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.