Destination: the Universe, immediate departure

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world's largest particle accelerator. Its 27 km ring is buried 100 metres below the French and Geneva countryside.

The LHC was designed to explore the biggest mysteries of our Universe... What happened after the Big Bang? How did our Universe evolve? These are just some of the many questions being investigated.

The Passport to the Big Bang is an interactive circuit through which you can explore this giant machine. No booking is required. So take out your bike and start the mission! For bike rental check our FAQs.


The Passport is available in tourist offices and town halls in the Pays de Gex and the Canton of Geneva, Genève Roule (Montbrillant, Terrassière) and Meyrin Roule shops, Pro Vélo Genève, as well as from the CERN Reception. It can also be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Leaflets and/or Passports are currently available in:

- tourist offices: Annemasse, Bellegarde, Divonne-les-Bains, Douvaine, Evian-les-Bains, Ferney-Voltaire, Genève, Gex, Lélex, Neydens, Nyon, Passy, Rolle, Rumilly, Saint-Genis-Pouilly, Sciez, Thorens-Glières

- town halls: Cessy, Challex, Chézery-Forens, Collex-Bossy, Collonges, Crozet, Echenevex, Farges, Ferney-Voltaire, Genève (Pont de la Machine), Gex, Le Grand-Saconnex, Grilly, Lancrans, Léaz, Lélex, Meyrin, Mijoux, Ornex, Péron, Pougny, Prévessin-Moëns, Saint-Genis-Pouilly, Saint-Jean-de-Gonville, Satigny, Sauverny, Segny, Sergy, Thoiry, Vernier, Versoix, Versonnex, Vesancy.

Feel free to get information there!


  • ATLAS plateform is newly available but its location has slightly changed: it is now on the new Esplanade des Particules, in front of the Globe.
  • The Precision stage is not currently available. We are doing our best to get it back on track as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience.

This project has been selected for inclusion in the European Territorial Co-operation programme INTERREG IV A France-Switzerland 2007-2013.