generously glazed decks, provides wonderful panoramic views of the many sights in Basel and the region.

Photo: Basler Personenschifffahrt

The level of comfort is also exceptional: the MS Christoph Merian is equipped with a total of 290 interior seats and 200 exterior seats. Its birch-wood panelling lends the well-lit salons on the main and upper decks, as well as the foredeck with its large bar, an extremely spacious and elegant effect. The boat is also equipped with a stair-lift for the less able-bodied, providing access to the saloons from the foredeck. Air conditioning guarantees a pleasant sojourn at any time of the year. The upper and lower decks are equipped with a special plissé curtain system to exclude external light for projector presentations. This also offers effective protection against the sun. The state-of-the-art galley is capable of meeting the most sophisticated culinary requests. Catering lifts ensure that each dish can be served "à la minute." The MS Christoph Merian is also characterised by a fast, quiet and vibration-free passage across water, and is specially designed to be environmentally-friendly. The safety concept is likewise exemplary: a comprehensive network of monitoring and alarm systems, such as e.g. video monitoring equipment, ensure the highest safety standards.

Since being launched on 19 June 1992, the MS Christoph Merian has been not just the centre of a great deal of attention. It has also attracted a great number of passengers. For the ship is superbly well-equipped for events of all kinds: for culinary trips as well as for seminars, conferences, prize-giving ceremonies, corporate excursions, exhibitions or wine tasting. It offers a stylish setting for weddings, birthday parties, gala dinners or drinks. Basel Personenschifffahrt will help with the professional planning and implementation of every event and will provide one with expert advice with respect to all associated issues.

Address/contact
Basler Personenschifffahrt
Head offices and sales
Hochbergerstrasse 160, Postfach, 4019 Basel
Phone +41 (0)61 639 9500; Fax +41 (0)61 639 9506

Website Basler Personenschifffahrt

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Musical Theater

The Musical Theater Basel is one of the most modern buildings of its kind in Europe. The theatre has approx. 1550 seats as well as a spacious foyer and gallery in the entrance area. The central city location, only a short distance from the Messe Basel exhibition halls, means the theatre has excellent transport links, while at the same time offering all the attractions of its established urban setting.

Photo: Musical Theater Basel

The Musical Theater Messe Basel is part of Switzerland's largest exhibition and congress company. Its 900 m2 auditorium has 1557 seats (1102 in the stalls and 455 on the balcony) with an unimpeded view of the impressive stage. The stalls also have special areas for those with physical impediments. The spacious foyer extends over an area of 1400 m2 on two levels. In addition to its five bars, the box office and the cloakrooms, ample space is also provided for sponsorship presentations and merchandising sales. With an area of 270 m2 and over 50 stage lifts, the stage meets all the technical requirements of major international productions. Furthermore, the backstage area is very generously dimensioned.

Following the departure of the long-term guest musical «Phantom of the Opera», the Musical Theater has reinforced its reputation as one of the most attractive venues in Switzerland with major international guest productions such as «Grease», «Chicago» and «Fosse», as well as local highlights such as «Basel tanzt». The Musical Theater Basel can be hired by professional promoters for musical, dance or opera productions. However, the theatre is also available to companies and organisers as a special setting for unconventional events such as product presentations, conferences or general meetings. The foyer can be hired either separately or together with the auditorium and stage. With its central city location, only a short distance removed from the Messe Basel exhibition halls, the Musical Theater Basel has an excellent and broad transport infrastructure, while at the same time offering all the attractions of its established urban setting. Parking spaces for some 2,500 vehicles are available throughout the exhibition sites, or within walking distance of these.

Address
Musical Theater Basel
Erlenstrasse 1, 4057 Basel

Contact
Freddy Burger Management Group
Carmenstrasse 12, CH-8030 Zürich
Phone +41 (0)1 265 56 01; Fax +41 (0)1 265 56 10

Website Musical Theater Basel

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Rhypark

The unique charm of  Rhypark gives every event a special touch. Situated directly on the Rhine, Rhypark is in a position to meet the highest expectations as an event location, whether for corporate events, seminars, workshops, or weddings. The diverse infrastructure, comprised of the RhySaal hall, the bar area and garden, a restaurant with a spacious terrace and the RhyBlick meeting room, offers different options  With in-house catering Rhypark is  also able to pamper guests with culinary specialties in other locations.

