Practical Information

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Caux Conference and Seminar Centre
Rue de Panorama 2
CH-1824 Caux
Tel.: +41 (0)21 962 91 11
Fax: +41 (0)21 962 93 55
CAUX forum

cauxLooking out over Lake Geneva from an altitude of 1050 meters above sea level, the Caux Conference and Seminar Centre can accommodate up to 450 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 Initiatives of Change Switzerland, formerly known as CAUX-Initiatives of Change, who organizes the Caux Forum every year. 

More information about IofC Switzerland.

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 .

Click here for a detailed map of the area.

Please be aware that there is no ATM in Caux and we are not able to exchange foreign currency. You will find ATMs and currency exchange facilities in Montreux.

The village of Caux does not have any shops nearby. A selection of souvenirs, toiletries, snacks and drinks are sold in the Caux Palace.

Young people are vital stakeholders for the future of Caux. A playground with supervised activities is available, free of charge, during the main conference sessions.

If your child is younger than 18 months old, please contact us to make sure that we can offer the required care.

For parents with babies, a special kitchen is available 24/7 to store and prepare food. 

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.

It can be quite chilly in Caux so you may want to bring some warm clothes even during the summer. Sturdy shoes for a hike and closed shoes for the community service may also be of use. There is no formal dress code, but please bring clothing that respects the multicultural nature of our participants.

public laundry room offers all the necessary facilities to wash, dry and iron your clothes. 

The Caux Conference Centre is a non-smoking and alcohol-free zone in order to provide a safe space for adults and children of all cultures. There are designated smoking areas outside the buildings. Smoking on the balconies is forbidden for fire security reasons.

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 or outdoor activities. During the lovely summertime you will enjoy playing tennis, football, table tennis or hiking and sightseeing.

Forum 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.

Interpretation into English, German and French will be offered at most events and conferences. Simultaneous interpretation into other languages may 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 and vegan 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 and lactose-free diets. Low fat 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 formWe cannot guarantee to arrange for late or on-site requests.

The Caux Forum welcomes journalists, bloggers, organizations, institutions and individuals who want to cover Caux Forum events. Depending on your role and who you represent, different requirements, terms and conditions will apply.  For any request to cover the Caux Forum, including interviews with participants or speakers, please send us an email.

For more information and to fill in the form for media coverage requests please click here.

Help us reduce our carbon footprint!

In recent years, Initiatives of Change (IofC) Switzerland has taken various measures to reduce its carbon footprint and to promote sustainable living.

  • Wood-fired heating was installed in the Caux Palace in 2016. This has reduced both our direct CO2 emissions and those associated with transporting fuel.
  • Caux Forum pens, notebooks, water bottles, bags and other official merchandise are made from sustainable materials.
  • Since 2016, all IofC Switzerland’s promotional materials have been printed on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified or recycled paper. This ensures that the paper is produced from responsibly managed sources.
  • We are offsetting the carbon footprint of the Caux Forum by partnering with Worldview Impact and planting 2000 trees in India. If you also wish to neutralize the carbon emissions for your travel, ask the Cash Desk for more information.


You can help in the following ways:

  • Switch off the lights when you leave your room.
  • Unplug your battery charger as soon as your device is recharged. Don’t leave the charger plugged in overnight.
  • Save water by turning off the tap while brushing your teeth or washing your hands.
  • Avoid unnecessary washing of towels and sheets, by following the housekeeping recommendations.
  • Use the stairs instead of the elevator: this saves electricity and helps to keep you fit.
  • When the heating is on, don’t leave the window open for more than ten minutes.
  • Reduce food waste by only taking as much food from the buffet as you will eat. If you are going out for a meal, please sign out in advance.
  • Reduce plastic waste by refilling your water bottle from the tap. Tap water in the house is drinkable and comes from our own mountain springs.