The symposium will be held at the Centro Stefano Franscini (CSF), the international
center for seminars of the Technical University (ETH) Zürich and the Canton
Ticino. The center is located on Monte Verità above Ascona in the Italian
speaking south of Switzerland (Canton Ticino). The address is: Seminar Center, Monte
Verità, CH-6612 Ascona.
(local MAP; click to open this and other thumb-nail pictures)
The center lies amidst woods with a beautiful panorama of the mountains (the Alps) and the lake (Lago Maggiore). Ascona is a famous small village on the lake within a short distance from the town of Locarno. The railway station of Locarno is approx. 3 km from Ascona and the symposium venue. The closest airport is Lugano (see below).
The conference hotel on Monte Verità has 43 rooms (17 single and 25 double). Further information on the history of the buildings, on the accommodations available there, and travel information is given on the homepage of the Centro Stefano Franscini.
MAP of Europe MAP of Switzerland
The most convenient international airport is Zürich in Switzerland
- You may use a direct flight to the small airport Lugano (see SWISS),
then take a train to Locarno (Lugano-Locarno: 1 hour ).
- If you arrive at Zürich airport, either use a connecting flight to Lugano or use the good Swiss railway system (Zürich Airport - Locarno: 3 hours).
Zurich Airport Homepage
Train time table
via the Gotthard tunnel: A trip on the international
railway connection through the Gotthard is a nice way to enter the canton Ticino.
Modern express trains travel hourly to Bellinzona with connection to Locarno.
via the Simplon line: The Centovalli train takes you from Domodossola directly to Locarno (very romantic scenery).
Train time table / SBB Zugfahrplan
Travelers from North and East (via Gotthard)
Travelers from West (via Domodossola)
Travelers from South
from the north take the A2 Autobahn Basel-Luzern/Zürich through the Gotthard tunnel (no fee, but frequent traffic jams), or the Gotthard pass; from the east, travel via San Bernardino (tunnel or pass) or Lukmanierpass; from the west, take the road over Nufenenpass or Centovalli valley. Northbound travel from Italy (Milan/Como) on the A2 is straightforward (Ascona is on the southern slope of the Alps).
The office of the Conference Center on Monte Verità ( Phone: +41-(0)91-785 40 55; Fax: +41-(0)91-785 40 50; Centro Stefano Franscini) can organize your room reservations either at the Conference Center or in a hotel in the vicinity.
Ascona/Locarno has more than 80 hotels. You may therefore also consult the homepage of the region's bureau of tourism to find appropriate lodging, in an apartment or a hotel. Further links are Ascona tourism or Ascona hotels.
All categories from one-star to five-stars hotels are available.
Youth hostel Locarno
Per person and night in a dormitory, incl. breakfast:
approx. 33.- Swiss francs
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An interactive Swiss map along with touristic information is found here: Lonely planet.
Take a livecam look at Ascona at this moment! ...or closeby Locarno.
This site gives you a view through several
Swiss live cameras right at this moment
(active camera closest to Ascona is at Melide/Lugano, Canton Ticino). You may also try this address.
You can look for hotels in the region of Locarno / Ascona using Lonely Planet - Destination Switzerland
Touristic information of the region of Lago Maggiore.
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