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Lausanne – Basic facts

Official language: French. All of the most common languages are understood.
City population: 130 000
Lausanne area population: 350 000
Climate: Mild. No harsh winter. Average annual temperature 14°C/57°F.
Average summer temperature: 24°C/75°F.
Time zone: GMT + 1 (Summer time + 1 = March-October)

Lausanne – just around the corner

Just 45 minutes from Geneva International Airport by road or rail, Lausanne is easily reachable from all international destinations. And being located at major rail and road interchanges, all of Central Europe is within easy reach.

Lausanne – a landscape city

The city of Lausanne overlooks Lake Geneva, the largest lake in Western Europe, and faces the majestic splendour of the snow-capped Alps. It boasts a backdrop of scenic beauty that is truly breathtaking.


Lausanne – a human city

Home to a population of 130 000 and the hub of a metropolitan area of 350 000, including 80 000 international residents, Lausanne boasts business, cultural, sports and educational facilities that are truly remarkable for a city of its size.

Lausanne – an award winning sustainable city

Lausanne embarked on its path to sustainability in the 1990s by ensuring that all local government services reflected a respect for the environment and the integration of nature into town planning. In 2004, Lausanne’s forward-thinking energy policy enabled it to become the first city to be awarded the European Energy Award Gold, a title that was reconfirmed in 2009.

Lausanne – a conference city

Lausanne’s compact size, perfect accessibility and well-developed infrastructure make it a top choice for international conferences. Not least, its standing is supported by a cosmopolitan, multilingual population and workforce.


Lausanne – how to get there

The city of Lausanne lies in the western part of Switzerland, in very close proximity to France and Italy, in the heart of Central Europe. Located just 40 min by road or rail from Geneva, Lausanne is easy to reach by air through Geneva International Airport.
From many European cities, high speed trains reach Lausanne in a few hours:

  • Grenoble: 2 hours 50 minutes

  • Milan: 2 hours 30 minutes

  • Paris: 3 hours 40 minutes

  • Brussels: 6 hours 30 minutes

All Swiss cities are reachable in between 40 minutes and 2.5 hours.

Lausanne accommodation opportunities

Although Lausanne is a medium sized city, it is the Olympic capital and is host to a high concentration of multinationals, corporate and federation headquarters. To support these institutions, the city offers a wide range of attractive accommodation options to suit all budgets. For the period of the conference, Lausanne Tourisme can furnish 2000 rooms (250 in 5*, 850 in 4*, 650 in 3* hotels, 250 in other categories). There are 1500 additional rooms in Vevey and Montreux and many others situated between Lausanne and Geneva within 30 minutes of the conference venue.

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