Carved in rock to commemorate the Swiss soldiers who died during the French Revolution, the touching Lion Monument inspired Mark Twain to call it "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world." Designed by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen in 1819, the colossal monument depicts a mortally wounded lion taking his final breath in a sheltered stone lair, his front paws resting against the broken symbols of the French monarchy. Surrounded by lush trees, the dying lion seems far removed from the city's noise, his facial expression one of heart-rending agony. Don't forget your camera. Take a look at our Lucerne trip planner to schedule your visit to Lion Monument and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Lion Monument Reviews
The area surrounding the garden is under construction so we weren’t sure if there was normally some information provided about it on site but we’d read about it previously and appreciated seeing it. more »
You can't get up very close to the monument. Besides the pond that normally keeps you away, the entire area is being remodeled. A much needed remodeling of the park, WCs and the adjourning historical ... more »
Beautiful monument near the center of town and right next to the glacier gardens (14 minute walk from the train station). Lovely reflective pond next to it that really makes it feel like you are in a forest. Also closer the the Old Swiss House which has good fondue.
It was lovely to be here again ...it was 11years ago that we were last in Lucerne. Then, the lion monument did not have any water in front of the lion as it was empty for cleaning. This time however the water was back and all looked very beautiful. There were quite a few people around but all was very quiet and peaceful.
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