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Gletschergarten is very close to the Lion-monument. It shows natural phenomenons of the last glacial period, about 20.000 years ago. There is also a glacier-museum showing things like stoned palm-leaves, beeing more than 20.Millions of years old. When you come too late, like I did, you may at least take a first look at the little map of Gletschergarten at the entrance and get an idea what to see, when you get there the other day. As you may see on my 3rd picture, you may even find some brochures there.
For your children it might be great fun to step behind Gletschgarten, where they will find one of the longest slides they ever saw (see my last pic!)
Gletschergarten is open for visitors
daily from 09.00a.m. till 06.00p.m. and
November-March from 10.00a.m. till 05.00p.m.
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When already exploring the city you should go to the Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten).
It has a museum, a natural monument (discovered in 1872), a Labyrinth of Mirrors and of course the Thorwaldsen's Lion.
It's opened the whole year.
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Glacier Garden was discovered in 1872 near the Lion Monument. Here, you will encounter lost worlds; there are few places on earth that portray the history of our planet so clearly .
Take a voyage of discovery from a subtropical palm beach that existed 20 million years ago to the glaciers of the last Ice Age 20,000 years ago. From this period you can see the very impressive potholes carved into the rock by water vortices.
Especially don't miss the historical labyrinth of mirrors, where you probably won't get lost but certainly will enjoy yourself.
The Glacier Garden also features some exclusive relief maps of the Alps and a model of the city of Lucerne dating from 1792.
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The one I went was at in Mount Titlis. It was fun as you are like in a permanent freezer, experiencing how your frozen seafood felt :P. There are lights like shone into the glaciers and you can see the beautiful lights refracting in it. But you have to be extra careful as it is really very slippery.
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Near the Lion Monument is a glacier garden - worth a visit - and if its raining (like it usually is) there is a hall of mirrors which is great fun for the kids. Update 2006: - seemed to be quite pricy to see the boulders and rocks these days - a combined museum ticket seems best option if museums are your thing (plenty of them in Lucerne for other rainy day options) However for once we had sunshine so we didn't pay a repeat visit.
Adjacent are a handful of nineteenth-century tourist attractions, quaint and rather old-fashioned today. A rather fusty museum displaying old relief maps of Luzern and Switzerland; Text Color (c)
a fascinating Mirror Maze built for the Swiss National Expo in 1896 and recently restored in mock-Moorish style; and a set of geological potholes telling of the subtropical ocean beach that was Luzern twenty million years ago.
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