24 hours in Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne is Switzerland's fourth largest city and the Olympic capital of the world. A short walk from the shores of Lake Geneva, Lausanne is a must visit on a tour of Switzerland and is the perfect base for exploring the Alps.

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Accommodation

Arrive at Geneva airport and hop on a 45 minute train to Lausanne. On arrival, head for the beautiful Royal Savoy Hotel and Spa. Originally built in 1909, a restoration has recently been completed combining elegant features with contemporary design.

The 196 room hotel offers an oasis of calm in the middle of the city. Their Sky Lounge bar boasts 360 degree views over Lausanne, the Lavaux region, Lake Geneva and the Alps - it’s the perfect place for an aperitif in the evening and a yoga session in morning.

Dine at the hotel’s Brasserie du Royal offering delicious local specialities prepared with regional ingredients as well as signature dishes created by Michelin-starred Chef Marc Haeberlin. Try the perfect florentine egg or the candied cod.

Meeting and event spaces

The Royal Savoy has event spaces expanding over an area of 1200m2, all benefitting from natural daylight and fully integrated technical equipment. With the modular ballroom of over 570m2, the Salon Royal and five salons from 28 - 60m2 - it’s the perfect location for any event. The Penthouse Suite is ideal for international MICE visitors whilst remaining discreet for high-profile guests.

For events outside the hotel, visit the SwissTech Convention Centre located on the campus of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - a stone's throw from the Rolex Learning Centre. Featuring Gala Venue technology, spaces can be customised to meet the needs of the organisers. The technology, hidden below the floor, automates the rotation of seats so in 15 minutes the configuration can be merged from theatre style to a flat banquet set up.

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As well as a variety of rooms and set ups, the centre has a strong commitment to sustainable development, using water from Lake Geneva and geothermal pillars for heating and cooling, and photovoltaic panels on the side of the building to produce electricity for the centre.

Lausanne is the home of the Olympic committee so why not host an event at the Olympic Museum. With stunning views of Lake Geneva, the museum can open its doors to meetings, conferences and dinner receptions with the Auditorium seating 200 people. Attendees also have museum access for a chance to inspire delegates with the sporting successes of the Games. 

Activities

If running around the museum’s 100m track is not up your street why not go wine tasting in the UNESCO World Heritage area of Lavaux. Try a Chasselas or a Pinot Noir whilst looking out onto the Alps and see why the Swiss say that their wine is too good to export any more than 2%!

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To find out more visit: www.myswitzerland.com/meetings
Or contact Livio Goetz at scib.uk@switzerland.com

Stay at the Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa from CHF 300 per night (approx £227) in a deluxe room, including breakfast. For more information or to book, please call +41 21 614 88 88 or email reservations@royalsavoy.ch

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