Lucerne Glacier Garden

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" Gletscherschliffe " in the Lucerne Glacier Garden, April 2009
Glacier model from the glacier
garden , photochromic print , Photochrom Print Collection ,
between 1890 and 1900

The glacier garden in Lucerne is a natural monument with a park and museum. It was opened on May 1, 1873, the museum building dates back to 1874. Glacier pots and a “millions of years show” transport visitors to times when huge glaciers covered the country or when subtropical palm beaches were found here.

There are changing special exhibitions as well as z. B. old maps and a large landscape relief of the original Switzerland shown. This was made from 1762 to 1786 by the Swiss Franz Ludwig Pfyffer and is considered the oldest such relief in the world.

The institution is supported by the Lucerne Glacier Garden Foundation . Immediately next to the glacier garden are the Bourbaki panorama and the Alpineum .

Alhambra mirror labyrinth

Another attraction is the Alhambra , a mirror labyrinth in the style of the Alhambra of Granada from 1896. It was created for the national exhibition in Geneva and has been in Lucerne since 1899.


During construction work on a wine cellar , Josef Wilhelm Amrein-Troller (1842–1881) discovered the first 20 million year old glacier pots here on November 2, 1872 . The excavations lasted until 1876.


  • Andreas Bürgi: A tourist picture factory. Commerce, pleasure and instruction at Lucerne's Löwenplatz, 1850–1914 . Chronos Verlag, Zurich 2016, ISBN 978-3-0340-1296-6 .

Web links

Commons : Gletschergarten Luzern  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

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Coordinates: 47 ° 3 '32 "  N , 8 ° 18' 37.5"  E ; CH1903:  six hundred sixty-six thousand two hundred thirty-one  /  two hundred twelve thousand three hundred and fifty-two