Switzerland

Electricity

Swiss outlets supply the European standard voltage of 220-240V AC – 50Hz. Swiss plugs and wall sockets are shaped rather unusually (see below). The non-grounded European plug with two pins will often fit in a Swiss wall socket. But not all the time as the European prongs are slightly bigger! In most cases you do need an adapter to connect your equipment.

Currency

Please note that 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.

VAT and service

VAT (7.7%) and service are included in all prices.

Shop opening hours

Monday-Friday : 08:00-08:45 to 18:30-19:00

Saturday : 08:00-08:45 to 18:00

Weather conditions

In September the daytime temperature in Lausanne is about +20ºC. Normally the weather is sunny, but it can also be rainy (so take an umbrella).

Leisure and culture

The discovery of Lausanne extends to infinity: visiting museums, walking in parks, gardens or the beautiful quais, excursions on the lake or in the vineyards, sports and cultural activities, wellness and relaxation, shopping and nightlife.

You will find a lot of information on the website of the tourist office: https://www.lausanne-tourisme.ch/en


Note: the organizers want to thank Dr Luc BESSON and Stéfane COMMENT (Fire and Explosion Investigation WG) for sharing the documentation linked to transportation, access, and life in Switzerland.