Photo: Rhypark

The RhySaal is the biggest event room in the Rhypark complex. The room has two possible looks. On the one hand an industrial urban look in black and on the other hand, a festive look with white curtains. The ceiling-height windows facing the Rhine give a view over the sea of light on the other side of the river and significantly contribute to the special atmosphere of the RhySaal. Because of its large stage and professional technical lighting and sound equipment the hall is suitable for various events and is mainly booked for concerts, all types of business events and weddings.

The interior of the restaurant stands out with its inviting industrial vintage look and provides a pleasant and romantic vibe with its warm lighting. Round window fronts offer every guest a magical view of Basel and the integrated lounge area invites one to linger in comfort 

The r-garden complements Rhypark with an innovative outdoor area during the summer months. The spacious lounge invites friends of urban gardening to spend mild summer nights with a refreshing cocktail, small snacks and music. The garden at the foot of the Rhine is suitable for impressive wedding receptions with its cosy atmosphere or to round off a working day with friends over an after-work drink.
 

Address/contact
EventArena GmbH
c/o Rhypark
Mülhauserstrasse 17
4056 Basel
Tel. +41 61 322 10 40
info@rhypark.com
 
Website Rhypark

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Saffron Guild Hall

The Saffron Guild Hall is the place where the classic Balois' qualities of maximum flexibility, modern technology, and superb food combine to make it the ideal place for every type of event.

Photo: Safran Zunft

The first historical mention of the Saffron Guild, one of the four Honourable Companies of Basels total of twenty guilds, dates back to 1345. At that time, the place where Basels spice merchants met for a drink was on the Andreasplatz (St Andrews Square). Nearly a hundred years later, in 1423, the Honorable Company of the Saffron Guild bought the present site on Gerbergasse and built its guild hall there. In 1899, this had to give way to a new building, which was always intended to give a new, powerful expression to the historical character of an old guild hall. Only three years later, in 1902, the newly built guild hall was completed and officially dedicated. This building, with its rich tradition, still stands at the heart of Basel and possesses, as befits a Basel guild, a range of historical guild chambers.

The guild room itself, with two great murals that show scenes from the Saffron War fought in 1374, occupies the second floor. Its windows bear the arms of Basel's guilds and Honourable Companies. This grand room maintains Balois tradition. It can seat about 300 and, with every imaginable variation of seating layout, is available throughout the year for all kinds of banquets and other special events. Technical aids are readily available for hire. On the first floor is the so-called Vorgesetztenstube (Masters' Chamber), with oak panelling that came from the old 1750 guild hall. And when an oak-panelled partition is folded back, this venerable chamber, with room for about twenty seats, can be opened to the adjacent Andreas-Ryff-Stube, with space for a further forty seats or so.

The so-called Gilgenstube (Lily Chamber) is named for the guilds ancient heraldic symbol. This light, airy room comfortably holds sixty people at round tables. But this guild hall not only houses rooms that are typical of Basel, there is also its gastronomy which offers a wide choice of food, typical Swiss dishes, and a large number of traditional Balois specialties.

Address/contact
Restaurant Safran-Zunft
Gerbergasse 11, CH-4001 Basel
Phone +41 (0)61 269 94 94; Fax +41 (0)61 269 94 99

Website Restaurant Safran Zunft

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Scala Basel

The SCALA BASEL lies in the very center of Basel, in the Freie Strasse between the Bankenplatz, Marktplatz and Barfüsserplatz, in the middle of the attractive Basel pedestrian zone, easy and convenient to reach. With a stage measuring 126 square meters, an auditorium with 384 seats, an attractive foyer, three conference rooms with a view over the roofs of the Old Town, the SCALA BASEL is a multifunctional culture center and site for public functions.
As a suitable locale for functions of almost every kind, we offer a modern stage infrastructure and variable space utilization concepts - from the entire package consisting of the auditorium, foyer and conference rooms to the use of the foyer or individual conference rooms alone: there is space for events, seminars, product presentations, conferences and training sessions or workshops.

