Getting to the Forum

On this page you can find all practical information to join us at the Global Forum in Lucerne.

Forum Venues

The Global Forum on Direct Democracy will be held in various locations which are located in the city centre of Lucerne.



Formerly built as a swimming pool, The Neubad now functions as an atelier where artists display their works to the public. Most sessions on Thursday will be held at the Neubad.

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Laboratorium Luzern

Several sessions on Thursday will take place in the Laboratorium Luzern, a public workspace that offers a wide range of solutions to people who would like to work with their colleagues and present their ideas. It is non-partisan, self-organized and privately funded, and open for everybody.

Please visit for more information.


University of Lucerne

The opening event as well as the sessions on Saturday will take place at the University of Lucerne. Established in 2000, the University of Lucerne is a small public university that has gained an international reputation. The university offers an attractive range of study programs including law, economics, and medicine.

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Rathaus Luzern

Indebted to the Italian Renaissance style, Rathaus (Town Hall) Lucerne is one of the most beautiful buildings in Lucerne. Rathaus is located in the old town and is frequently used as an exhibition hall and concert hall. On Saturday the Democracy City Summit will take place at the Rathaus.

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Reaching the Forum

Reaching the Forum by train

Switzerland has one of the most advanced railway systems in the world, and its train system provides easy yet comfortable train rides to Lucerne. Lucerne’s rail station is located in the middle of the city, and there are various international arrivals and departures. Trains generally arrive Lucerne from Zurich, Berne, and Olten. There are also hourly trains to Lucerne from Zurich and some other cities. It takes 1.5 hours to travel from Berne and Basel and around 50 minutes from Zurich. If you are coming from Germany, connections to Basel are generally quick and practical.

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Reaching the Forum by plane

There is no airport in Lucerne. Participants who would like to come to Lucerne by plane should first fly to the Zurich International Airport (ZRH), which has train connections to Lucerne. The other two alternatives to Zurich International Airport are Euro-airport Basel Mulhouse (BSL) and Airport Bern-Belp (BRN). These two alternatives also offer connections to Lucerne by train and bus.


Reaching the Forum by bus

There are few regular long-distance bus services to Lucerne. If you would like to take a bus to Lucerne, you can reach connections via Zurich from other Swiss cities such as Freiburg. Lately, Basel and Ticino offer cheap but relatively slow bus connections to Lucerne.


Reaching the Forum by car

If you would like to reach Lucerne by car from other European countries, you are quite lucky. There are some remarkable views, beautiful nature as well as reliable roads. If you are coming from outside the European Union, you may rent a car at the Zurich International Airport. From Zurich, you will first need to take the NH14 railway for Berne, then you will have to route 10 to reach Lucerne.


In Lucerne

Public Transport

Public transportation in Lucerne is stress-free and developed. You can get almost anywhere with city buses and trams. You can obtain a ticket for up to 6 stops for 2.50 CHF, which will stay valid for half an hour. A single ticket costs around 4 CHF, and a day pass ticket 9 CHF. In case you are staying in a hotel, you will obtain a Visitor Card that will allow free transportation in the city centre and give you access to the public wifi.



There are several options for those who would like to come to Lucerne with their cars. If you are staying short, you may obtain a day pass for around 25 CHF, which will allow you to park in dedicated spaces. There are also garages which you can rent hourly.

Things to know before arriving

Swiss power sockets and adapters

Switzerland uses a single and hexagonal power socket that has three holes. It is compatible with the standardized Europlug. To use appliances with type E and type F plugs, you will need a special adapter. 


Information on COVID-19 in Switzerland

Starting from 17 February 2022, all restrictions when entering Switzerland have been lifted. Travellers who would like to visit Switzerland no longer need to present proof of vaccination or negative tests. Travellers also do not need to show recovery certificates upon entry. Wearing a mask on the outside of ship decks is not obligatory. However, everybody is still obliged to take personal measurements and use a protective mask when entering public spaces in Switzerland.

Please be aware that this information may become outdated and the latest correct information can always be found on the Swiss . In order to verify what precautions apply to your individual case, you can use the official Travel Check website.


Top 10 things to do in Lucerne

  1. Trip to the Mount Pilatus
  2. Wandering around the Old Town
  3. Visiting Swiss Museum of Transport
  4. Exploring Lake Lucerne by boat
  5. Visiting Löwendenkmal (Lion Monument)
  6. Visiting Museum Sammlung Rosengart
  7. Crossing Kapellbrücke
  8. Visiting Bourbaki Museum
  9. Visiting Glacier Garden
  10. Hiking on Mount Rigi



Accommodation in Lucerne, Switzerland

The Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy has arranged an attractive discount for participants with several hotels in Lucerne. With the information below you can book at the following hotels - until August 1st - at greatly reduced rates! Every hotel in Lucerne will offer its guests a free ticket to make use of Lucerne public transportation and public wifi.
Hotel Barabas
Switzerland's first prison hotel is located in the middle of the old town of Lucerne - a ten-minute walk from the train station. The former prison cells have been transformed into hotel rooms. There is a Japanese restaurant in the same building.  

Rates for four nights (21-25 September):

  • Single room CHF 377,00
  • Double room with twin beds: CHF 433,00

The prices include breakfast. Additionally, a city tax of CHF 4 per day, per person will be charged.


> Book before 1 August 2022 by writing to mentioning the promo code "MDD22".


Hotel Ibis Budget

The hotel is only a ten-minute walk from the train station, the Old Town and the Chapel Bridge and has a direct bus connection.

Rates for four nights (21-25 September):

  • Double room with twin beds: CHF 470,00
  • Double room with twin beds (breakfast included): CHF 512,00

Breakfast can be added for an additional CHF 13 per day, per person. Additionally, a city tax of CHF 4 per day, per person will be charged.


> Book before 1 August 2022 by writing to mentioning the promo code "Global Forum". Please specify the number of persons per room.


Hotel de la Paix

The three-star Hotel de la Paix is close to the Löwenplatz, the Bourbaki panorama and the Glacier Garden. It is centrally located, with a bus station in front of the building or a 10-minute walk to the train station.

Rates for four nights (21-25 September):

  • Double room with twin beds for single use: CHF 612,00
  • Double room with twin beds for double use: CHF 672,00

Additionally a city tax of CHF 4 per day, and person will be charged.


> Book before 1 August 2022 using this link and the promo code "Global" on booking page.