YOUR STAY IN CAUX: PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Looking out over Lake Geneva from an altitude of 1050 meters above sea level, the Caux conference centre can accommodate up to 400 people. In 1946, the former Caux-Palace Hotel became an international meeting place, thanks to the generous contributions in time, talent and money of countless volunteers and supporters.
The Caux Palace is owned and managed by the CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation (CAUX-IofC), the Swiss body of Initiatives of Change, who organizes the Caux Forum every year. More information about CAUX-IofC.
We highly recommend you travel to Caux with public transportation as the parking spaces are limited. Caux’s train station is situated just right next to the Caux Palace. Caux can be reached within one and a half hour by car or train from Geneva, and two hours from Bern. Trains run every hour from Geneva Airport as well as from Bern. For exact travelling times and connections, consult www.rail.ch . Click here for a detailed map of the area.
Caux Palace – Conference Centre
Rue du Panorama 2
Tel.: +41 (0)21 962 91 11
Fax: + 41 (0)21 962 93 55
During your stay in Caux you don’t require any money except for additional purchases such as snacks and souvenirs. Please be aware that there is no ATM in Caux. You will find ATMs in Montreux.
Young people are vital stakeholders for the future of Caux. A supervised kindergarten is available during the conference hours; this service is free of charge. For parents with babies, a special kitchen is available 24/7 to store and prepare their own food. For families and groups with children we offer a special discount in order to support their participation.
During the summer, various events, meetings, programmes and trainings may take place at the same time as the Forum. This circumstance allows us to run the house efficiently and at the same time offers the opportunity to have the biggest possible diversity of people interacting in Caux.
A special characteristic of the Caux Forum is the communal life. Participants are invited to join small groups of between 12 and 20 people which are both interactive discussion groups and teams which participate in the practical service tasks of the house, enabling everyone to learn from each other.
Most bedrooms provide a bath or shower as well as two single beds, therefore participants may be asked to share rooms. Single rooms, family rooms and four rooms with wheelchair access are available as well. Please indicate on your application form if you particularly require a single room or have any special needs.
All of our rooms provide a telephone and free WiFi internet access. Please note that there is no hairdryer, no minibar, no tv/radio in your room.
A public laundry room offers all facility to wash, dry and iron your clothes.
In Caux, it can be quite chilly; you may want to bring some warm clothes also during the summer. But also some solid shoes for a hike and closed shoes for the service shift may be of use. There is no formal dress code, but please bring respectful clothing in respect to our multicultural participants.
The Caux Conference Centre is a non-smoking and alcohol free zone in order to provide a safe space for adults and children and participants of all cultures. There are designated smoking areas outside of our buildings.
Caux's beautiful situation high above the Lake of Geneva offers an ideal environment for reflection. The conference schedule allows time for individual reflection, cultural activities or outdoor exercise. During the lovely summertime you will enjoy playing tennis, football, table tennis or hiking and sightseeing.
All participants receive the “Riviera Card” which allows free travel to Montreux and Vevey, reduced train fees up to the Rocher-de-Naye Mountain as well as numerous discounts for various Museums and other activities.
The schedule may include opportunities to exhibit your artistic talents and pianos are available in the facility.
Please make sure to have an adequate health insurance for your journey to Caux since the Swiss medical system is expensive.
All discussions and lectures of the conferences will be translated simultaneously (English, German, French). Simultaneous translations into other languages will be provided according to the needs of the audience.
We are looking forward to offering you well-balanced meals, mostly inspired by European cooking traditions. We favor seasonal products of respectful production. Our breakfast and meals are served as a self-service buffet, open on defined hours. Traditionally the Caux Conference Center is alcohol free during the Summer Forum. With your meals, fresh mountain water and a cup of coffee or tea will be offered to you. In addition to this, an on-site “coffee shop” is selling hot and cold beverages as well as a choice of little snacks.
Please note as for evident food-safety and health reasons, there is no storage and no fridges for personal food available. Furthermore, we ask you not to keep in your bedrooms food that can get quickly deteriorated without appropriate storage.
Our meals are either vegetarian or offer a vegetarian option. The catering company does its best to accommodate most standard dietary requests for medical and health reasons. We can fulfill requests for gluten-free, lactose-free, garlic- and onion-free, as well as low salt diets. Low fat and vegan meals are not provided, but you will be able to make your choice out of our buffets. In order to welcome people with different religious backgrounds we provide pork-free meals. Should you request halal meat, let us know too.
Please make sure to inform us about all of your dietary requests in advance, while completing your application form. We cannot guarantee to arrange for late or on-site requests.