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  • CERN
Route de Meyrin
01630Saint-Genis-Pouilly

Founded in 1954 the CERN is a research laboratory where scientists unite to study the building blocks of matter and the forces that hold them together by accelerating particles to the speed of light and using detectors to make the particles visible.


The Cern is the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. This research centre is one of the most respected centres for scientific research in the world. Here scientists use some of the world’s most advanced technology and machinery to study the fundamentals of matter. Particles of matter are made to collide at speeds in access of the speed of light. This allows the scientists to find out more about how these particles interact, which gives them a better understanding of the basics of the laws of nature.

CERN's Visits Service organises tours of its experimental areas and facilities, which are free of charge. Tours in several languages are organised on Mondays to Saturdays starting at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. It is essential to book in advance. Please note that the tours are not suitable for children under 12 years of age. A visit lasts approximately half a day. It starts with an introductory presentation on CERN by one of their guides, followed by a film, a visit to one of the experiments and/or to an accelerator located at the surface. The itinerary, which is chosen by the Visits Service, depends on the availability of the areas on the day of your visit.


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Opening

From 04/01 to 18/12.
Closed on Sunday.
Visit in French: Wednesday and Saturday from 13:00 to 15:00 (from mid-October from 11:00 to 13:00).
Visit in English: Monday to Saturday from 11:00 to 13:00 and from 13:00 to 15:00.

Environment
  • Close to a motorway
  • Town outskirts
  • Close to a public transportation
Prices

Free of charge.


Equipment & comfort

Equipment
  • Lift
  • Toilets
  • Car park
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Coach parking
Activity
  • Temporary exhibition
Service
  • Guided individual tours
  • Guided group tours
  • Booking obligatory
  • Tour free of charge
  • Guided tours