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CERN Univers de particules

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Address: Route de Meyrin, Geneva 1217, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41 22-767-76-76
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Description: CERN, in Geneva, is the world’s largest particle physics research centre...
CERN, in Geneva, is the world’s largest particle physics research centre. CERN has recently brought into service the world’s most powerful accelerator, the LHC (Large Hadron Collider), which will provide new insights into the Universe and how it evolved. The entire Universe is made up of particles. But where do they come from? What laws govern their behaviour? The purpose of the "Universe of particles" exhibition is for visitors to confront the great questions of contemporary physics : a journey to the Big Bang.
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A geek-at-heart must-visit

First a warning. You need to book the two hour tour ahead of time on the Internet. Not all guide books tell you this. (Ours didn't and we got no tour). However there is a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

First a warning. You need to book the two hour tour ahead of time on the Internet. Not all guide books tell you this. (Ours didn't and we got no tour). However there is a permanent exhibition that is quite informative in the round building when you arrive. Four stars because it has aura of something that was well-funded at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 via mobile

It was a privilege to be able to visit CERN and to be on this historical site whilst history is being made. In a way I was a little disappointed because the LHC is online and the LHC, Atlas and CMS are off limits to visitors. A few week earlier I may have been able to see parts of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

not clear on website about this free exhibition but as we were staying near there we went in and asked. Really found it very interesting, teenage son now very keen to return from a proper tour and somewhat illiterate mum a little more aware of what it is all about. good for kids over about 6

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I had the advantage of a full da visit including lectures, visits to control rooms etc. This is an amazing place, where thousands of scientists work together to explore the impossibly small by creating impressibly big instruments. Moreover, the www was invented here, and the first www server is on display. I am amazed.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Left it too late to book the CERN tour, so visited the Universe of Particles, stayed a few hours and had a picnic. Very nice place but would definitely book the tour next time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

If you want a general gist of what CERN is capable of, just go to the digital & audio displays, which you can go to anytime. If you are really into the science & technology of the particle collider do the tour where they explain everything in great detail - but be sure to make a reservation a few days... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

If you are anywhere near Geneva, I highly recommend a visit to CERN. Even if you aren't a science geek or a physics whiz, it will be fascinating, I promise you. And if the website says the tours are full, email and ask about cancelations -- that's how I got a spot in a tour...which remarkably, is free. The guides... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

go and explore the place where science is actually happening! If possible check the website for the shutdown periods as there is a chance to get a larger tour. but seeing the original accelerator and the control room, and learning about how the sensors work when detecting the particles was worth it. The Particle exhibit in the globe is displayed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Booked by my college tutor we got the full tour all three guides were brilliant. We saw the old LHC and the current LHC. If you have an interest in science it's a must. pictures were encouraged. The restaurants were great. The gift shop was reasonably priced. We didn't see the globe as we ran out of time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Awesome. Was able to book last minute. Tour was about 2 hours and the guide was very knowledgeable. Easy to get to on the #18 Tram.

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