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Conference Venue – Novartis Campus Basel

The SWISS HERNIA DAYS will take place at the Novartis Campus Building by Frank Gehry, an easily accessible downtown location situated directly alongside the river Rhein next to the Dreirosenbrücke. The historic Old Town, the shopping areas and the many museums and parks can be reached comfortably by foot or by public transport.

Novartis By Frank Gehry
Fabrikstrasse 15
4056 Basel, Schweiz

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All official prices are indicated in Swiss Francs (CHF) which is the official currency in Switzerland. All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.


The conference organiser cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss or damage to property belonging to conference participants, either during or as a result of the conference. Please check the validity of your own insurance.


The congress languages are English and German, however, all presentations will be held in English.
The official language of Basel is Swiss-German. French and English are widely spoken.

Mobility Ticket

Each guest staying in a hotel in Basel, receives a Mobility Ticket upon check-in. This allows free use of the public transportation system in the city of Basel and its environs (zones 10, 11, 13 and 15, incl. the way to and from the Airport). The ticket is valid for max. 30 days. 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!


Basel offers a wide range of international restaurants as well as typical Swiss cuisine, such as Roesti, Fondue and Raclette.


Shops in Basel are usually open Monday through Friday from 09:00 – 18:30, Saturday from 09:00 – 17:00. Several larger department stores are open until 20:00.


Service is almost always included in hotel and restaurant bills. A further tip of a few coins is appropriate
(Restaurants 5 – 10%).

Transport in Basel

Getting to Novartis Campus

By Car

From Mondays to Fridays, registered business visitors of the Novartis Campus Basel may use the visitor parking space until 7:00pm. When attending an evening event at the Novartis Pavillon or when visiting the Basso restaurant (Elsaesserrheinweg 101), guests can use the visitor parking space after 7:00pm.

From Switzerland: Take motorway A2 (direction Basel). Exit at Basel Nord/Kleinhünigen/St. Johann/Mulhouse/France, enter the tunnel and follow the signs to Basel St. Johann/Novartis Campus.

From Germany: Take motorway A5/E35 (direction Basel). After customs take the exit to Basel-Nord/Kleinhünigen/St. Johann/Mulhouse/France, enter the tunnel and follow the signs to Basel St. Johann/ Novartis Campus.

From France: Take motorway A35/E60 (direction Basel). After customs St. Louis take the first exit and turn left, and follow sign direction St. Johann. At the end of the street turn right into Schlachthofstrasse and follow signs to St. Johann/Novartis Campus. After 700 m turn right into Elsässerstrasse and follow to Voltaplatz, then turn left into Voltastrasse. After approx. 200 m turn left into Fabrikstrasse/Novartis Campus.


By Bike

There are multiple covered bicycle parking stations around the campus, which campus tenants and visitors are welcome to use.

By public transport

From EuroAirport Basel (15 min transport)
Take the Airport Express Bus PTT 50 to Kannenfeldplatz. Change to Tram 1 (direction Dreirosenbrücke) to the Novartis Campus stop. The campus entrance is across the street.

From Basel Bahnhof SBB (15 min transport)
Take Tram 1 (direction Dreirosenbrücke, platform D) in front of the main station to the Novartis Campus stop. The campus entrance is across the street. Alternatively, take Tram 11 (direction St. Louis, platform H) to Voltaplatz.

From Basel Badischer Bahnhof SBB (10 min travel time)
Take either Tram 6 (direction Allschwil) or Tram 2 (direction Binningen) to the Messeplatz stop. Change to Tram 14* (direction Dreirosenbrücke) to the Novartis Campus stop. The campus entrance is across the street. Alternatively, Tram 21 operates directly via Messe to the Novartis Campus stop during morning and evening rush hours.


Visa Requirements

In case you need an invitation letter for visa purposes, please contact the Congress Secretariat ( We strongly advise to contact the Congress Secretariat as early as possible.
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