When it comes to hosting conferences, Europe has an enormous diversity of venues to choose from. It is also home to some of the world’s most historic and impressive conference spaces. From the ultra-modern and high-tech to buildings dating back to ancient times, event planners have countless excellent options. And yet, despite the variety, a few conference centers stand out from the crowd.
These are the seven best places to host a conference in Europe.
This luxury hotel and conference center in Germany is one of the most picturesque and elegant venues on the continent. Nestled on the banks of the Rhine, the Swissotel Dusseldorf / Neuss is close to the central business district and the entertainment of Old Town. With 296 stunningly designed rooms, it can easily play host to large events, and is conveniently located just a short drive from the Dusseldorf International Airport.
Le Majestic Conference Center
This French venue in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc was converted from a palatial palace to a conference center in 1980. Just an hour from the Geneva airport, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc provides a gorgeous mountain setting. And despite Le Majestic’s storied past, a 2010 renovation outfitted the facilities with state-of-the-art Internet, projection, sound, and lighting systems.
Zappeion Conference and Exhibition Centre
In Athens, just a short walk from the Acropolis, the Zappeion boasts 200,000sq. meters of spacious gardens, fountains, and neoclassical sculptures. The venue can accommodate up to 550 guests.
What better place to host Europe’s best conference than Europe’s biggest conference space. The auditorium at Earls Court has a capacity of 200,000, and occupies some 61,000 sq. meters of downtown London.
Dublin Castle was specially renovated in recent years to host Ireland’s Presidencies of the EU. The city itself is a business capital of rising importance with a rich heritage. But the castle is even older than the city itself, and contains 13th century stonework and even a Viking-built rampart. Consisting of 7 halls, the venue can comfortably host 520 people.
Kliczkow Castle in Poland was built in 1297, and is surrounded by a scenic pond and park. But this ancient building is far from out-dated. They have wifi throughout the facility and professional quality sound and projection capabilities. The space can hold up to 600 conference guests.
Flanders Congress and Concert Centre
Originally the home of the 19th century Royal Zoological Society, this conference space is housed on the grounds of the Antwerp Zoo and dates back to 1843. It can host as many as 1200 and consists of 9 meeting rooms.
A great location is not the only requirement of a great conference, but it certainly has a strong influence on the tone and enthusiasm of the event. While some meeting spaces can seem dull and mundane, these locations are sure to inspire and delight.
Roger Polechard is an event organiser, with over 7 years experience of planning conferences and expo’s. When not busy putting events together, enjoys spending time in his remote French villa making reasonably decent wine.