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 Joint ITU-T SG 17, ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27/WG 5 and FIDIS Workshop on Identity Management Standards
 Lucerne, Switzerland, 30 September 2007 Contact: 

Practical Information

Workshop venue:

Lucerne School of Business
HSW Luzern
Zentralstrasse 9
P.O. Box 3140
CH-6002 Lucerne

The venue for the meeting is located in the town centre in the building of the main railway station of Lucerne. The venue can be reached within a few minutes by foot from all the recommended hotels. The entrance to the venue is located at the Zentralstrasse, which runs parallel to the railtrack.

Hotel Information
NB: The hotel information listed below is confirmed for the accommodation from 29th to 30th of September 2007. For reservations before or after the date indicated above please contact the relevant hotel directly.

HOTEL CONTINENTAL-PARK (appr. 50 rooms available)
Murbacherstrasse 4
CH-6002 Luzern
Tel: +41 (0)41 228 9050
Fax: +41 (0)41 228 9059
(1 min. walking distance to the meeting venue)
Please note:
The Hotel Continental Park is offering to the workshop participants special rates and allotments.
Please enter the following information when registering via the hotel's web site at:
User Login: DINID596
Password: DINID596

Hotel Drei Koenige (appr. 40 rooms available until 15th of August, for reservations after this date please contact the hotel directly)
Bruchstrasse 35
CH-6003 Luzern
Telefon: +41 (0)412 480 480
Fax: +41 (0)412 480 490
(15 min. walking distance to the meeting venue)
(Bus No. 10 to Stop Kloster-gasse (5 Min.) or Bus No. 2 to Stop Hirzenhof (4 Min.))

Hotel Waldstätterhof (appr. 6 rooms available)
Zentralstrasse 4
CH-6003 Luzern
Telefon: +41 (0)41 227 12 71
Fax: +41 (0)41 227 12 72
(1 min. walking distance to the meeting venue)

Hotel Astoria (appr.10 rooms available)
Pilatusstrasse 29, CH 6002 Luzern
Telefone: +41 41 226 88 88
Fax: +41 41 210 42 62
(5 min. walking distance to the meeting venue)
Access and Transportation
Lucerne is easily accessible from Geneva, Zurich International Airport and Basel EuroAirport by train, which is convenient and safe at every time of the day. The train timetable is available online via: We recommend you take the train.

A taxi from Zurich International Airport or Basel EuroAirport would take you the same time and would cost CHF 250 and more. Whereas Zurich International Airport offers many direct flight possibilities to locations all over the world and may therefore be first choice for international delegates, the EuroAirport Basel also serves many budget flights mainly to destinations within Europe and may therefore provide an interesting alternative.

Arriving at Zurich International Airport:

Follow the train signs within the airport, they lead you to the train station located directly inside the airport building. There are direct trains from Zurich Airport to Lucerne every hour (usually leaving 13 minutes before the hour). The journey takes about 1 hour, and the fare is CHF 26 (single ticket, 2nd class).

Arriving at Basel EuroAirport:

There is no railway station directly at the airport, but there is a frequent bus connection to the Basel SBB train station. Direct Trains from Basel SBB train station to Lucerne run every hour (usually leaving 4 minutes past the hour). The journey takes 1 hour 10 minutes and the fare is CHF 30 (single ticket, 2nd class). Tickets must be purchased at Basel SBB train station.

Arriving at Geneva International Airport (Cointrin)

Follow the train signs within the airport; they lead you to the train station located directly inside the airport building. Direct trains from Geneva Airport or Central train station to Lucerne are available. the journey takes between 3 to 3.5 hours and the fare is CHF 67 (one way, 2nd class).
Location and climate
Lucerne is a medium size Swiss city (population 58’000) situated at the end of Lake Lucerne at 436 meters above sea level and nestled between gently rolling hillsides. The relatively low to medium average temperature of 10°C (50°F) should not discourage you. Warm and cold temperatures are fairly well balanced with the changing seasons. At the beginning of October, there may be still pleasant weather with daytime temperatures of around 20°C, but be also prepared for daytime temperatures of around 10°C.
The currency used in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF), 1 CHF equals approximately 0.60 Euro or 0.82 US-$.
Credit Cards
American Express, Diners Club, Master Card, VISA and some other cards are widely accepted at hotels, restaurant and shops.
A service charge is included in hotels, restaurants and bars. It is also included in taxi fares. However, it’s customary to round up amounts or add 5% if you’re happy with the service.
Business hours
Shops are generally open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 12am and from 2pm to 6:30pm. Department stores are usually open non-stop from 9am to 6:30pm, with the exception of Thursday evening, when most shops stay open until 9pm, and Saturday afternoon, when shops generally close at 4pm.
The current used throughout Switzerland is 230 Volts (AC), 50 cycles. The plug is similar to the European plug, except that it has a different grounding pin. Two pin European plugs (without grounding) work without adapters.
Time Zone is CET - Central European Time, which is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+1 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is observed from the last Sunday of March to the last Sunday of October.
Tourist Information
Lucerne is one of the most attractive towns in Switzerland for Tourists and offers a wide variety of sightseeing places; it is a good starting point of many excursions to interesting places. A good overview of these possibilities can be found on the web page:

There is a tourist office in the same block as the meeting place which will help you in finding and organizing a sightseeing tour or excursion that will make your stay in Lucerne also a great experience as a tourist.


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