General Information

Lucerne: In the heart of Europe

© Luzern Tourismus / Beat Brechbühl

Language: German

Local currency:
Swiss Franc (Fr. or CHF)
Current Exchange Rates: 1 € = 1.17 CHF

© Luzern Tourismus / Beat Brechbühl

How to get from Zurich Airport to Lucerne?
By train with the Swiss Railway SBB.
The SBB travel center is located within the Zurich airport, in the Check-in 3 area. Tickets have to be purchased at the ticket counters, at the ticket machine or online The train gates are just below.
Trains from Zurich Airport to Lucerne
-IR 70, every hour at xx:47, no change needed, journey of 1 hour, arrival in Lucerne at xx:49

-IC1, every hour at xx:18, you need to change train in Zurich main station (Zürich Hauptbahnhof), departure from Zurich main station IR70 at xx:35, journey of 50 minutes, arrival in Lucerne xx:25

Timetable:, in German language: Zürich-Flughafen -> Luzern

How to get from Euroairport Basel to Lucerne?
By local bus to the main train station of the city of Basel and by train with the Swiss Railway SBB to Lucerne
The bus nr. 50 from EuroAirport to Basel SBB. The bus station is outside in front of the Euroairport Basel. Bus tickets have to be purchased at the ticket machine.
Trains from Basel SBB main station to Lucerne:

Direct trains, without change:
-IR 26, every hour at xx:04, no change needed, journey of 1 hour, arrival in Lucerne at xx:05

-IR 27, every hour at xx:17, no change needed, journey of 1 hour13minutes, arrival in Lucerne at xx:30, in German language: Basel SBB -> Luzern
Train tickets have to be purchased at the ticket counters, at the ticket machine or online

How to get from Geneva Airport to Lucerne?
By train with the Swiss Railway SBB.

The SBB travel center is located in the Geneva airport, beside terminal 1, walking distance from arrival. Tickets have to be purchased at the ticket counters, at the ticket machine or online The train gates are just below.

Trains from Geneva airport train station to Lucerne:
Direct trains, without change:
-IR 50, every hour at xx:50, no change needed, journey of 3 hours11minutes, arrival in Lucerne at xx:01, in French language: Genève-Aéroport -> Lucerne

Lucerne / History
1178  Founded
1210 Gotthard Pass opened; as the nearest town on the vital north-south route, Lucerne becomes an important land-lake transhipment centre
From 1333 Construction of the outer city fortifications, i.e. the Musegg Wall with its nine towers, which still exists.
Lucerne’s landmark octagonal water-century.
1407  Spreuer Bridge built
1836 Launch of 1st paddle steamer on Lake Lucerne
1859 Inauguration of the 1st railway station
1863 Thomas Cook’s 1st tour of Switzerland with stopover in Lucerne
1991 New railway station inaugurated featuring imposing architecture by the Spaniard Santiago Calatrava
1993 Chapel Bridge partially destroyed by fire
2000 After five years of construction, inauguration of KKL Luzern (Culture and Congress Centre Lucerne) designed by Jean Nouvel

Lucerne / business
Lucerne is situated in the heart of Europe. Excellent business infrastructures and a wide choice of hotels leave nothing to be desired: whether you’re looking to hire star architect Jean Nouvel’s world famous KKL Luzern Culture and Convention Centre or any of Lucerne’s numerous other superb multifunctional facilities and hotels.

Also “premium” are the ideal conditions for accompanying programmes here in the Lucerne – Lake Lucerne Region:

the gorgeous location by the lake and the Alpine peaks, which seem close enough to touch, invite you to go on unforgettable excursions. The city of Lucerne and its fast travel routes guarantee an abundance of sights, and

cultural and shopping experiences.

Lucerne / Leisure
The Lucerne-Lake Lucerne Region is situated in the heart of Switzerland and the city of Lucerne itself is a stronghold of culture. Nowhere will you find more things to see than in this city nestling in a magnificent landscape characterized by mountains and its eponymous lake. Charming Lucerne is brimming with things to do; Century old sights such as the Chapel Bridge and historic Old Town, museums, shopping, festival and events during all year. The region also contains a wealth of mountain-based recreational opportunities and record-breaking railways and cableways. Mount Rigi, Mount Pilatus, Mount Titlis, Stanserhorn and many other corners of the mountains are popular excursions with stunning views.

Lucerne / economy
Lucerne is the capital of the canton of Lucerne and in many respects the most important city in Central Switzerland. It is the cultural centre of the region and the fourth largest Swiss agglomeration.

Lucerne owes its development firstly to its geographical location on the important north-south transport axis, sandwiched between the Swiss Plateau and the Alps at the threshold to Central Switzerland, and secondly to the uniquely picturesque scenery of this region.

Congress Venue

Verkehrshaus (Swiss Museum of Transport)
Lidostrasse 5, 6006 Luzern

Offering a range of engaging and exciting settings, the Swiss Museum of Transport presents the development of transport and mobility on road, rail and water, as well as in the air and in space. Visitors see and experience over 3000 items, simulators, multimedia shows and interactive platforms in a vast exhibition area. A visit is further enhanced by unique attractions such as the widescreen.
Film theatre, the Planetarium, the Swissarena, the Nautirama, the Swiss Chocolate Adventure and the Hans Erni Art Gallery. As an inspirational experience for all ages, families and school classes, the museum’s exhibitions and activities help it forge links between the past, the present and the future.
The location offers as well

  • A main lecture hall with a capacity of up to 600 seats
  • A secondary room with a capacity of 193 seats (or 3x 60 seats)
  • Space for exhibition and poster session in front of the main lecture hall, where also coffee breaks and lunch will be served
  • Meeting rooms for 18 to 40 people

Getting here
From Lucerne station:
Bus: 6, 8, 24 / Stop: Verkehrshaus
Train: S3 suburban train and Voralpen-Express / station: Luzern Verkehrshaus
Boat: Verkehrshaus-Lido landing stage

Public transport:
Reduced-rate public transport ticket for Lucerne
Benefit from a free ticket for public transport when booking a hotel in the city of Lucerne. The ticket is valid in the zone 10 and is for 2nd class travel (excluding boat trips) for the duration of your stay from the day you arrive to the day of your departure.

Social program

Welcome cocktail at the Grand Casino
Haldenstrasse 6, 6006 Lucerne
Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 18.00-21.00 h

=> Dress code: casual 



Swiss Evening at the Restaurant Stadtkeller
Sternenplatz. 3, 6004 Lucerne
Thursday, 14 June 2018, 18.30–23.00 h

=> Dress code: casual

Gala-Dinner at the Hotel Schweizerhof
Schweizerhofquai, 6002 Luzern
Friday, 15 June 20, 18.00-23.00 h

The Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern enjoys a central location in the «City of Lights», close to the historic old town centre with lots of shopping opportunities and the KKL Luzern Culture & Convention Centre. Our 101 elegantly furnished and air-conditioned rooms and suites boast stunning views of Lake Lucerne and the mountain scenery beyond.

When the Zeugheer Hall was inaugurated in 1865, the French Empress Eugénie residing at the Hotel at the time praised the premises, stating there could be few halls of greater splendour even in France. Little has changed in that respect since then. On the contrary: The Neo-Renaissance style of the Schweizerhof is more resplendent today than ever before. And while it nurtures its traditions, it certainly lives in the present. Indeed, its trendsetting infrastructure satisfies all the requirements of modern-day amenities.