Association of swiss Science olympiads
Swiss Biology Olympiad
University of Bern

General Travel Information

The IBO 2013 will be held in Bern, the Federal City of Switzerland.

All sorts of useful and general travel information from climate conditions to currency or customs entry regulations can be found on the corresponding sites of the Swiss Tourism website.

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The Swiss climate is generally temperate, but can vary greatly, from glacial conditions on mountaintops to the often pleasant, nearly Mediterranean climate at Switzerland's southern tip.

In Bern, July is statistically the warmest and sunniest month of the year, with an average daily high temperature of 23.5°C (74.5°F). Summers generally tend to be warm and humid at times with periodic rainfall. Everything is possible, so be prepared for days of continuous rain at temperatures not exceeding 15°C (60°F), for days of constant sunshine at temperatures of up to 35°C (95°F) or, most likely, a mixture of both.

Recommended Equipment

One of our excursions will bring our guests on a mountaintop at 1’960 m (6'440 ft.). For this and other outdoor excursions and activities during the IBO week we highly recommend you to bring:

  • good shoe gear (e.g. trekking shoes)
  • sun protection (e.g. sunglasses, suntan lotion)
  • rain protection (umbrella and/or rainproof jacket)
  • cloths for both warm and cold weather

Water quality

The drinking water that comes out of Swiss taps is of very good quality and can be drunk without concern.


The voltage in Switzerland, as in most of Europe, is 230V/50 Hz. If you travel to Switzerland with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. Read the specifications on your electrical device carefully. Switzerland uses type C (2-pin) and type J (3-pin) plugs, (Type C 2-pin plugs also fit J sockets). For all other plugs (i.e. for laptops), an adaptor will be needed.

Further Information

Tourist information on Switzerland
Tourist information on Bern
Information on Arrival and Departure
Information on IBO locations and accommodation

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