Brazil 2016 Venha Swissar com a gente!
August 1st to September 18th, 2016
In 2016 the House of Switzerland is returning to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate sport! Following the great success of the popular Baixo Suiça meeting place during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the Switzerland's hospitality zone has reinvented itself for this year's Olympics. The House of Switzerland is in a prominent location on the edge of the Lagoa, a popular lagoon in the centre of Rio 15 minutes' walk from Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. The House of Switzerland will open on 1 August, a week ahead of the start of the Summer Olympic Games, and will for the first time also be open during the Paralympics.
As one of the few national hospitality houses open to the public, the House of Switzerland is a meeting place for guests from near and far, for Swiss and international athletes, their fans, media representatives and VIPs in politics, business, culture and sport.
It will provide a pleasant and surprising encounter with a multifaceted Switzerland. The varied programme of activities for young and old will mainly take place outdoors. Alongside Swiss specialities in the Swiss Food Court, visitors are welcome to picnic on one of the venue's lawns, watch the Games live on a giant screen, celebrate medals with Swiss athletes and relax in a hammock. Visitors can exercise on the 200 square metre ice rink and the sprint track with timing system, or discover Switzerland's tourist attractions on one of the roofs that is equipped with a snow globe, a gondola and mountain railway. The Switzerland synonymous with education, research and innovation will also have a platform in cooperation with Swissnex, including an urban farming project. And of course there will be Swiss chocolate in the form of a chocolate-making workshop.
A creative display concept will create a Swiss atmosphere, playfully combining modern Swiss design with traditional Swiss elements.
With its location in the city centre, surrounded by hills and near to the Lagoa, the House of Switzerland is a little bit of Switzerland and Brazil at the same time, the meeting of two national characters and two natural environments.
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