Science in Geneva from Calvin to CERN
Despite its late development compared to other European cities, Geneva is now in a leading position in scientific research.
The first well known scientists appear in the XVIIIth century and establish very soon many connections owing to the important role of the city in the financial area. The main event is the climbing of Mont-Blanc made by Ferdinand-Bénédict de Saussure, alpinist and scientist at the same time, head of the first scientifical expedition in this area.
After having had a look at the residences of some major scientists of the past in the old town, we will go to the Science Museum located in a beautiful park. There we will get acquainted with the most important contributions of the local scientists of the XVIIth and XIXth century.
We will then reach the outskirts of the town to visit two exhibitions at CERN, (European Council for Nuclear Research) where physicists and engineers try to find the fundamental structure of the universe through particle accelerators and detectors.
- Visit of the Old Town related to science
- Transfer to the opposite shore of the lake on foot (more than half an hour), by bus / tramway (about 20 min) or by taxi (15 min. or more according to traffic)
- visit of the science museum
- transfer to CERN by bus / tramway (30-40 min. ) or by taxi (20 min. )
- Visit of exhibitions at CERN
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Place du Molard in front of the Swatch shop
End location: At CERN. We can visit the exhibitions with me or individually, Usually there is a French or English speaking person inside who is able to give technical explanations
Duration: 4 hours
This tour may be much longer when a thourough visit of CERN is included. It has to be booked several months ahead.
The tour can be done on foot and with public transport. If you would like to have a car or a taxi, please let me know in advance
Estimated Local Cash Needed
8 CHF - Public transport
I am not allowed to give tours inside most museums which have their own guides
I do not have a car, but Ican accompany you in public transport or arrange for a taxi or a car with a driver