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Lausanne, Switzerland Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 31
Total Sleeping Rooms 2,522
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 337
Committable Meeting Rooms* 18
Largest Exhibit Space 50,500 Sq. Mtr.
Largest Ballroom 4,000 Sq. Mtr.
Average Hotel Room Rate CHF 233
Average Daily Meal Cost CHF 155
Average Weekly Car Rental CHF 484
*Maximum for a single hotel

Lausanne, Switzerland Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's MICE Guide to Lausanne - a city guide for MICE professionals. The fourth-largest city in Switzerland and the capital city of the canton of Vaud, Lausanne shines with four beacons of excellence, including education and research, sport, culture, and sustainable development. Known as the Olympic Capital – the only title of its kind in the world – Lausanne is home to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as well as internationally renowned institutions of higher education, centers of medical research and many multi-national corporations. An ideal destination for international conferences, medical conventions, and business meetings, Lausanne also features a wide variety of after-meeting attractions and team building activities, as well as many accommodation options. What's more, Lausanne is a strong regional transport hub and all Lausanne hotel guests are given a free Transport Card, which allows for free bus, metro, and rail transportation while staying in Lausanne.

Located along the Lake Geneva shoreline, and at the geographical center of Europe, Lausanne is surrounded by vineyards, rolling countryside, scenic forests, and spectacular views of the Alps. Lausanne is connected to Geneva International Airport by direct train service five times an hour and sits about a 40-minute drive from the airport. Geneva International Airport ranks as the second-busiest European airport for private aviation and flies to more than 130 direct destinations throughout Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The Mobilis public transport network includes train, metro, and bus service that operates via zone fare areas throughout Lausanne and Vaud. The network includes Lausanne's M2, which serves as Switzerland's first automated metro. M2 links the south end of the city (Ouchy) with the north end (Epalinges) in less than 20 minutes' time.

Lausanne's reputation as an attractive business location with extensive transportation links and proximity to industry and vocational colleges has brought with it the construction of several convention and meeting venues. Conveniently located within a short walk of Lausanne's city center, the MCH Beaulieu Lausanne features 50,500 square meters of meeting and convention space throughout a wide range of facilities. The venue welcomes 400,000 to 500,000 annual visitors, accommodating events in its exhibition halls, 34 modular rooms and 1,844-person Beaulieu Theatre. Opened in April 2014, the ultramodern SwissTech Convention Center, located on the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology campus, is the world's first fully automated congress center, with seating that can be retracted at the touch of a button and then swallowed up by a flat-surface floor. The center's fully modular auditorium offers seating for 3,000 people, including its 795-seat balcony; thanks to the center's smart technology, the auditorium can be converted to an exhibition hall or banquet room in 15 minutes' time. The SwissTech Convention Center also features 15 modular breakout rooms on the ground floor.

In addition to the MCH Beaulieu Lausanne and SwissTech Convention Center, Lausanne is home to a number of unique venues perfectly positioned for group gatherings and events. The Rolex Learning Center, also located on the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology campus, covers 20,000 square meters of libraries, information center, social and meeting areas, study rooms, restaurants, and cafes, all intended for both students and the public. Groups can reserve the center's five transparent bubbles that provide cover for 10 meeting rooms, as well as the 600-seat Forum Rolex space. Lausanne's Olympic Museum traces the Olympic Games from ancient times through modern day, showcasing more than 1,000 objects and 150 interactive screens. The museum also offers a variety of meeting and event areas, including its 175-seat auditorium, break-out rooms, gallery space and cafe, among other spaces.

About Lausanne, Switzerland / Additional Info

Lausanne enjoys a fantastic reputation as a strong business and meeting destination, and popular tourist destination, thanks to its cultural strength, dynamic quality of life, exceptional Lake Geneva setting, and record number of award-winning and acclaimed restaurants. Located in French-speaking Switzerland, Lausanne also serves as a gateway to the Alps and a city strong in sport beyond its Olympic status, featuring opportunities for cross country skiing, golf, curling, and more. Sport is undeniably woven into Lausanne's very environment, as the city has served as the home of the International Olympic Committee headquarters since 1914 and today is home to more than 40 additional sports federations. Lausanne received the title of Olympic Capital in 1993, recognized for its status of the worldwide center of sport administration.

When it comes to Lausanne's beginnings, the earliest traces of habitation in the city date back to 6000 BC. From the end of the 6th century until 1536, the city served as a destination for pilgrimage, became the cantonal capital in 1803 when Vaud was created as an entity of the Swiss Confederation. Lausanne's rich history can still be seen firsthand at such sites as the majestic Cathedral of Lausanne, a Gothic masterpiece at the heart of the city, as well as the remains of ancient Roman dwellings along the outskirts of Lausanne.

A gateway destination to the Alps, Lausanne is beautifully located along Lake Geneva, the largest freshwater lake in Europe. Lined with terraced vineyards, restaurant terraces, and snow-coated Alps, Lake Geneva is a place of water recreation and relaxation, as well as the host of such prestigious regattas as the Bol d'Or. Visitors can charter a number of watercraft and glide along Lake Geneva's waters. Visitors can also explore the Lauvaux Vineyards, which stretch for some 30 kilometers above Lake Geneva. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the present wine terraces can be traced back to the 11th century and today, visitors are welcome to tour the cellars and taste local vintages.

When it comes to Lausanne, beauty is not only skin deep. The city underwent a dramatic urban development phase starting at the beginning of the 20th century and today Lausanne is a pillar of educational, business, and cultural strength. The University of Lausanne campus is one of the largest in the country; 25,000 total students hail from the University of Lausanne and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology campus, which can be compared to a miniature European Silicon Valley. In addition to the University of Lausanne and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne is home to the IMD International business school, Lausanne Hotel School EHL, Rudra-Bejart dance school, and School of Art and Design of Lausanne ECAL, as well as a number of life science and biotechnology centers.

Lausanne's cultural strength can be seen its dance, opera, and theatre, as well as its 20 or so museums, including The Olympic Museum, Fondation de l'Hermitage, Collection de l'Art Brut, and the Musee de l'Elysee, a museum devoted entirely to photography and the only one of its kind in French-speaking Switzerland. The city's reputation as a culinary destination can be savored at its many fine restaurants that serve seasonal fare crafted with local ingredients that celebrate the region's bounty.

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