Ten ideas for your winter event

WINTER HIGHLIGHTS Planning is on the horizon for the annual end-of-year company party. A simple get-together or a fancy end-of-year dinner? MK has compiled a list of ten suggestions for a corporate event. AlpenRock House Primarily known as a disco, the AlpenRock House in Dietikon is also suitable as a location for corporate events. Since its new conversion in September 2013 [...]

AlpenRock House

Mainly known as a disco, the AlpenRock House in Dietikon is also suitable as a location for corporate events. Since the new conversion in September 2013, the AlpenRock House includes, in addition to the event room with chalet village, a smoking area (The Club), several bars and a restaurant area separate from the event room. Standing aperitif followed by a karaoke show, disco or a costume party - these are some examples that the AlpenRock House suggests for a winter evening.The location can accommodate 900 people, depending on the seating. In terms of price, the AlpenRock House ranges for an event from 80 to 180 francs per person.www.alpenrock.ch


For movie lovers, there is only one place for a corporate event: the cinema, and that alone. This is possible with the cinema chain Pathé Suisse SA, which rents out its movie theaters. In the five largest cities in Switzerland, such as Zurich, Bern or Geneva (see picture), this means nine cinemas and over 68 screens. Be it for a seminar, a presentation or a townhall meeting. This kind of event is especially recommended in the context of a movie screening. The halls offer space for 32 to 550 people. Catering for a subsequent dinner can be rented, and the cinema also has an aperitif room for pre- or post-screening networking. The prices vary depending on the request.www.pathebusiness.ch

Tropical House Frutigen

The cold season is not for everyone. Therefore, some locations offer a warm ambience for the corporate event. For example the Tropical House Frutigen. Inside it is tropically warm, outside snowy. This contrast gives the name to a popular package at the Tropenhaus. "Fire and Ice" includes an aperitif on the terrace and Christmas dinner in the greenhouse. You can also learn how to marinate sturgeon. Because the tropical house offers social programs. For example, the meal can be combined with a guided tour that has a thematic focus, such as "Aquaculture", "Tropical Garden", "Water Cycle" or "Energy & Technology".The Tropical House is suitable for groups of up to 300 people. Prices vary according to menu and program preferences.www.tropenhaus-frutigen.ch

Grand Casino Lucerne

An evergreen in the city of Lucerne is the Grand Casino, which puts together packages especially for this time of year. Groups of 90 or more are offered an aperitif in a wintry ambience, a fine three-course meal, a game explanation of their choice (blackjack or roulette), a small homemade gift per participant, Christmas decorations and access to the gaming area. For smaller groups, the casino recommends the offer in the Olivo restaurant. This includes an aperitif, a three-course menu, checkroom, access to the gaming area and 25 francs starting credit for the casino. Both packages are available for 69 francs per person. The "royal" version for 99 francs includes a champagne aperitif with canapés and a five-course menu from a choice of "Terra" and "Mare".www.grandcasinoluzern.ch


At Aeschbach Chocolatier, sweet tooths will feel like they are in a land of milk and honey. Since March, there has been the Chocodromo, which is both a production building and a visitor center. There, visitors are shown the history and production of chocolate. But also different event possibilities are offered. For example, guests can decorate and make up a pre-cast ChocoForm themselves. After the event, the guests go to one of the adjacent event rooms, where a dinner is served by a partner caterer. The rooms can accommodate up to 150 people. Prices vary depending on the event and the room.www.aeschbach-chocolatier.ch

Zurich Zoo

The zoo in Zurich offers another event experience. Because the offer is both diverse and numerous. For example, rooms can be rented. These include the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park and the Masoala Rainforest. Outposts can also be rented, such as the lion area. There is also room for 300 people. Guests can choose between an aperitif, flying dinner or banquet. The zoo also manages three restaurants. The Pantanal in gaucho style à la Paraguay, the Alte Klösterli with a view of the jeladas and Masoala in the tropical idyll of the rainforest.In addition to the dinner among animals, guided tours are also offered. Whether a general zoo tour, an evening tour or with a focus such as "Evolution - in Darwin's footsteps". Guided tours for 20 people or more for one hour are available from 640 francs. The menu can be put together individually, so prices vary here.www.zoo.ch

Igloo Village

If you like winter, you can't miss the igloo village. Since 1996, snow palaces consisting of hotel, restaurant, bar and event igloos have been built every winter in Gstaad, Engelberg, Davos and Zermatt. Besides toilets, the igloo villages are even equipped with a sauna or whirlpools. The village is open from Christmas to Easter. The event offer includes, for example, snowshoeing, hiking and a guided tour. The entire village can also be rented for hours, the whole day or the whole night. Seminars and workshops are also possible. Popular as a feast are the fondue or BBQ.Igloo Village provides snow houses for up to 120 people. Prices vary depending on the offer.www.iglu-dorf.com


Every winter the following three event tips with selected program are gladly seen:The Arosa Humor Festival takes place in December and invites to a tent full of artists and performers. It is the largest comedy and cabaret festival in Switzerland.www.humorfestival.chFor later Christmas dinner is suitable Art on Ice, which takes place in February in Zurich, Lausanne and Davos. The best figure skaters in the world offer a show.www.artonice.comFor smaller groups, VBZ is a popular place to go. It offers party streetcars for up to 28 guests. These include the fondue streetcar, the sushi streetcar and the aperitif streetcar. The ride lasts two hours. For 28 people, the streetcar costs 2500 francs.www.vbz.ch Author: Melanie Granados

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