Opening: LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura is the new Arts Centre dedicated to the visual arts, music and the performing arts, which promises to become one of Switzerland’s most important cultural institutions, with the aim of promoting a wide range of art and establishing Lugano as a cultural crossroads between northern and southern Europe.
Summit: Palazzo di Congressi Lugano is the ideal location for any public or private event. All Lugano Convention & Exhibition venues can be used for different types of events, they are all located in the city centre and are well connected by the public transport system.
Closing: Lido The Lugano Lido offers the visitor numerous opportunities: a wonderful fine sandy beach on the shores of Lake Ceresio, heated Olympic swimming pool, a medium size swimming pool, a diving pool with trampolines up to 10 m high, a pool suitable for children with water games, a beach volley court and a five-a-side football pitch. We will have a beach party at the end of the convention on the shore of the Lake with a fantastic view facing the Monte San Salvatore.
By air A large number of airline companies land in Zurich, Geneva, Basel and Bern Belp. Swiss International Air Lines is the national carrier of Switzerland serving more than 100 worldwide destinations. For ATWS 2022 we recommend flying to either Zurich or Milan.
By car Coming from Milan: take the Laghi A9 motorway in the direction of Como-San Gottardo or the A8 motorway in the direction of Varese-Stabio (Gaggiolo). Advised exit: Lugano Sud. Coming from Zürich: take the A2 motorway in the direction of San Gottardo-Chiasso-Italy. Advised exit: Lugano Nord.
Please remember that to drive on Swiss motorways it is necessary to be equipped with the motorway sticker that is to be applied onto the car windshield (the cost: CHF 40.-, valid from January to December) it may be purchased at Customs (Gaggiolo – Stabio, Ponte Tresa, Chiasso).
PARKINGPAY: Download the application via Google Play or App Store, which allows the payment of the parking time in the Lugano car parks via smartphone. Ask in the shops, to operators and hoteliers for the parking discount voucher (CHF 2.- or CHF 5.-) to be included in the application.
Distances to Lugano
Milan – 77km
Zurich – 227km
Basel – 287km
Bern – 302km
Geneva – 446km
Rom – 644km
Paris – 856km
Berlin – 1048km
London – 1152km
Distances from Airports by train.
Zurich Airport (ZRH): 2h to Lugano by train
Milano Malpensa Airport (MXP): 1.45h to Lugano by train
Transport within Switzerland Discover Switzerland with its unique public transport network. No matter where and how long you stay, how often you travel by train, bus or boat or how many mountain trips you want to take – we have the right ticket for you. At ATWS22, all participants will receive a Swiss Travel Pass at special rates. We would like to motivate you to do something for the environment and to use public transport. With our transport network you can reach even the most remote mountain village.
Rental car In over 90 stations, up to 4’500 vehicles are ready to be rented: from small cars to family vans, from luxury limousines to utility vehicles and from convertibles to 4WD cars. Whatever your needs are, we have the perfect car for you – and you benefit from attractive prices. Learn More
Taxi Would you like to travel to the airport with more privacy and without having to transfer? Then travel by taxi or limousine. More information
Transfer within Lugano The Ticino Ticket will be given to you upon your check in and you will be able to travel in all the SBB train network within Ticino as well as the urban busses and the Postal busses in the whole Canton. Discounts are also given on funiculars, cableways and touristic attractions. The ticket is valid until midnight of your check out day.
Various regulations apply for entering Switzerland. A basic distinction is made between citizens of the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries and those of other countries. TheState Secretariat for Migration (SEM) is the responsible authority in Switzerland.
Since Switzerland’s adherence to the Schengen and Dublin agreements came into force (12 December 2008), Swiss representations abroad are able to issue certain categories of visa, depending on the length of stay and purpose of the journey in Switzerland.
Several hotels of various categories and price ranges have been selected by Ticino Turismo and blocked for guests in order to guarantee accommodation to all congress participants. Lugano offers a wide variety of hotels, ranging to 1* to 5* and luxury accommodations, belonging to well-known brands or family-run. Some of the hotels are housed in historical buildings whereas others offer more modern lodgings. Being Lugano a rather small city, all hotels are walking distance from the Congress Centre or easily reachable by a short bus ride. Upon check-in, all guests will receive the Ticino Ticket, which will allow them to use public transport free of charge or at a discounted price, allowing them to easily navigate the city and discover its highlights.
In Switzerland we’ve always cared deeply for nature. Sustainability is in our DNA. Learn more about our strategy to preserve Switzerland as a sustainable travel destination – for generations to come. Learn More
Climate The climate is moderate with no excessive heat, cold or humidity. From July to August the daytime temperature range is 18 to 28 °C (65° – 82° F) and from January to February the range is -2 to 7 °C (28° – 45° F). In spring and autumn, the daytime temperature range is 8 to 15 °C (46° – 59° F).
Depending on the altitude the temperature range may vary. It is highly recommended to visitors to pack a sweater, good walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, a compact umbrella and/or a light rain coat.
Languages Switzerland has four unevenly distributed languages and a wealth of dialects.
German (63.5 %): the most widely spoken language in Switzerland: 19 of the country’s 26 cantons are predominantly (Swiss) German-speaking.
French (22.5 %): spoken in the western part of the country, the “Suisse Romande.”
Italian (8.1 %): spoken in Ticino and four southern valleys of Canton Graubünden.
Rhaeto-Rumantsch (0.5 %): spoken in the only trilingual canton, Graubünden. The other two languages spoken there are German and
Travelling within Switzerland is very easy as English is widely spoken.
Electricity The voltage in Switzerland, as in most of Europe, is 230V/50 Hz. Switzerland uses type C (2-pin) and Type J (3-pin) plugs. (Type C 2-pin plugs also fit J sockets.)
Currency Switzerland remains with the Swiss franc, usually indicated as CHF. While Switzerland is not part of the European Union and thus is not obliged to convert to the Euro, many prices are nonetheless indicated in euros so that visitors may compare prices. Merchants may accept euros but are not obliged to do so. Change given back to the client will most likely be in Swiss francs.
Credit Cards The safest and easiest form of money are traveler’s checks and credit cards. The cards most used are American Express, MasterCard and Visa.
Tipping Tipping is not mandatory in Switzerland however rounding the bill up if you got a good service will be appreciated but not expected.
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