Yesterday me, a friend and his colleague visited the doomsday device in Geneva.
I didn’t expect so many people to find something boring like physics so interesting ;-)
People stood already in line when we showed up at 9:30, half an hour after opening.
At about 12:30 we were at the front of the queue and got tickets to visit the LHC tunnel at 16:00 ;-(
So we went out for lunch an checked out the other sights on the CERN campus.
After some more queuing at 16:00 we finally got in. All in all it was very impressive, but a bit short for all the waiting time.
When we got out, the queue for the ATLAS detector seemed reasonably short. So we decided to give it a shot. After about 20 minutes we were in the next batch of people to enter the caves.
They showed us a presentation and a 3D movie, and then we took the elevator down to the cavern.
It was an absolutely gigantic apparatus. The most complex piece of technology in the biggest man-made cave.