Photo: Scala Basel

Stage and Auditorium

The now-available modern infrastructure offers numerous possibilities for your events. The locale is suited not only for cultural functions and performances but also conferences and meetings. The SCALA BASEL auditorium comfortably seats 384 persons facing a stage 14 meters wide and 9 meters deep, with professional stage equipment.

The ascending rows of seats are permanently installed. The technical stage equipment comprises 12 hoists, stage lighting and lighting control system, audio equipment and leg (side) curtains. The stage and hall include artists' dressing rooms and refreshment facilities.

Foyer

The generous space offered by the foyer is an ideal place for relaxing and conversing before and after functions held in the SCALA BASEL. It is also suitable for exhibitions, product presentations or theatre and musical events on a smaller scale. The platform leading to the stairs into the auditorium on both sides can itself be used as a stage. With movable seating arrangements accommodating about 150 persons, the foyer is multifunctional. We shall also be happy to arrange for refreshments during breaks or for catering your receptions.

Seminar and Conference Rooms

On the 4th floor there are three bright, attractive conference rooms with views over the rooftops of the inner city. The seating in these rooms can be arranged according to your wishes, and can be used for conferences, seminars and courses.

The SCALA BASEL stands for a professional infrastructure, a pleasant atmosphere and an experienced staff that will be happy to take care of your needs.

You will find detailed information on the available infrastructure of the SCALA BASEL in the downloadable data at our website www.scalabasel.ch

For all further questions you can reach us by phone or e-mail.

Address/contact
SCALA BASEL
Freie Strasse 89, 4051 Basel
Tel +41 (0)61 270 90 50
Fax +41 (0)61 270 90 59

Website SCALA BASEL

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Stadtcasino (currently under construction)

The Stadtcasino stands on the Barfüsserplatz, at the very heart of Basel. Under one roof it combines several music and concert halls, and banqueting rooms, all with the most up-to-date equipment; various bars; and a choice of restaurants. Its versatility has made it Basel's favourite meeting place.

Photo: Stadtcasino © Herzog & de Meuron

Right in the centre of Basel, convenient and easy to reach on foot or by tram (streetcar), the Stadtcasino (City Casino) stands on the Barfüsserplatz, next to the Barfüsserkirche (Church of the Discalced Friars) that houses the History Museum. Founded in 1824 by the Casino-Gesellschaft (Casino Association), it has three halls of various sizes, all with the latest acoustic equipment. The main concert hall can accommodate well over 1500 people. Its superb acoustics have made this impressive hall one of the foremost in the world, and many famous soloists and orchestras have performed in it. With an interior that looks back to the eighteenth century for inspiration, the magnificent organ, and a unique atmosphere, it makes every event held there a memorable experience. The somewhat smaller Hans Huber hall, with room for up to 540 and flexible seating, offers not only a perfect setting for chamber music and soloist recitals, it is also an ideal place for conferences, congresses, exhibitions, and illustrated lectures. For events such as cocktails, receptions, banquets, fashion shows, and other social events, the main auditorium can hold up to about 700 people. The casinos intelligent design provides not only superb rooms for a wide range of special occasions, its technical equipment is also of the highest order. Besides its standard equipment it also offers the most up-to-date aids and support. A variety of restaurants, all under one roof, are not only easy to reach from the auditoria and meeting rooms, they also provide the perfect setting for a wide choice of culinary pleasures.

Address/contact
Casino-Gesellschaft
Steinenberg 14, 4001 Basel
Phone +41 (0)61 226 36 00; Fax +41 (0)61 226 36 01

Website Stadtcasino

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St Chrischona

Because of its geographical position and conference halls, seminar rooms, and smaller public rooms for meetings and groups, all with state-of-art conference and seminar equipment, and simple but comfortably furnished bedrooms, St Chrischona is a place where, remote from a hectic life and stress, body and soul can regain tranquillity.

Photo: St. Chrischona

In 1840, Christian Friedrich Spittler established the St Chrischona Pilgrims Mission in the former pilgrims church of St Chrischona. Just 28 years later, the pilgrims mission acquired its true character when it was revamped into the first school for evangelists of the entire German-speaking region. Then, at the beginning of the 20th century, it became the headquarters of the Deaconesses, a Protestant sisterhood, and Chrischona Communities began to arise all over Europe. St Chrischona is an idyllic spot, 522 metres above sea level and above the municipality of Bettingen near Basel; it is also known as Basel's Alp.

