Glacier Garden and Lion Monument - Central Switzerland
The glacier in the centre of Lucerne
FREE travel to Lucerne with the Tell Pass and the Swiss Travel Pass.
Entrance payable locally: 15 Sfr per adult and 8 Sfr per child (6-16 years). FREE with the Swiss Travel Pass. 20% discount with the Tell Pass.
At the heart of Switzerland is Lucerne, and in the heart of Lucerne is the Glacier Garden. It is nature's own monument to history and an oasis of peace from busy Lucerne life. Potholes of impressive proportions bear witness to the last ice age and to the fact that Lucerne was once covered by glaciers. Conversely, fossilised mussels and palm leaves found in local rock strata indicate that some 20 million years ago, the area of Lucerne was a subtropical beach!
Natural Monument: Polished rock, glacial potholes and erratic blocks bear witness to the fact that Lucerne was covered by glaciers during the Ice Age. A marquee roof has been erected to protect the natural monument from the damaging effects of weathering and air pollution.
Observation Tower: Go back 300 million years into the geological past. You pass the recreation of a glacial mill and the diorama of the Gorner glacier by Xaver Imfeld before climbing the observation tower, which will reward you with a magnificent view of Lucerne and Mount Pilatus.
Park: A green oasis within the busy city, the park of the Glacier Garden offers a relaxing and friendly environment featuring many alpine plants and ferns. This is where you will find a sunny spot for your picnic.
The Museum: Highlights include the Million Year Show, the oldest mountain relief map in the world - created by Franz Ludwig Pfyffer in the 18th century - and the most recently added attraction, a modern interactive landscape relief of Central Switzerland.
Mirror Maze: This fantastic attraction was created in 1896 in the style of Granada's Alhambra for the Swiss National Exhibition. It has been at the Glacier Garden since 1899 and its 90 mirrors plays tricks with your mind! Although the corridors appear infinitely long, they are in effect quite short - so take your time walking through. Within the Mirror Maze and outside there are lots of mirror experiments and distorting mirrors to enjoy.
Famous Lion Monument: The Glacier Garden is only a stone's throw away from the Lion Monument, the oldest preserved figurative monument in Switzerland. It ranks alongside the famous Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) and the Museggtürme (Musegg towers) as one of the favourite tourist attractions in Lucerne. The lion, which was carved into a former sandstone quarry wall from a design by B. Thorvaldsen, is an allegory of the defeat of the Swiss Guard during the storming of the Tuileries Palace in 1792.
The Glacier Garden is in the centre of Lucerne. From Lucerne railway station and the Old Town it takes approximately 15 mintues to walk here. Alternatively you can take bus numbers 1,19,22 or 23 to Löwenplatz. The Glacier Garden is open 364 days a year. 09.00 - 18.00 April-October and 10.00-17.00 November-March.
More things to see and do in Central Switzerland
There are so many wonderful days out to enjoy in this beautiful area. There are incomparable mountain vistas to enjoy, leisurely cruises on a nostalgic paddle steamer, walks through stunning scenery and a whole host of fabulous journeys on mountain railways, cable cars and funiculars.
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Your choice of resorts and hotels in Central Switzerland
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