Sometimes we just need to spoil ourselves and travel somewhere ON the beaten track. So for our milestone 100th conference, we have selected Switzerland in the springtime. Beautiful, luxurious, cultured–it’s a more “conventional” Unconventional Convention.
We love the outdoors and the spectacular scenery in which Switzerland abounds: soaring glacier-encrusted peaks, deep verdant valleys and glittering lakes. Make sure you bring a wide-angle lens or use your phone’s panoramic setting to capture the best of this wild and immensely photogenic country.
For the main conference we will be based in Bern, and have selected a grand historic hotel, the Bellevue Palace, as a really special treat for our centenary celebrations. An ancient city of contrasts, Bern fuses centuries-old architecture with edgy art, pulsing bars and modern restaurants. We’ll meander through medieval villages that evoke by-gone times and enjoy quintessential Swiss experiences like cheese and chocolate making. But we’ll also have a few surprises along the way, as you would expect from Unconventional Conventions.
To complement our time in Bern, we’ve chosen Lake Geneva as the focus of the pre-conference tour. We have a soft spot for this absurdly beautiful place, and it’s a wonderful springboard to so many sights – the chic city of Geneva, the bucolic Jura Valley, historic vineyards (wine sampling is compulsory!), a medieval castle and, at the other end of the spectrum, the Hadron Collider.
We believe a trip to Switzerland must involve trains, mountains and a teensy bit of hiking, and you will find all this and more on our post-conference tour. Be awed by mountain vistas from your first-class seat on the famous Glacier Express, hike at your own pace along alpine trails at the Matterhorn and St Moritz (or just hangout the villages) and finish your Swiss adventure sampling olives on the shores of beautiful Lake Lugano.
We are very excited to invite you to join us for this special 100th Unconventional Convention. There won’t be another quite like it.