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Science & Technology School Trips to Geneva & CERN

Science & Technology School Trips to Geneva & CERN

Nestled between the Alps and the Jura Mountains, Geneva is a global hub for scientific research. Home to the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), the city has been the location of some of the most ground-breaking scientific discoveries of the 20th and 21st centuries. Perfect for both enhancing your students’ learning and inspiring them to pursue a career in science, we offer the following school trips to Geneva.

Top Attractions

CERN 

Cern

Ever wondered what the universe is made of? Or how it started? Well, the scientists at CERN are on the road to finding out. Using the most powerful particle accelerators in the world, scientists are looking to gain insight into the universe’s structure by studying how particles interact when they collide. Some of the most exciting discoveries to occur at CERN include the discovery of antimatter, the Higgs boson particle and the invention of the internet.

Palace of Nations

Home of the United Nations Office at Geneva, the Palace of Nations hosts over 10,000 intergovernmental meetings each year, where decisions are made on everything from individual rights and empowerment to advancing disarmament. A tour of the Palace of Nations includes visiting the Council Chamber, where many important historical negotiations have taken place; the Assembly Hall, the largest room in the Palace of Nations; and the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room.

Jet d’Eau 

Jet Deau

One of Geneva’s most famous landmarks, the Jet d’Eau is a fountain situated in Lake Geneva. The fountain pumps 500 litres of water per second to a height of 140 metres – that’s about the height of 32 double decker buses stacked on top of each other! Be careful where you stand though, if the wind changes direction, you might find yourself in the splash zone.

Local Cuisine 

Cheese Fondue

If you can tear yourself away from the Swiss chocolate for a moment, Switzerland has a few delicious local dishes that you need to try during your trip. Our top choices include cheese fondue, which comprises of bread cubes dunked in melted cheese; älplermagronen, a gratin with potatoes, macaroni, cheese, cream and onions served with stewed apple; and a rösti, a flat, circular cake made from grated potato and fried in butter.

Accommodation

Hotels and Hostels provides a free Geneva City Travel Pass on arrival which can be used on all buses, trams and selected yellow taxi boats within the Geneva area, as well as for the return journey to the airport if you don’t have a coach. Our top choice accommodation options are located centrally, close to the main train station and the city's top attractions, with CERN only 20-mintutes away.

Hidden Gems

Red Cross and Crescent Museum

A museum dedicated to the largest humanitarian organisation in the world, the Red Cross and Crescent Museum takes students on a journey of emotion, discovery and reflection. Covering the fascinating history of the Red Cross, the museum is divided into three separate areas which allow students to explore three major challenges faced in today’s world: Defending Human Dignity, Restoring Family Links and Reducing Natural Risks.

Geneva Old Town 

Geneva Old Town

Geneva Old Town is a labyrinth of winding streets, quaint cafés and historical buildings. Transporting you back to ancient Geneva, the Old Town is a great part of the city to explore, featuring St. Peter’s Cathedral and Geneva’s shopping street, Rue du Marche.

ICT Discovery Centre

Another great trip for budding scientists, the ICT Discovery Centre is the United Nations specialised agency for information and communication. Taking you through the rapid technological invention period of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as looking to what the future might hold for ICT and communication, students will be able to gain an understanding of how communication has developed and what needs to be done to make the world even more connected.