Although the St Chrischona Centre is not immediately next to the city, it is well served by the city's public transport system, the most comfortable way of getting there quickly. The centre, opened in 1992, has three conference rooms, with a capacity of 120 when equipped with conference seating, and 114 with seminar seating. In addition, there are two auditoria, each for 90 people, and three large halls, the smallest of which can accommodate 500 people and the biggest 2000.

The centre's infrastructure is impressively state-of-art. The standard equipment in all the public rooms includes a flipchart, overhead projector, screen, whiteboard, and pin-wall, suitable for presentations and intensive group work. There is also a multifunctional demonstration room with a wide screen and seating for 120. Nor has competent catering been forgotten: everything can be provided, from an informal aperitif and snack to a first-class dinner. Organizers can depend on the excellent in-house gastronomic service with the motto that nothing is impossible.

Address/contact
St. Chrischona
Chrischonarain 200, CH-4126 Bettingen
Phone +41 (0)61 646 42 70; Fax +41 (0)61 646 42 77

Website St. Chrischona

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Eishalle St. Jakob-Arena

Located on the south-eastern perimeter of the city, the St. Jakob Arena Ice Stadium, which was completed in 2002, is part of a high-quality venue for sports and leisure events (the third-largest overall complex in Europe). Its state-of-the-art infrastructure and excellent transport links make the multifunctional Arena a superb venue for major events with well over 6,000 spectators.

Photo: St. Jakob-Arena

Following the completion of the new St. Jakob Arena and the multifunctional stadium St. Jakob-Park, Basel's St. Jakob quarter now boasts one of the most important sport and leisure complexes in Europe: St. Jakobshalle, the light athletics stadium, sport grounds, open air swimming pool and equestrian facilities. The St. Jakob Arena Ice Stadium is an integral part of this sports complex. Excellent public transport links are provided by tram and bus services, as well as a (temporary) railway station. The available parking spaces mean that private road users are also effectively integrated into the transport infrastructure.

The impressive concentration of high-standard sporting, leisure and event facilities is unique both nationally as well as internationally. The excellent geographic location and transport links give the site clear advantages over alternative sporting complexes in Switzerland and abroad.

With the St. Jakob Arena, the Basel region has a multifunctional ice arena that can be used throughout the year, capable of accommodating well over 6'000 spectators, and which makes it possible to host regional, national and international events. The Arena is designed primarily to be used for ice sport purposes. This includes ice hockey, figure skating, ice dancing, synchronised skating, short track as well as free skating. The artificial ice in the Ice Arena is also available for public ice skating, for training and for leisure sport activities.

The surface of the ice can also be covered over, enabling the new Arena to host other sports disciplines; for example for major national or international events and/or in conjunction with the St. Jakobshalle. In addition, the new Ice Arena is also suitable for non-sporting events, such as concerts, ice revues, ice discos, shareholder's meetings or cultural events.

The Ice Arena itself is located on the ground floor of the building, together with a restaurant, the service and public areas. The cloakrooms and infrastructure rooms are located in the basement, together with all the areas available for letting to third parties. The mezzanine level of the state-of-the-art complex holds the spectator banks, the VIP lounge, the technical equipment and the Arena supervisors.

Address / contact
Eishalle St. Jakob-Arena
Mittlere Allee 18
4052 Basel

Reservations
Erziehungsdepartement des Kantons Basel-Stadt
Jugend, Familie und Sport
Rolf Moser
Leiter Bäder und Kunsteisbahnen

+41 61 267 56 86
rolf.moser@bs.ch

www.jfs.bs.ch

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Union Basel

In the centre of the lower Kleinbasel one can find the cultural meeting centre «Union». The former church community house St. Matthäus, which has been renovated by the Christoph Merian Foundation, houses various organisations and a restaurant. The Union rents out function rooms for events of all sorts.

Photo: foto-werk gmbh, Michael Fritschi

The Union run by the "Verein Union Begegnungszentrum Kleinbasel". As one of Basel's 15 neighbourhood meeting points, the Union offers various open meeting points, courses and events for residents of the neighbourhood, including all age groups, countries of origin and social classes. The Union also rents out premises for private and public events.

