Geneva and CERN
Take your physics students to CERN to explore the world’s largest particle physics laboratory.
Geneva itself is a wonderful city is a dreamlike setting. However, the showstopper is CERN – the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. Step into this fascinating world of particle physics which is sure to engage and inspire. This is a once in a lifetime experience your students will never forget!
In addition to this, Geneva boasts many exciting attractions. We highly recommend a boat trip on Lake Geneva because it’s a wonderful way to take in the scenery. On the banks of this beautiful lake sits the Château de Chillon, a symbol of the area and an architectural jewel. The History of Science Museum is another fantastic attraction for science groups, where your students will gain insight into the city’s scientific past. Alternatively, draw your students in to world politics with a fascinating visit to the UN. Perhaps visit the the Council Chamber, where many important historical negotiations have taken place.
Greatdays recommends you contact CERN to request your desired date as early as possible. The school must contact CERN directly – we are unable to do this on your behalf.
Dates available on request
Suggested itinerary by air
Welcome to Geneva!
Arrive in Geneva and transfer to your accommodation. Get acquainted with this lovely Swiss city with a walking tour, starting with the picturesque Old Town. Pass St Peter’s Cathedral heading to Geneva’s cultural and artistic heart around Place Neuve. See the charming flower clock – a tribute to Geneva’s world-renowned watchmakers – and admire exquisite lakefront panoramas.
CERN and the UN
CERN – the European Organisation for Nuclear Research – is the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. At this respected research centre, physicists research what the universe is made of and how it works. Student groups can peak behind the scenes on a guided tour. Following a short film, the group will head to some of the ground level visit points which could be an experimental area or an accelerator. Groups are also able to explore CERN’s exhibition to engage with key questions such as where particles come from and how the Large Hadron Collider is operated.
This afternoon, perhaps head to the United Nations Office to engage your students with world politics. Tours vary depending on the meeting schedule, but the guides inform visitors about the current activities of the UN. Additionally they will discuss the history of the Palais des Nations – the building housing this Office, which formerly the League of Nations’ headquarters.
PLEASE NOTE: The school must contact CERN directly – we are unable to do this on your behalf. Visits are extremely popular so we advise that you contact CERN to request your preferred date as early as possible.
Explore Further and Depart
This morning, perhaps enjoy a cruise on Lake Geneva. An hour cruise allows students to see a bit more of this place and the magnificent landscape. Perhaps cruise past the Château de Chillon – or even visit in order to step back into the middle ages. Then perhaps enjoy some free time to shop for souvenirs and chocolates!
Alternatively, take your group to the History of Science Museum which showcases Geneva’s outstanding scientific past. There are fascinating collections of important documents and old scientific instruments such as microscopes and sundials, many of which have been donated to the museum by the families of local scientists.
Later, transfer to the airport for your return journey to the UK.
This youth hostel is in the centre of the Pâquis area, close to the main train station, Lake Geneva, the parks, the UNOG and the Red Cross Museum. The hostel features multi-bedded rooms with bunk beds and some rooms have their own bathroom facilities. The hostel’s restaurant serves a buffet breakfast and dinner, and packed lunches are available. A ‘Geneva Transport Card’ for public transport is included in the price for each guest. This gives the holder access to all public transport in Geneva (bus, trams, trains and boats) for the duration of the stay.