XXVI EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry

 Basel, Switzerland    August 29-September 2, 2021


Basel | Pocket-size metropolis

Where cosmopolitan hustle and bustle blend with relaxed conviviality and urban style meets tradition: discover the Basel way of life.


Basel can look back on more than 2,000 years of history. A history that is still very much present today – surviving as it does in all the nooks and crannies of the city and forming an exciting contrast to the modern face of Basel. The heart of the city beats in Basel’s well-preserved, romantic Old Town: its narrow streets and hidden squares with more than 180 fountains are just as charming as its many centuries-old buildings and eye-catching sights, such as City Hall or Basel Cathedral.

Leisure time & Excursions

Basel is lucky to have nice neighbours - not only because of the feeling of affinity that crosses international borders, but also because of the beautiful countryside and delicious culinary culture surrounding the city. But you do not have to leave Basel to discover exciting excursion destinations.

The views from the summits of the Jura, the Black Forest or the Vosges are just a taste of the treasures this region has to offer. You will see even more if you take a short trip into the countryside and enjoy the varied and picturesque regions along the way. The neighbouring cantons of Basel Land and Solothurn, plus Alsace and the Black Forest all form a gigantic recreational area with boundless opportunities for spending your free time. But there’s no need to travel far: Basel itself has plenty of green space and a variety of offers for spending a few free hours.

Things to do in Basel

Find our top highlights here at a glance: Art and culture wherever you look, excursions and activities for the whole family, and world-class events such as Art Basel, Swiss Indoors or Baloise Session. Experience and enjoy Basel – the city of culture on the Rhine.

Visit the tourism website of Basel at www.basel.com

Activities in Basel

Art & Culture

Basel is generally known as the culture capital of Switzerland. And not without reason: art can be seen wherever you go, whether strolling through the beautiful Old Town or when visiting one of the almost 40 museums.

With their themed collections, the museums have something for every taste and many have reputations that stretch far beyond the Swiss border. On top of that, there are countless galleries scattered throughout the city. And that's not all: the many top-class events that take place here throughout the year strengthen Basel’s reputation as a cultural hotspot. The city also has a lively theatre and music scene.

More details : https://www.basel.com/en/art

Basel Rhine Swimming

The Rhine is a living artery, a place of relaxation, an inspiration for the people, life and architecture of the city. The people of Basel like to come here in summer. Sun worshippers, walkers, students and business people love to recharge their batteries on its banks.

In addition, many inhabitants of the city share the same strange passion: swimming in the Rhine. Anyone who joins the bathers knows why the Mediterranean suddenly seems so close

More details : https://www.basel.com/en/rhine-swimming


Together with the Mittlere Brücke, the Basler Münster (Cathedral) is probably the most famous landmark in Basel. With its red sandstone walls, colourful roof tiles and twin towers, no other building adorns the cityscape of Basel like the Cathedral.

Visit the former episcopal church, built between the years 1019 and 1500 in the Romantic and Gothic styles. The crypt, the chancel, the tomb of Erasmus of Rotterdam, the Gallus gate and the two cloisters are witness to a fascinating tale of construction over a period of several centuries. The piazza in which the Cathedral stands is today a popular meeting place and is often used for concerts and events. The Pfalz - the terrace offering wonderful views over the Rhine - is one of the most popular viewpoints in the city.

More details : https://www.basel.com/en/Media/Attractions/Sightseeing/Basler-Muenster



Your personal guest card will be handed to you when you check in. The attractive features of the BaselCard include free use of public transport, free surfing on the guest WiFi plus a 50% discount on admission to Basel’s museumsBasel ZooTheater Basel and much more.

So what are you waiting for? Discover Switzerland's capital of culture. With its multicultural diversity and passion for life, this bastion of art and architecture is sure to captivate you. The BaselCard will turn your trip into an unforgettable experience.

BaselCard Störer Visual EN

Free benefits of the BaselCard

  • Use of public transport
  • WiFi at 26 hotspots

A one-time 50% discount on

  • admission to museums (incl. special exhibitions)
  • entry to Basel Zoo
  • admission to Theater Basel (only applies to tickets purchased at the box office)
  • a 2-hour tour on the sightseeing bus
  • a walking tour of the old town
  • scheduled trips on cruises offered by Basler Personenschifffahrt
  • Guest Bike Basel for just CHF 20 a day

New for guests staying overnight. Discover Basel by e-bike. With your personal BaselCard you can rent one for just CHF 20 a day. Visit Rent a Bike at the main train station (Bahnhof SBB) and off you go.


Welcome to Basel! To make your stay as pleasant as possible, the city of Basel has a special “upgrade” for you: Every hotel guest in Basel receives this card when checking in. You can use it to travel free of charge on public transport, to access the free guest WiFi and to benefit from attractive cultural and leisure activities. We wish you an unforgettable stay in Switzerland’s cultural capital.

Attractions with the BaselCard

Use the BaselCard to take advantage of many offers from our partners.


This traditional tour offers visitors and locals alike a close-up view of Basel. We will guide you through narrow alleyways and secluded squares, past impressive buildings and lively and vivid cityscapes, experiencing what has shaped the city and given it its unique character.

BaselCityTour - The sightseeing bus in Basel

Embark on a different type of voyage of discovery: Several times a day, Panoramabus tours each day offer you the opportunity to discover the most beautiful places and to board or leave the bus where you wish.

Guest Wifi Basel



Basel offers guests staying overnight the possibility of surfing free of charge in the city’s own WiFi network. The «Guest WiFi Basel» is available at various locations close to major sights and squares in the city. Information about accessing the free WiFi is provided at the booked accommodation.

Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel


The city of Basel and the surrounding area has an excellent public transport network that is known for its punctuality, short waiting times and modern vehicles.