Most of the cool stuff of Cern’s museum are not inside Globe but at the other side of the road at the Microcosm which is housed inside the Reception building. It is a museum dedicated to particle physics and usually there are guided tours but you can easily go around on your own and check slowly the exhibits although I guess a minimum of knowledge...more
This giant wooden sphere is the landmark of CERN. It has several levels but in march 2013 only the ground level was open where you can see the exhibition called Universe of Particules. The last years the tram line 18 ends just in front of the entrance so it’s an easy 20’ ride from Geneva city center.The Globe of Science and Innovation is 27 metres...more
This is something one sees only if he/she:a) works at CERN himself/herselfb) has friends or relatives working there.Mine’s case (b) so I was able to enter into buildings that are closed to general public. For example, into East Hall. This is where equipment for experiments is located and where experiments are actually conducted. My parents’...more
Once again an aquarium scene - and again it completely beats me. OK, I have never been that good in biology (despite getting top marks), but I can not figure out what precisely this thing (or any other one, for that matter) means. Still, you can spend your breakfast/lunch/dinner time in a pleasant conversation over what those things actually are.more
Did not I tell you that you might find many strange and funny things lurking at CERN? Apart from scientists, that is:)))) Joking:))) This one, for example, is a colorful aquarium, of a somewhat tropical nature. I confess to having difficulties identifying what is what inside what looks more like a colorful mess than anything else:)) But it is fun...more
CERN honors scientists no matter when they lived. What better proof of the fact can there be than this - along the ones named after Isaac Newton, Gauss, Oppenheimer and many others, there?s a street dedicated to Democritus. I shall add more details as soon as I can return to building this page!more
CERN might be justly famous for its scientific achievements, but it should be no less so... for its originality. In fact, I do not remember a single street there that's not named after a famed scientist...My hometown is a bit like that, but we do have other streets. This is Isaak Newton street - and he was named the most famous Briton ever lived!more
There are 3 different restaurants inside CERN serving thousands of people that work there (empoyess, scientists, university students etc). Most of the times we ate at R1 where we had lunch or just a coffee at the terrace.
There is a self service buffet with different foods including some for vegetarians. The food was very good and the prices excellent for swiss standards, most main plates cost 9Fr although there were some more expensive choices (up to 14Fr).
Cern is located about 8km west of Geneva. Actually the border between France and Switzerland crosses Cern.I took Tram 18 from Central Train station (Gare Cornavin). Tram 18 terminates at Cern just in front of Globe.The ride takes about 20’. Single ticket costs about 3Fr while a day pass costs 8Fr.You can also drive there and park for free near the...more
If you're visiting with relatives or friends (put simply, not as part of an organised group) and would like to get to CERN or the Globe by public transport, take tram #18 which runs to the Meyrin entrance from Geneva city centre (Cornavin). From France, take the Y bus (unfortunately, only running about once an hour). Public transport to French...more
If you have no car of your own, or simply do not wish to drive, you can take bus no.9. It will bring you to CERN from both Geneva (some 30 minutes from the railway station) and Meyrin (that's just a couple of minutes).Be careful, though, because not all buses that are #9 go to CERN. Some have the last stop at Gare Zemeissa, or something like...more
Now, I know industrial buildings are not the most popular photo subject, but they, if viewed from the right angle, can and will be attractive for photo maniacs like myself (and some other people I know), making nice pictures?And CERN offers plenty of opportunity for this kind of photography, just like the picture that goes with this tip - of an air...more