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All about CERN ... in 6 sentences:

Did You Know ?...

• That antimatter is routinely produced at CERN (more than 10 million particles per second).

• That the world's largest magnet, weighing more than the Eiffel tower, is at CERN.

• That the vacuum in the Laboratory's accelerators is the best between CERN and the moon.

• That CERN's biggest accelerator is 27 kilometres around, and particles travelling near the speed of light lap it over 11000 times each second.

• That CERN's detectors are the size of four-storey houses.

• That over 1800 physicists work on the biggest experiment being prepared for CERN's next accelerator. This experiment will generate data at a rate about equal to everyone on Earth simultaneously making 10 telephone calls each.

Interesting books:

· Infinitely CERN (Memories from fifty years of research 1954 – 2004 / Sciences & Histoire – Editions Suzanne Hurter Histoire: Editions Suzanne Hurter 2004.

· Antimatter, the ultimate mirror / Fraser, Gordon. - Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2000. - 213 p.

· How the Web was born: the story of the World Wide Web / Gillies, James; Cailliau, Robert. - Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2000. - 372 p.

· The quark machines: how Europe fought the particle physics war / Fraser, Gordon. - Bristol: IOP, 1997. - 210 p.

· The search for infinity: solving the mysteries of the universe / Fraser, Gordon; Lillestøl, Egil; Sellevåg, Inge; Hawking, Stephen William. - New York: Facts On File, 1995. - 144 p.

These books are on sale in the reception building 33.

... or you can read the science fiction story by Dan Brown: Angels and Demons

There are also two exhibition CERN sites:

  • Microcosm exhibition takes you into the hidden corners of the universe. On the site of the world's largest particle physics laboratory, CERN, the exhibition has models, videos, computer games, and original pieces of equipment - something for everyone.

    Entrance is free. Open: Monday to Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
    Location: Bldg. 33 (CERN General Reception).

  • The Globe of Innovation is CERN's new landmark.
  • Entrance is free. Open: Wednesday to Saturday, 2:00 am to 5:00 pm.
    Location: Across the road from the Reception building.

If you want to learn more about CERN, you can have a look at our general public web pages.

Tourist information:

Information office:
Pont de la Machine 1
1204 Genève
Phone: +41 (0) 22-311 99 70
Closed on Sundays.

Tourism's office:
Rue du Mont-Blanc 18
1201 Genève
Phone: +41 (0) 22-909 70 00
Closed on Sundays from 1 September to 15 June.

More information:

The Old City

Hidden away in the Old City's picturesque narrow streets you'll find a multitude of art galleries, antique shops, bookshops and charming cafés. Leading off from the Cathedral, cobbled streets and connecting passageways entice you to stroll around the Bourg-du-Four, along the Promenade de la Treille or the Terrasse Agrippa d'Aubigné.

Parks and Lakeside

525 acres of public parks to relax in. As you walk along the quays from the Botanical Gardens, past the Flower Clock and the Water Jet all the way round to the beautiful rose gardens in the Parc des Eaux-Vives and the Parc de la Grange, all Geneva's different facets will unfold before you - from its gardens and buildings to the Lake.


All sorts of shops from small boutiques (in the Rue du Rhône neighbourhood and the Corraterie, in the Old City) to department stores in the Rue de la Confédération, de la Croix d'Or, du Marché ("downtown") and Coutance.

Opening hours:
Monday-Wednesday 9am-7pm
Thursday 9am-9pm
Friday 9am-7.30pm
Saturday 9am-6pm
Sunday closed

You can change money in the main Geneva banks, stations and foreign exchange offices.


Geneva has many restaurants, brasseries and cafés. Most of the museums and department stores have cafeterias as well: Le Barocco at the Musée d'art et d'histoire and the café de l'Ariana Museaum are particularly charming.


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