CERN guided tour – with kids

A while ago I wrote about how to book a visit to CERN, in Geneva. Now I am going to detail how it went and how to get there to and from Gare Cornavin.

Globe of Science and Innovation
Globe of Science and Innovation

The arrival and the guide

The arrival was fairly simple since we needed to get to building 33 to sign in and meet our guide. Tip: when getting off the tram coming from Gare Cornavin, cross the street to the opposite side of the Globe of Science and Innovation (and don’t worry, you will get to it later on).

Reception at Building 33
Reception at Building 33
Check in counter at Building 33
Check in counter at Building 33

The tour

We were really impressed by the amount of knowledge that flows through in those buildings, as well as how important CERN is. We toured what I understand are the common places most of the tours go through and we were really impressed. But one thing that made it all more understandable to us was the fact the tour was in Portuguese; it kind of felt like a blast from the past, High School Physics at its best and surprisingly (for me) I remembered a lot of those things.

Science is cool!
Science is cool!
Our guide
Our guide

I’m not a physicist, so I won’t go into details of what we learned but I will tell you this: whenever you’re in Geneva (which is a lovely city, by the way), go for a CERN tour. It is worth it!

 

The tour with kids

While I thought my daughter would be really into everything we were seeing during the tour, I must confess we had to go the extra mile to get her to be engaged. Luckily, our guide was very nice and noticed she needed something different so in one of our stops he let her push the emergency alarm button – of course it was not the real one, but she liked it.

Sound the alarm!
Sound the alarm!

That being said, I would tell you to wait until your kids are at least 11 to take them to the tour so that they can get more out of it. But the parents sure did get a lot out of it! 🙂

Wow!
Wow!

 

Getting there

From Gare Cornavin (and back to it) take tram number 18. It’s about a 20 minutes ride and once at CERN you just have to cross the street. And if you are staying at a Geneva hotel, they give you a day pass for the public transport system that you can use to take the tram (like we did).

The tram number 18 will take you from Gare Cornavin to CERN - and back!
The tram number 18 will take you from Gare Cornavin to CERN – and back!
Tram approaching
Tram approaching
Inside the tram there are screens showing the stop you are approaching
Inside the tram there are screens showing the stop you are approaching

Hope you include this on your list of future travels. It is really worth it!

 

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