The Winter School will be held in Villars-sur-Ollon at the 4-star Eurotel Victoria, in the heart of the Vaud Alps. Villars is a Swiss resort famous all over the world for its wonderful landscapes. The resort offers numerous sporting and cultural activities for visitors of all ages. The perfect location of Villars – close to Lake Geneva – results in a breathtaking panorama extending from the lake to Mont-Blanc.

This year, Villars will also be hosting the Lausanne Youth Olympic Games between the 9th and the 22nd of January 2020. Since there will be many visitors for this large international event, local accommodation can be in high demand. We recommend that all participants book their accommodations as soon as possible to ensure availability. For more information about the Youth Olympic Games in Villars, please visit here.


The Eurotel Victoria, the workshop venue, is glad to welcome the workshop participants in its 4 star hotel proposing the following special prices:

  • 130.50 CHF single room;
  • 148.50 CHF for a single person in a double room, valley view;
  • 112.50 CHF per person in double room with twin beds, north facing.

All the prices refer to a single night and include:

  • A large breakfast buffet;
  • The use of the swimming pool, the sauna and the fitness room;
  • Access to the WIFI network;
  • Taxes, services and VAT.

To benefit of the special prices please contact the hotel at the following e-mail address: and announce yourself as a participant to the GETE Winter School.

Rooms will be available for booking exclusively for the Winter School participants until the 30th of November. If you wish to stay at this venue, please do so before this date. Beyond this date, we do not guarantee availability.

For more information about The Eurotel Victoria:
Eurotel Victoria Villars
Route des Layeux
CH 1884 Villars-sur-Ollon

Other hotels are located close to the Winter School Venue (Link)


Villars itself is situated 30 km from Montreux (Lake Geneva, Chillon Castle) and 60 km from Lausanne (olympic capital).

Villars can be accessed from main Swiss international airports:
120 km from Geneva Cointrin Airport (GVA): 1 h 20 min
240 km from Zurich Kloten Airport (ZRH): 2 h 30 min
290 km from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP): 3 h 20 min

Access by train is nearly direct:
Geneva-Villars-sur-Ollon: via Aigle : 2h, via Bex : 2h20
Lausanne-Villars-sur-Ollon: via Aigle : 1h10, via Bex : 1h30
Paris-Lausanne (TGV) : 3h40, in winter Paris-Aigle direct (TGV des Neiges)

for train tickets visit the SBB website.

More information can be found on the Villars official web-site. Some general information about the location can be found below:

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The workshop will be held in Villars-sur-Ollon, in the heart of the Vaud Alps. Villars is a Swiss resort famous all over the world for its wonderful landscapes and great variety of relaxation activities for visitors.


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Villars is located in the canton of Vaud, in the valley surrounded by picturesque Alpine peaks. The altitude of the resort is 1,300 meters above sea level. The resort offers numerous sporting and cultural activities for visitors of all ages. The perfect location of Villars – close to Lake Geneva – results in a breathtaking panorama extending from the lake to Mont-Blanc.

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Despite its worldwide popularity and large number of tourists, due to the local authorities’ policies Villars has maintained its identity, atmosphere and architecture. Old ancestral chalets sit alongside recent constructions in wood, all of which preserves a harmony that blends perfectly into the natural setting. Many protected zones in the vicinity of Villars help nature to stay in its original untouched conditions.  Guests therefore find a typical mountain atmosphere with superb views, which implies physical and spiritual relaxation.

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Supporting organization


Prof. Lyesse Laloui, EPFL
Prof. Alessio Ferrari, EPFL

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