Tour de Suisse
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Detailed Programmes

Read the full detailed programme for each of the excursions here. Please note that extra registration is mandatory to take part in one of the excursions.


Where it all started! Visit to the first Swiss capital and its current practices including research.

9:00 Departure of the delegation in Lucerne 

Train IR 15 with a change in Zofingen 9:31-9:40 (S298937)


9:57 Arrival in Aarau

Walk to the Grand Council building


10:15-11:45 Briefing

 Direct democracy in the canton of Aargau and the city of Aarau (EN)


11:45-12:45 Democracy city walk 

With historical and contemporary references (German/English)


12:45-13:45 Lunch snack

Followed by a walk to the ZDA


13:45-15:15 Visit to the ZdA Centre for Democracy

 In-depth discussions on local/cantonal as well as other topics of the Global Forum


Return journey to Lucerne from 16:00 (individual)



The federal centre of modern direct democracy in Switzerland and its new information centre.

09:00-10:00 Departure from Lucerne


10:15-12:00 Federal Palace 

Guided tour with MP Matthias Aebischer 


12:00-13:00 Lunch

Location: House of the Cantons


13:00–15:30 Federalism and direct democracy in Switzerland: two faces of the same coin

Location: House of the Cantons / Language: English (optionally German and French as well) / coffee break included with the Fondation ch and the Institute of Federalism


15:30-16:30 Guided tour Democracy Mile

With the Polit-Forum Bern - in two groups.


16:30-19:00 Democracy Tower Polit-Forum Bern

Visit of the exhibition followed by an apero in the podium hall.


18:00 -18:45 Concert 

By the parliamentary band Fraktionzwang


18:45 Return journey


Assessing 175 years of direct democracy practice and ways to strengthen democracy in the future.

10.15  Welcome to the Lucerne City Tour 

Introduction by Adrian Schmid, President Swiss Democracy Foundation   

Meeting point is the historic gate just in front of the Lucerne main station (Language: English)


 10.30 - 11.30 Direct democracy and basic income in the ecological future

Location: OMNIBUS for direct democracy:  / Bahnhofstrasse 5 Lucerne / Language English

Which role can direct democracy play in building an ecological society? In particular, how can we guide the flow of money through voting in such a way that it is ecologically consistent? The direct-democratic introduction of an unconditional basic income could be an example. It would result in nobody having to do work that is superfluous or even harmful. Everyone could develop their skills in a meaningful way and use them to shape society. How can the basic income be financed?


11.45 – 12.15    Sandwich break at the Infopoint Europe Dome / Omnibus

                        Bahnhofstrasse 5 Lucerne


12.30 - 15.45 Direct Democracy in Switzerland: New Findings from Voting Research

Location: University Lucerne Room 4.B55 / Language English / including Coffeebreak 14-14.30

In this panel, political scientists present their recent findings on the functioning of direct democracy in Switzerland and discuss them with the public. 

The six presentations are based on scientific analyses, but are presented in a way that is comprehensible to a general, international audience.

Lead:  Prof. Dr. Marc Bühlmann has been Director of Année Politique Suisse since 2011 and Dr. Hans-Peter Schaub is project manager of the Swissvotes data platform.


18.00 - 19.30      Workshop on the cantonal initiative „Stimmrechtsalter 16 - Voting Age 16“

Location: Laboratorium/Language (German) 

Where does Switzerland, and in particular the canton of Lucerne, stand with regard to the voting age of 16? Does the recently launched popular initiative for voting age 16 in the canton of Lucerne have any chance at all after the vote in the canton of Zurich? And is a similar process emerging as with the introduction of women's voting rights? In an exchange with experts and politicians, the Swiss Democracy Foundation, the umbrella organization of youth parliaments DSJ and the Youth Parliament of Lucerne get to the bottom of the arguments for or against voting age 16.

Closing with an Apéro at the  Laboratorium



A continuation of the sessions in "Track 4: Beyond Borders - Building a Transnational Democracy". Participants on this excursion will receive a look beyond national democracy from a innovative city in Eastern Switzerland.

9:09 Train from Lucerne to Uster​

10:20 Arrival in Uster​

10:30 -11:30 : Welcome to Uster 

Coffee and welcome address, hosted by the mayor of the city, Barbara Thalmann​.
Introduction to the democratic challenges and tools of Uster​.

11:30-13:30: Workshop on (digital) Identity for Global Voters. 

The requirements for a digital “Global Voter Identity” will be discussed and agreed upon​

13:30-15:30: Guided Tour of democracy landmarks in the city

 Including a visit of the castle of Uster and a Lebanese lunch, offered by the city of Uster​

15:30-17:30: Interactive workshop: “Today’s deliberation and voting platforms”​

18:00 Individual return to Lucerne 

Zurich is on the way back, only 12 minutes from Uster by train​

or ​optional short hike with possibility for a nice barbecue in the region of Lake Greifensee

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Travel expenses from Lucerne to Uster have to be paid by the participants. ​
- The Global Forum consortium will cover travel expenses for 20 foreign participants, please apply with the organisers​
- There is plenty of parking possibilities in Uster for people coming by car​


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