Baden lies just 15 minutes from Zurich Main Train Station and 40 minutes from Zurich’s international airport. The city has been a popular place to meet and enjoy the soothing thermal waters since Roman times. The first international peace congress on Swiss soil was held in Baden in 1714. The fact that world-famous companies, such as ABB, Ansaldo, Axpo, and General Electric, are domiciled or based in Baden also speaks for the high quality of the location and the good connections with the public transportation network. To this day, the city is a popular convention location. And from fall 2021, Fortyseven, the thermal wellness spa designed by Mario Botta, will provide even more opportunity to relax and chill out after a busy meeting.
Diverse Venues Steeped in History
Baden is home to venues for every taste and event size, from the magnificent company founder’s villa to the modern industrial hall.
From 1920, electric transformers were built in the historical halls of the Trafo Baden. Nowadays, the multi-faceted rooms offer space for events with up to 2,500 persons. Among the highlights is the permanently installed 45 sq. m LED wall and the accompanying sound system. The high resolution means that presentations are easy to read even in daylight. Situated directly adjacent to the convention center, the Trafo Hotel offers further seminar rooms and modern guest rooms for visitors who wish to stay the night.
Event organizers will find a completely different ambiance at the Villa Boveri. The atmosphere in the former residence of the ABB company founder, with its heritage-protected park, is absolutely unique.
Directly next to the historical Kurpark of the city of Baden is the Swiss-Belhotel Du Parc. Numerous seminar rooms, hotel rooms, and two terraces provide a wide range of possibilities for business and private events.
Located in the Kurpark is the Grand Casino Baden. Various experience packages, comprising aperitif, dinner, and gaming fun in both the Casino and the in-house Club Joy, promise an entertaining and glamorous evening.
Fascinating Journeys Through Time
Spanischbrödli – a sweet pastry filled with a mix of roasted, crushed hazelnuts and carrots – are an absolute Baden classic. They are and were so popular that even the first Swiss railroad line was named after them in the local vernacular. The original train no longer runs between Zurich and Baden, but a replica of the “Spanischbrödlibahn” is available for round trips through Baden.
Visitors can also go on a journey through time and discover the Baden of yesteryear on foot. Knowledgeable tour guides take guests back to the Middle Ages, among other things, to the time when Baden’s tradition as a convention location was established.
The city guided tour, “From Aquae Helveticae to Botta”, offers fascinating insights into the history of the spa resort of Baden, covering the period from the Romans to the present day. Of course, a sip of thermal water is not to be missed.
Those who are more interested in the city’s industrial history should be sure to go on the “Baden Turbo” guided tour. Find out how Baden developed into a world-famous industrial city and what the premises of modern-day event venues were used for in the past.