Why Basel is the ideal event location

Basel is a city rich in tradition and a top international destination for culture, exhibitions, markets and events. Congresses on a wide array of topics in the areas of business, politics and life sciences are held in Basel each year. The Ministers’ Council Conference in December 2014 was one of the successful congresses with an international reach held at the Congress Center Basel in conjunction with Switzerland’s chairmanship of the OSCE. Thanks to Art Basel, the world’s leading art exhibition, Basel is also an internationally renowned exhibition destination. In addition to its central location, this city on the Rhine offers ideal transportation connections and outstanding infrastructure as well as numerous possibilities for staging large-scale international events.

As a host of international sporting events, the city of Basel stands out thanks to its vast experience in realising large international events and the smooth communication among its well-coordinated state agencies. With thousands of fans cheering them on, the elite of the sporting world go head to head in this city on the Rhine, whether on ice at the Men’s Curling World Championships in 2012 and 2016, on the grass at the UEFA Euro 2008 and the 2016 EuroLeague Final, or in the stadium at the 2013 Indoor Cycling World Championships or at the 2019 Badminton World Championships and at the 2019 Para-Badminton World Championships.

The Basel music scene also has something to offer for everyone. The internationally renowned Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Chamber Orchestra and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis at the Musik-Akademie Basel/FHNW have founded Basel's reputation as a stronghold of classical music with more than 1’000 concerts. Jazz, rock and pop lovers will find the right concert at various venues. For example at Messe Basel, where one can experience great artists live in an elegant atmosphere during the Baloise Session in autumn. In the summer, the Basel Tattoo brings the best and most spectacular military music and show formations from all over the world to Basel, and jazz lovers get their money's worth at the Basel Jazz Festival, the "Em Bebbi sy Jazz" festival and the "Summerblues". The largest theatre in Switzerland that features opera, ballet and drama, the multi-award-winning Theater Basel, thrilles with all three genres.

Services & Contacts

The Canton of Basel-Stadt provides professional support for the organisers of large events.


The infrastructure of the Basel venue meets the highest international standards.

Event database

The event database of the Canton of Basel-Stadt is a useful information tool for major event organisers.

Event agencies

The range of designated event agencies makes Basel the ideal venue for major events.