gresshaus and Tonhalle event complex is
scheduled to re-open in late summer 2020.
On the horizon, The Circle Convention
Centre Zurich Airport will open in 2019
with space for up to 1,500 people. A 255-
room Hyatt Regency and 300-room Hyatt
Place will be opening at The Circle as well.
Samsung Hall opened in 2016 with space
for up to 5,060 people. Its Rooftop Terrace
holds up to 360 people and Loft Terrace up
to 420 people, among other spaces.
Capital of Switzerland, Bern lures visitors
with its medieval Clock Tower (Zytglogge),
and old town. Groups can take a private
tour of the clock tower, according to Pidroni, entering inside and climbing to the
top for a look at its internal workings.
For those intrigued by Switzerland’s
clocks and watches, CIMIER Watch Academy in nearby Biel/Bienne offers groups
an opportunity to take a closer look behind
the scenes of watchmaking and participate
in assembling a timepiece.
Another Bern highlight, Kornhaus Keller
was built between 1711 and 1718 and was
used to store barley. The space can be
used for dinners, Pidroni said. The Renzo
Piano-designed Zentrum Paul Klee houses
Klee’s works and offers function space.
Kursaal Bern Convention Center in
December 2016 expanded with additional
meeting rooms and a large foyer. The Arena
and 21,500-square-foot Forum can each
host receptions for up to 1,500 people.
South of Bern, in the Interlaken region,
groups can organize a train trip to Jung-
fraujoch—the “Top of Europe.” Aside from
stunning views, groups can host dinners on
top or a reception in the Ice Palace.
Strolling the Old Town of Lucerne is
something straight out of a fairy tale, with
cobblestone streets and exquisite murals,
while the entire city makes for postcard
views, including the renowned Chapel
Bridge and octagonal Water Tower.
One of Lucerne’s prime spots for group
events is the Swiss Museum of Transport,
which offers a variety of spaces. Its Rail
Transport Hall features a vast collection on
the theme of Swiss rail transport, ranging
from the horse-drawn tram to the electric
railway. Groups can host a stand-up dinner
in the hall for 600 or seated for 300. Meanwhile, the Road Transport Hall offers space
for dinners for 300.
For other off-site options, groups can
charter a yacht on Lake Lucerne or organize an outing outside the city such as the
Dragon Ride aerial cableway to Mt. Pilatus.
At the summit, groups can host a dinner at
the restaurant Pilatus-Kulm.
The city, which can host meetings at
its KKL Luzern conference center, is also
expanding and upgrading its inventory.
Palace Lucerne is undergoing an extensive
renovation and will be closed until spring
2019. Renovations will concentrate on the
interior of the hotel, scaling down to 110
new suites and adding three new restaurants. Burgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne
opened this year with meeting space. Its
new Alpine Spa offers private spa suites.
A hub for Switzerland’s arts scene, Basel
is known for its Art Basel festival in June,
featuring works at various galleries and
large-scale exhibits at Unlimited.
Basel can host groups at many of its
museums, including Kunstmuseum Basel,
with space for up to 500 people standing,
and Museum Tinguely, houseing works by
Swiss artist Jean Tinguely.
The former Ramada Plaza Basel is now
the HYPERION Basel Hotel following an
extensive renovation. A Movenpick is slated to open in Basel in 2019.
South of Basel, in Le Noirmont, attendees can try their hands at watchmaking at
Initium. A master in watchmaking teaches
about watch mechanics and up to 12 participants are armed with screwdrivers and
tweezers to help create a timepiece.
Meanwhile, east of Basel, Hemishofen is
home to an organic farm where attendees
can learn how to make cheese. Participants
churn their own butter and sample it on
freshly made bread. For a chaser they can
milk their own cow for a fresh glass of milk.
In Switzerland’s French-speaking re-
gion, Geneva is home to CERN, one of
the world’s largest centers for scientific
research, according to Pidroni. Its CERN
Globe, close to the size of the dome of Saint
Peter’s in Rome, is a main attraction and
open to group tours.
A Radisson Blu is in the works with 250
rooms and slated to debut in 2021.
Outside Geneva, Chillon Castle is also
open to groups for private events in the
evenings. Ovation Switzerland can arrange
dinners in its medieval dining rooms,
replete with a medieval-style menu and
medieval entertainment, such as fire eaters,
court jesters, minstrels and jugglers.
Lausanne, about 45 minutes from Geneva
Airport, is home to the Olympic Museum,
where the International Olympic Commit-
tee is based. The Olympic museum offers a
setting for a gala dinner on its roof terrace,
with views of Lake Geneva and the Alps.
Another option, Le Coucou Restau-
rant-Hotel is a traditional Swiss chalet
located in Caux/Montreux. The restaurant
features a terrace with a panoramic view.
For Charlie Chaplin fans, Chaplin’s World
in Vevey is home to The Manoir, housing
Chaplin’s furnishings and personal belong-
ings, as well as The Studio, which traces the
silent film star’s career through multimedia
exhibits, from Modern Times to The Tramp.
Groups can hire out one or several sections
of the nearly 10,000 square feet of space.
SWISS MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT, LUCERNE
SWITZERLAND CONVENTION &
+ 41. 44.215.4030
OLYMPIC MUSEUM, LAUSANNE