Geneva isn’t short of stunning attractions, from the 50 lush parks dotted all over town to the grandeur of Saint Peter’s Cathedral, and of course the enthralling lake. Holidaying at the luxurious Hotel d’Angleterre provides the perfect place for experiencing all that the city has to offer. But there is one, slightly more unusual landmark that visitors definitely should not overlook.
CERN (or European Council for Nuclear Research), situated just 25 minutes from Hotel d’Angleterre on the French/Swiss borders, is the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. The scientific hub draws visitors from across the globe, and offers a unique and fascinating introduction to the world of science. This year, CERN is celebrating its 60th anniversary and hosting a stellar series of events, lecture and exhibitions – it couldn’t be a better time to visit.
You really don’t have to be an avid science enthusiast to make the most of CERN; an open mind is probably the only pre-requisite. Whilst on site take the opportunity to go on a guided tour around the labs and see the Hadron Collider — the world’s largest particle accelerator up close. This is a chance to have all your pressing questions answered about how and why the universe was created. Learning about science will feel anything but boring.
Here are a few pointers on what else is worth seeing when visiting CERN:
The most awe-inspiring feature at CERN is the 27 metres high and 40m-diameter wide Globe, which stands like a beacon on the grounds. Entrance is free and the space plays host to many lectures and debates, making it the ideal place to start your exploration through CERN’s expansive grounds.
See some art at the Hadron Collider. Also find out more about the Collide@CERN arts and science partnership project, which connects leading artists and scientists, who produce an array of interesting artworks, installations and murals that are shown around the world.
Wander around the two permanent Globe exhibitions on the ground floor. The Universe of Particles and Microcosm presentations provide a fascinating insight into the adventures and work done at CERN, and help to unravel some of the mysteries of the universe.
As part of the key 60th anniversary celebratory events, it’s worth attending the CineGlobe screenings of winning entries to CERN’S short film competition.
Attend a lecture: top scientist DR. Philippe Lebrun is hosting one in September which will reveal how particle research has revolutionised the world around us today.
Once your mind has been truly blown by CERN, end your day out on a high and return to the Hotel d’Angleterre to relax and unwind in the L’Observatoire. Or enjoy a sumptuous meal at the Windows Restaurant whilst marvelling at the sun set across the lake.
Header image: CERN GLOBE © 2005 CERN