Baden is a small city with a population of about 20'000. It is located in the Canton (State) of Aargau in the northern part of Switzerland. Having a rich history of over 2'000 years; Baden has become a prominent cultural and business centre and an important tourist destination.
Baden is only a 15 minutes train ride away from Zurich, the largest city in the Switzerland. Moreover, the hourly direct train connection to Zurich Airport (25 minutes ride) has proven to be very convenient for students to reach BIBS.
Baden is the German word for "baths". The city is rich in springs of thermal water with minerals of highly therapeutic properties. The Romans have established the first baths about 2'000 years ago. Remnants of these can still be seen today. In the 19th and 20th centuries the baths of Baden were attracting visitors from all over Europe. Nowadays there are major projects in progress to modernise and enlarge these baths.
The natural beauty of Baden and its surrounding areas is attributed to a large extent to the abundance of water that characterises the Canton of Aargau. Through the middle of the city runs the river Limmat which commences about 20 km upstream at the outfall of Lake Zurich.
Important employers in Baden are the electrical engineering companies ABB and Alstom, which are both doing business all over the world. In this respect Baden attracts many foreign business people, giving city a truly international image and making it open and hospitable to other cultures.
Baden serves an agglomeration of numerous surrounding small towns and villages. In this respect the city draws about 100'000 visitors that come for shopping, services and leisure. People in Switzerland call Baden "the lively city". In addition to an excellent infrastructure of public transport, hotels and restaurants, Baden has a very rich offer of cultural and historical sights, entertainment and sport activities.