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CERN

Visit a pioneering research facility to see the huge apparatus that is helping scientists look back to the dawn of time.

Discover how the scientists of CERN, the European Council for Nuclear Research are trying to unlock some of the mysteries of the Universe. Tour the vast research center and see the most powerful particle accelerator on the planet.

Start your exploration near the reception area at the Microcosm exhibition. Here you will learn about the complex machines physicists use to recreate the effects of the Big Bang.

Wander through the Globe of Science and Innovation, a massive dome-shaped building that is illuminated at night. Find the interactive University of Particles exhibition for a stimulating introduction to the basics of particle physics. See the replica of CERN’s first particle accelerator, a device that propels beams of atoms at close to the speed of light. Look at the satellite map of CERN’s facilities, where you can watch the path taken by particles as they collide into each other.

Watch multimedia exhibits and take part in hands-on experiments to explore the secrets of matter. The globe building also hosts temporary exhibitions, lectures and other events aimed at fostering the connection between science, industry and society. Visit CERN’s website to find out if any special events are taking place during your visit.

Go underground to see the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s biggest particle accelerator. The LHC is housed in a 17-mile (27-kilometer) long tunnel and simulates conditions that occurred immediately after the Big Bang.

CERN is situated approximately 5 miles (8 kilometers) from Geneva and straddles the Swiss/French border. Arrive by taxi, tram, bus or train from Geneva railway station. If you are driving, you will find free parking facilities onsite.

CERN is open to the public every day except Sundays and the exhibitions and tours are free. To ensure that you see all the research complex has to offer, book your guided tour at least one month before your intended visit. You can do so via CERN’s website.


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Nash Airport Hotel

Nash Airport Hotel

Chemin de la Violette 11, Meyrin
3.8
of 5, from 1,212 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Cointrin, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Palexpo, Ariana Ceramics and Glass Museum, and United Nations European Headquarters. Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$121
NH Geneva Airport

NH Geneva Airport

Avenue De Mategnin 21, Meyrin
4.0
of 5, from 857 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Alpine Garden and within 3 mi (5 km) of Palexpo and Ariana Ceramics and Glass Museum. Forum Meyrin Theatre and Meyrin Commercial Centre are also within 10 minutes.

$140
Movenpick Hotel & Casino Geneva

Movenpick Hotel & Casino Geneva

20, route de Pré-Bois, Meyrin
4.3
of 5, from 680 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This hotel is in Cointrin, 1 kilometer from Geneva International Airport and within 3 kilometers of Geneva Palexpo and the Ariana Museum.

$93
ibis budget Genève Palexpo Aéroport

ibis budget Genève Palexpo Aéroport

Route Francois-Peyrot 28, Le Grand-Saconnex
4.4
of 5, from 5 reviews
1.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Le Grand-Saconnex, this hotel is close to Palexpo, Ariana Ceramics and Glass Museum, and United Nations European Headquarters. Also nearby are Chateau de Penthes and Balexert.

$80
ibis Saint Genis Pouilly Genève

ibis Saint Genis Pouilly Genève

95 Rue Louis Et Auguste Lumière, Saint-Genis-Pouilly
4.2
of 5, from 190 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Serves Golf Club and within 3 mi (5 km) of CERN and Microcosm. Golf Club de Domaine de Gonville and Vivarium de Meyrin are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$96
Holiday Inn Express Geneva Airport

Holiday Inn Express Geneva Airport

Route De Pre-Bois 16, Meyrin
3.9
of 5, from 1,252 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Cointrin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vivarium de Meyrin and Palexpo. Ariana Ceramics and Glass Museum and United Nations European Headquarters are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$99
Residhome Le Carre d'Or Prevessin

Residhome Le Carre d'Or Prevessin

131 Impasse du Mandement, Prevessin-Moens
3.9
of 5, from 214 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Prevessin-Moens, this residence is within 3 mi (5 km) of Chateau de Voltaire, Serves Golf Club, and CERN. Ferney-Voltaire Market and Microcosm are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$114
Novotel Geneve Aeroport

Novotel Geneve Aeroport

Chemin des Trois Noyers, Ferney-Voltaire
3.8
of 5, from 676 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chateau de Voltaire and Ferney-Voltaire Market. Meyrin Commercial Centre and Forum Meyrin Theatre are also within 2 mi (3 km).