The red hall, which has a size of 400 m2 and a festive atmosphere, offers the right setting for banquets, productions and private birthday parties for approx. 300 persons. The hall is equipped with a stage, which can be used - separated by a folding panel - as an enclosed conference room or classroom for about 25 persons. A screen, a lectern, integrated loudspeakers, a flipchart as well as an overhead projector are at disposal. For a professional theatre or concert evening the necessary infrastructure would have to be rented additionally. The guests can be catered to by the Restaurant Union upon request. The upper hall has a size of 140 m2 and is more suitable for smaller events such as readings, discussions or club and association assemblies as well as smaller birthday parties. The hall offers room for about 80 to 120 persons.

Address/contact
Union Basel
Klybeckstrasse 95, CH 4057 Basel
Telefon: +41 (0)61 683 23 43, Fax.: +41 (0)61 683 23 44

Website Union Basel

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unternehmen mitte

Between Marktplatz and Barfüsserplatz, opposite the main post office in the best spot for pedestrian traffic, the old property is today home to «unternehmen mitte».
The former bank building was rebuilt, occupied and partially sublet by a group of entrepreneurial people. The entire building has become a popular gastronomic and cultural centre.

Photo: unternehmen mitte

The two bars «fumare non fumare», which elegantly resolve the problem of smoking in public places, adjoin the main entrance which leads to the spacious coffee hall.

The counters of what used to be Schweizerische Volksbank have disappeared. Today, top quality Italian coffee products and other specialities are served here.

During the day, the large, pillared hall is a modern coffee house. A chill-out zone and working area with wireless LAN, an elegant lounge and a popular meeting point for public events. On some evenings, the hall becomes a music and dance venue, a place for public debates or a stage without a curtain.

In addition to the coffee house, the «Cantina Primo Piano» on the 1st floor welcomes guests to dine at lunchtimes.

A theatre has been established in the former strong-rooms. In the «Kuratorium», an 80 m2 room on one floor with large window frontage opening onto Rümelinsplatz, exhibitions are held as well as dance, theatre and performance projects that generate a good deal of publicity.

The Langer Saal on the 4th floor offers space for a variety of contemplative work. And on the 1st and 3rd floors, individual work stations are being rented out in two large office lab zones. Those working there come from the fields of IT, architecture, the media, advertising/PR, journalism, travel and cultural management.

The former bank building with its diverse premises also offers space for private individuals and companies in which to hold events and activities.

Address/contact
unternehmen mitte
Gerbergasse 30
4001 Base
T +41 (0)61 262 21 05
F +41 (0)61 263 36 64

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Der Wenkenhof

The elegant mansion in the idyllic Wenkenpark and its landscaped gardens is an ideal setting for any kind of event and occasion. Easy and convenient to reach by public transport, its beautiful setting and superb catering service turn every event into a special occasion.

Photo: Reithalle Wenkenhof

The elegant buildings in the old Wenkenhofpark in Riehen are the Wenkenhof and its Reithalle (indoor riding arena). Though this facility was laid out centuries ago, great care has always been taken to ensure that it would not fall behind progress or the technology of the time. This has created a foundation, carefully maintained, in an idyllic setting, that lends itself perfectly to any type of event.

Although this green-belt area is in the municipality of Riehen and still belongs to the half-canton of Basel-Stadt, it is a short distance from the city itself, but easy to reach by frequent public transport. In fact, a bus line stops directly at the parks gates.

In the beautiful park and its landscaped gardens stands the Reithalle, an indoor riding arena built by Alexander Clavel in 1925. This was transformed a few years ago into a stately auditorium whose comfortable furniture and furnishings, unique atmosphere, and flexible seating can accommodate from 350 to 400 people, depending on seating layout. The Reithalle is particularly suitable for banquets, concerts, congresses, seminars, meetings of all kinds, and every conceivable kind of exhibition, bazaar, festive occasion, and cultural event. Its unique location, the stylish ambience, and the personal service offer ideal conditions.

Address/contact
Reithalle Wenkenhof
Albrecht Catering
Hellring 41
4125 Riehen
Tel.: + 41 (0) 61 601 50 00
E-Mail: reithalle@catering-basel.ch

Website Wenkenhof

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