House of Switzerland
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: Located on picturesque Granville Island in Vancouver, Bridges Restaurant will play home to the House of Switzerland during the Games. Plans are to dress up the restaurant and their menu in a Swiss theme. We’re told to expect a lot of Swiss athletes there on a nightly basis. If a Swiss athlete wins a medal, they will be taken from BC Place and brought to the House by water taxi. The athletes then plan to hold a media event outside the House of Switzerland as well as meet with fans.
House organizers tell us they will have on-hand some of the best Swiss chocolates and cheese for the public to sample on select dates and times. The venue will be operating as a restaurant with Swiss hospitality and touches and is open to the public on a first seated basis on the main floor and by reservation on the upper floor. It is officially open from Feb 5th - Feb 28th. The hours of operation starting on Feb 5th will be 8 am to 1 am each day – a full calendar of events is posted here (pdf). Note that public parking will be at a premium and is limited to the west side of the Island only. Metered parking is in effect and will cost around $6 for 2 hours. Consider taking transit there if you can (the Bombardier streetcar station is a pleasant five minute walk). Expect this to be one of the top hot spots in town! Click here for directions on how to get to this destination. **See our House of Switzerland Pavilion Profile.
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