Booking a visit to CERN

As my upcoming trip to Europe approaches I am always asked which places I will be visiting and when I say that one of them is Geneva and that my main reason to go there is a visit to CERN the reply I always get is: “I didn’t know you could visit CERN!”. Well it does offer tours, but let’s back up a bit…

What is CERN? It is the European Council for Nuclear Research (or Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire in French), which is in fact an international organization and operates the world’s largest particle physics laboratory and you probably heard a lot about its large hadron collider.

My husband and daughter are into science and so are our traveling companions, so you can imagine the excitement when I said we could book it. And even better, because our group has 8 people, we could get a private tour… and all of that for free! Gotta love science, eh?

So how do you book it?

1. Go to this link, which will take you directly to the “Visit CERN” page.

2. If you are an individual or are trying for up to 7 people, just check on their calendar that the date you want is available and fill out the “tours for individuals” request form. If you are booking for a group of a minimum of 8 people, also check the calendar and fill out the “tours for groups” request form.

 And voila! You will get an e-mail from CERN in a couple of days.

But what if you’re not that into science? I read a lot of reviews about it and even people that are not into science enjoyed the tour and actually learned something, so I would tell you to give it a try.

Also, please note that the large hadron collider is not part of the tour! I am looking forward to our visit, which will happen in July and will report back on our findings and details – and also to tell about the experience of how a science enthusiast kid liked the tour. 🙂

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