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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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Atrium Airport Hotel
Atrium Airport Hotel

Atrium Airport Hotel

Rue de la Bergère 3B, Meyrin
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Meyrin, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of CERN, Vivarium de Meyrin, and Alpine Garden. Microcosm is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) away. Meyrin Zimeysa Station is only a 2-minute walk and Meyrin Station is 28 minutes.

    NH Geneva Airport $127
    NH Geneva Airport

    NH Geneva Airport

    Avenue De Mategnin 21, Meyrin, GE
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Vivarium de Meyrin and within 3 mi (5 km) of CERN and Palexpo. Alpine Garden and Balexert are also within 2 mi (3 km). Jardin-Alpin-Vivarium Tram Stop is 5 minutes by foot and Forumeyrin Tram Stop is 8 minutes.

      initial by balladins Genève / St-Genis-Pouilly $45
      initial by balladins Genève / St-Genis-Pouilly

      initial by balladins Genève / St-Genis-Pouilly

      70 Rue A Piccard, Technoparc Gessien, Saint-Genis-Pouilly, AIN
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Saint-Genis-Pouilly, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of CERN, Microcosm, and Alpine Garden. Vivarium de Meyrin is 3 mi (4.9 km) away. Cern Tram Stop is 25 minutes by foot and Sergy Station is 27 minutes.

        Nash Airport Hotel $83
        Nash Airport Hotel

        Nash Airport Hotel

        Chemin de la Violette 11, Cointrin, Meyrin, GE
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Balexert and Palexpo. United Nations European Headquarters and Palace of Nations are also within 3 mi (5 km). Avanchet Tram Stop is 13 minutes by foot and Blandonnet Tram Stop is 14 minutes.

          Ibis Budget Saint Genis Pouilly Geneva $56
          Ibis Budget Saint Genis Pouilly Geneva

          Ibis Budget Saint Genis Pouilly Geneva

          40 Rue Henri De France, Technoparc Du Pays De Gex, Saint-Genis-Pouilly
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Saint-Genis-Pouilly, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from CERN and within 9 mi (15 km) of Palexpo and Reformation Wall Monument. Jet d'Eau Fountain and Place du Bourg-de-Four are also within 9 mi (15 km). Cern Tram Stop is 29 minutes by foot and Sergy Station is 30 minutes.

            ibis Saint Genis Pouilly Genève $68
            ibis Saint Genis Pouilly Genève

            ibis Saint Genis Pouilly Genève

            95 Rue Louis Et Auguste Lumière, Technoparc Du Pays De Gex, Saint-Genis-Pouilly, Ain
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from CERN and within 9 mi (15 km) of Palexpo and United Nations European Headquarters. Palace of Nations and Flower Clock are also within 9 mi (15 km). Cern Tram Stop is 28 minutes by foot and Sergy Station is 29 minutes.

              Premiere Classe Geneve - Aéroport - Prevessin $48
              Premiere Classe Geneve - Aéroport - Prevessin

              Premiere Classe Geneve - Aéroport - Prevessin

              350, route du Nant, Parc des Anneaux de Magny, Prevessin-Moens
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Ferney-Voltaire Market and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from CERN. Alpine Garden and Vivarium de Meyrin are also within 3 mi (5 km). Meyrin-Graviere Tram Stop is 25 minutes by foot.

                Residhome Le Carre d'Or Prevessin
                Residhome Le Carre d'Or Prevessin

                Residhome Le Carre d'Or Prevessin

                131 Impasse du Mandement, Prevessin-Moens, Ain
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Prevessin-Moens, this residence is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Ferney-Voltaire Market and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from CERN. Microcosm and Alpine Garden are also within 3 mi (5 km).