The conference takes place on the Monte Verità, at the conference centre "Stefano Franscini" which belongs to the ETH. The Monte Verità is next to Ascona, which is next to Locarno, which is in the Ticino, the Italian speaking part of Switzerland.
It has quite a history and is a very beautiful place. Like all beautiful things, it is difficult to get close to it. Here's how.
1. get to Locarno
- check out the Swiss railways website
- the nearest airport is Malpensa
There is a conference shuttle service (8 places) on arrival day, Sunday 20th of August, every 40 minutes during 4 hours (= 6 journeys). If you want to use this option, make your booking early.
Otherwise, you can take a taxi, though that's probably expensive.
2. get to Ascona
take a bus from Locarno
- the time tables are also on the Swiss railways website
- the bus number 1 runs every 15 minutes, from in front of the station (gate A) (the timetable is here)
- get out at Ascona Centro
3. get to Mount Truth
There is one public transport option from Ascona, bus number 5, also called "Buxi". It leaves Ascona centro / "Autosilo" at 16.00 and at 18.00 (timetable is here).
From Ascona, it's an easy, though uphill walk. One itinerary is illustrated by these beautiful pictures. Probably there's a shorter one as well.