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Lucerne, Switzerland Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 58
Total Sleeping Rooms 3,089
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 252
Committable Meeting Rooms* 18
Convention Center Space 70,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate CHF 226
Average Daily Meal Cost CHF 80
Average Weekly Car Rental CHF 383
*Maximum for a single hotel

Lucerne, Switzerland Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Lucerne, a guide for meeting professionals. The capital of the canton of Lucerne and the cultural center of Central Switzerland, Lucerne is a resort region known for its focus on wellness, scenery, annual festivals, medieval monuments, and a convenient, easy-to-reach location along beautiful Lake Lucerne. Beyond its reputation as a world-famous tourist destination with an international flair, Lucerne is an ideal setting for conventions and meetings, thanks to its range of lodging and event venues, nearby excursions, and unique cultural activities.

Conveniently located on a major north-south axis between the Swiss Plateau and the Alps, Lucerne is set at 436 metre above sea level, nestled amid gentle hillsides and at the edge of the deep blue Lake Lucerne. Still-intact medieval city walls, encompassing the site of the famous 14th-century Chapel Bridge and Water Tower, hug the city.

Lucerne sits within a one-hour drive of Zurich International Airport, 65 miles from Basel Airport, and 80 miles from the capital city of Bern and Bern Airport. Zurich Airport is Switzerland's largest and busiest for international flight connections (161 destinations in 63 countries served), and provides direct access to Swiss Federal Railways service. As Switzerland's largest travel and transport company, Swiss Federal Railways links Lucerne with a number of Swiss destinations, including Bern. Bern Airport offers both general and commercial flights, while Basel Airport operates 80 to 100 daily scheduled flights, with a scheduled flight network of 60 to 80 airports in 30 countries.

As much a part of Lucerne's cityscape as its centuries-old monuments, the avant-garde KKL Luzern serves as the city's largest convention and event venue. Sitting on Lake Lucerne, next to the rail station and within a short walk of Lucerne's Old Town center, KKL Luzern was designed by renowned architect Jean Nouvel. The venue boasts a roof that projects over Lake Lucerne and water channels that lead directly into the building, as well as three event venues, including the 22,605-square-foot Concert Hall, 13,778-square-foot Lucerne Hall, and Convention Centre with six club rooms, three business and media rooms, and the modern Crystal Lounge. Groups can also gather in such spaces as the 270-seat auditorium, complete with leather seating and the latest technology; as well as using two terraces and five foyers.

Aside from the striking, modern KKL Luzern, the city is home to a number of unique venues perfectly situated for group gatherings and events. The Museum Sammlung Rosengart showcases an extensive collection of Paul Klee and Pablo Picasso works, as well as private event capabilities in its elegant entrance hall and exhibition space. Heralded as Switzerland's most visited museum, the Swiss Museum of Transport is home to a variety of interactive exhibits, a planetarium, and even the largest movie screen in Switzerland. In addition to its exhibits and activities, the Swiss Museum of Transport offers private event spaces in its Conference Center, Hans Erni Auditorium, exhibit halls, and two 10th-floor meeting rooms with panoramic city views.

Groups can hold events amid the city's Bourbaki Panorama, one of the few remaining circular paintings in the world. Housed in a modern building (also home to a city library, cinemas, shops, and a restaurant), the 1881 panoramic painting depicts the crossing of France's eastern army into Switzerland at the end of the Franco-Prussian War. Gletschergarten Luzern's park and museum serve as an oasis from city life, as well as a wonderful venue for indoor and outdoor events amid a network of paths, flowering plants, and a natural monument of polished rock, glacial potholes, and erratic blocks. Last but not least, the glamorous Grand Casino Luzern houses the neo-Baroque Casineum, which serves as a daytime backdrop for corporate meetings, an evening venue for plays, operas, concerts, and comedy shows, and a late-night space for the party and club scene.

About Lucerne, Switzerland / Additional Info

Boasting legendary charm and a unique mix of tradition and modernity, Lucerne is a compact, well-linked destination within minutes of ski excursions. Lucerne's Old Town is a car-free area graced with narrow streets and airy squares lined with shops, boutiques, and cafes. Most of the city's attractions can be reached on foot, and many of its historic monuments are among Lucerne's most popular sites. Perhaps the most beloved monument in Lucerne, the Lion Monument is the oldest preserved figurative monument in Switzerland. Carved into a former sandstone quarry, the monument serves as an allegory of the defeat of the Swiss Guard during the storming of the Tuileries Palace in Paris in 1792. The Lucerne Tourist Board offers a number of a la carte walking tours throughout the city, focusing on such topics as its monuments, history, cuisine, and arts.

A true center of commerce and tourism, Lucerne has a history that was heavily influenced by its geographic location at Lake Lucerne between the Alps and major pass roads. Today, the major tourism destination is home to several leading museums and theaters, including Luzerner Theater, the only theater in Central Switzerland that presents productions in different sectors of the performing arts and has its own professional ensembles. Luzerner Theater showcases about 22 new opera, dance, and drama productions to approximately 100,000 audience members each year. Known as The Festival City, Lucerne hosts a number of cultural events year-round, including its famous Lucerne Carnival, Lucerne Blues Festival, and Lucerne Festival at the Piano. Visitors delight in Lucerne's many shops selling traditional Swiss chocolate, watches, jewelry, and fashions, as well as the city's outdoor food and handcraft markets.

While Lucerne buzzes with energy, it also allows visitors to get away from it all. Set against the deep blue water of Lake Lucerne, the Lake Lucerne Region features a number of wellness hotels, relaxing day spas, and mineral baths. Visitors can hop aboard the luxurious Panorama Yacht Saphir for a one-hour cruise along Lake Lucerne while relaxing on the aqua terrace or listening to the yacht's professional audio guide share insider information on Lucerne monuments and scenery. Lucerne's convenient Central Switzerland location puts visitors within easy reach of a number of excursions and activities. Visitors can ride a vintage cable car to the top of Mt. Rigi or Mt. Pilatus, or board the world's first Cabrio cable car having a roofless upper deck to Mount Stanserhorn, which features breathtaking panoramic views and a rotating restaurant. Nearby Mount Titlis features year-round snow and ice recreation, as well as the world's first rotating cable car.

When it's time to sit back and enjoy Swiss culinary specialties, Lucerne is home to a number of traditional and modern restaurants serving international fare. Wirtshaus Taube and Zunfthausrestaurant Pfistern both serve daily regional Swiss offerings in rustic rooms and on sun terraces, while Bolero Restaurant & Lounge at Cascada Swiss Quality Hotel specializes in Spanish-Latin American cuisine. Restaurant Galerie in Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern is known for its seasonal, market-fresh creations and signature chateaubriand, while Restaurant Jasper in Palace Luzern specializes in modern Mediterranean fare served in a serene space with Lake Lucerne views. If you are looking for traditional Thai cuisine, you should visit the Restaurant Thai Garden at the Hotel Astoria, Switzerland's oldest Thai restaurant.

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