Renovation of the Kongresshaus Zürich – The Show Must Go On! But Where?

In summer 2017, Zurich’s Kongresshaus will be closing its doors for three years. That is how long the extensive renovation work is planned to take. As a result, for the period up to August 2020, alternatives are being sought to stage the meetings, conventions, annual general meetings, galas and concerts that are normally held at the Kongresshaus.

In Zurich and surrounding region, there is a wide variety of venues with capacity for at least 400 persons. Here are just some of them:

Event organizers seeking a classic convention center should take a closer look at the lecture hall at the Kunsthaus Zürich, the World Trade Center Zürich, the freshly renovated Careum Auditorium in Zurich’s university quarter, the Technopark Zürich, the Schinzenhof Horgen or the Hallenstadion Zürich indoor stadium. The last of these houses a less well-known conference center, as well as a large arena for events catering for up to 13,000 persons. Situated just a 15-minute train ride from Zurich, the Kultur- und Kongresszentrum TRAFO in Baden also has numerous multifunctional event rooms. In addition, the modern meeting and convention center, gate27, is conveniently located in the center of Winterthur.

Diverse meeting hotels for every budget offer the possibility of organizing events and accommodation under one roof. For example, the Seedamm Plaza in Pfäffikon (Canton Schwyz), with its stunning views of Lake Zurich, or the Seminarhotel Spirgarten in Zürich-Altstetten. Naturally, establishments belonging to renowned chains are also represented in Zurich – such as the Crowne Plaza Zurich, Radisson Blu Hotel Zurich Airport, Zurich Marriott Hotel, Swissôtel Zürich or Mövenpick Hotel Zürich-Regensdorf. Those who are seeking an even more luxurious setting will find what they are looking for at the Kameha Grand Zurich or the time-honored The Dolder Grand, towering high above the city on the Zürichberg.

Besides convention centers and business hotels, the Zurich region is also home to event locations of all kinds and sizes. Clubs such as Komplex 457, X-Tra and the Casinotheater Winterthur can be rented for corporate events. Event halls including the Tolba Factory, Stage One, the Giessereihalle at Puls 5, the Maag Halle with its new Halle 622, the equally new Samsung Hall and the Umweltarena Spreitenbach can all comfortably accommodate larger events. In the summer months, the ZSG Werfthalle – the shipyard belonging to the Lake Zurich Navigation Company – also provides the perfect setting for events directly by the lake. Other venues with their own special character include the AURA, with its 360° screen for impressive projections. The Lake Side at the Zürichhorn, with its landing stage and breathtaking views of the lake, is another outstanding location, as are also the plant paradise, Giardino Verde, at the foot of the Uetliberg and the rustic Schützenhaus Albisgütli, offering views of the city of Zurich and the lake.