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"You’ll be picked up from your Zurich hotel in the morning and taken on an approximate 1.5-hour drive south toward Mt Titlis a famous mountain in the Urner Alps. Enjoy a scenic ride by comfortable private minivan or mini-coach – depending on the size of your group – through the beautiful Swiss countryside via the Albis Pass and along the shores of Lake Lucerne. Discuss your it Chapel Bridge Town Hall and the Culture and Congress Centre. After your time here continue to Engelberg where three different cable cars will take you into eternal snow and ice. The last one is the Rotair the world's first revolving cable car. Enjoy an incredibly scenic journey over the Swiss Alps to the summit of Mt Titlis
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4-hour Lucerne City Tour with Private Guide Including Boat Trip on Lake Lucerne
"Your tour itinerary is completely flexible and can be arranged with your private guide in advance. Below is a sample itinerary to give you a few ideas!Example tour itinerary:Begin your tour by meeting your guide at your hotel and make your wa the concert hall designed by Jean Nouvel is located. Enjoy the fantastic panorama to the city center across the Reuss river and the surrounding mountains. On the walk with your tour guide you'll continue towards the wooden ""Chapel bridge"" a 200m long pedestrian crossing bridge. Get informed about the history of the bridge with it's paintings. You'll continue the tour discovering the car-free innner city circle and the old town. Your tour guide will give you information about the houses and the former importance in 16th century. Walk across the ""Spreuer bridge"" the second wooden bridge and take a coffee break along the ""Reuss"" river. After the break the walk will continue along the city wall
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3-Hour Essential Lucerne Photography Tour
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Löwendenkmal - Lion Monument Tips (46)

Monument to Fallen Swiss Soldiers

about a kilometer away from the old town or about 800 meters away from Schwanenplatz along Denkmalstrasse (about a brisk 10 minute walk) is the famous Löwendenkmal, otherwise known as the Lion Monument. It is a tribute to the famous Swiss Guards who were employed by King Louis XVI as mercenaries who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution at the Tuileries Palace in Paris (about 300 of them survived). The Monument was made into the granite rockface in a mortally-wounded lion measuring ten meters in length and six meters in height and facing a man made pool. the sculture was designed by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen and made by Lucas Ahorn, a stone-mason from Constance Germany and was made in August 10, 1821 from funds solicited by a member of the swiss guards who was then at leave in Lucerne, Karl Pfyffer von Altishofen, to honor his fallen comrades.

according to Wikipedia:

the latin incription at the site means:

The monument is dedicated Helvetiorum Fidei ac Virtuti ("To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss"). The dying lion is portrayed impaled by a spear, covering a shield bearing the fleur-de-lis of the French monarchy; beside him is another shield bearing the coat of arms of Switzerland. The inscription below the sculpture lists the names of the officers and gives the approximate numbers of soldiers who died (DCCLX = 760), and survived (CCCL = 350).[2]

The monument is described by Thomas Carlyle in The French Revolution: A History.[3] The pose of the lion was copied in 1894 by Thomas M. Brady (1849–1907)[4] for his Lion of Atlanta in the Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia.

Admission is free and the site is open 24/7.

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Nov 18, 2015

Löwendenkmal (Lion Monument)

Just north of Löwenplatz is the famous Lion Monument, a huge figure of a dying lion carved out of a wall of sandstone rock above a pond at the east end of the medieval town. It was designed by Thorwaldsen in 1820, the monument commemorates the death of 26 officers and more than 700 troops of the Swiss Guards, mercenary soldiers who were killed while protecting King Louis XVI during the attack on the Tuileries in the French Revolution in 1792.

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Nov 11, 2015

Lion from Luzern

During my visit to the city it was raining day and I left my umbrella in the car. Still, it was no reason to skip the famous monument in Luzern.

The Lion Monument (German: Löwendenkmal) commemorate the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, France.

Great advantages on visiting this site on great weather is taking photos on lion reflection in lake in front of it but I was there on summer rain day and this is still on my list.

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Sep 26, 2015

Lowendenkmal (The Lion of Lucerne))

I guess no one goes to Lucerne without making an effort at least, to visit the dying lion monument.
It is no wonder that Mark Twain was so very impressed with this massive sculpture which measure 6 meters high by 10 meters across. It was sculpted in 1820 by Lukas Ahorn from an inspired design by Bertal Thorvaldsen and is sculpted right into the face of the cliff which overlooks a pool.

The monument was created to pay homage to the 600 Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution as they stalwartly carried out their commission which was to protect King Louis then resident at the Tuilleries Palace in Paris.

There are many symbolic elements to the monument. Depicted impaled on a spear with one paw over a shield bearing the standard of the French Monarchy and another paw placed over a shield portraying the coat of arms of Switzerland, I could well understand why Mark Twain described it as the most moving monument in the world.

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Feb 23, 2012
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Lion Monument

One of the "must see" attractions in Lucerne is the Lion Monument, a memorial for the Swiss soldiers who died in battle serving France's King Louis XVI during the French Revolution. The sculpture depicts a dying lion and was carved out of a rock face. Above the lion reads the Latin inscription HELVETIORUM FIDEI AC VIRTUTI, which translated into English means "To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss". From an artistic perspective, the Lion Monument is truly a beautiful piece of work that conveys such sadness and sorrow.

Interesting to note, but if you look closely, you'll notice that the surrounding outline of the lion resembles the shape of a pig. Apparently, the sculptor had a falling out with someone associated with the contracting of the memorial that he created the pig shape out of spite. Ouch!

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Sep 25, 2011

The Lion of Lucerne

The Lion Monument was sculpted in the early 1800's by the Danish Artist Bertel Thorvaldson who was hired to sculpt a momument to the fallen Swiss Officers and Guards, numbering over 700 who were guarding King Louis XV1, Marie Antoinette and their children during the French Revolution.

Read about it on the website.

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Aug 21, 2009

The Lion of Lucerne Monument

Several years ago just before we started planning our first European trip I read a book called the Lions of Lucerne by Brad Thor who just so happens to have grown up in Chicago and still lives part time in Chicago when he is not in his second home on a Greek Island. The Lions of Lucerne was his 1st book in 2002 and now his books routinely make the NY Times Bestseller list.

With that said I knew that when we went to Switzerland (my dream country since I started collecting stamps over 45 years ago) we would have to see this monument. Just a few facts which I'm sure have been related on other VT pages before me.

The sculpture was created in 1820 - 1821 to commemorate the mercenary soldiers who died protecting the King and Queen of France who had already departed (we didn't find them there either when we visited). The Swiss saying behind the monument translates to "To The Loyalty and Bravery of the Swiss". Below the lion are the Greek numbers DCCLX and CCCL which indicate that 760 soldiers died and 350 survived. The monument is 20 feet high and 33 feet long and was carved on an upright wall which was the remnants of the towns quarry which supplied the sandstore that built many of the buildings in Lucerne.

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May 12, 2009

Lion Monument

The first thing that struck me about the Lion Monument in Lucerne is the size of it. From pictures that I had seen I had expected a much smaller sculpture but the Lion is quite large. The 'Dying Lion of Lucerne' is a monument to the fallen Swiss soldiers at the battle of Tuileries, Paris in 1792 when French Revolutionaries attacked the palace.
The monument was sculptued out of solid granite rock in the side of a natural cliff of rock just to the north Lake Lucerne. Mark Twain once described the monument as "the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world" and I would agree, as the piece is filled with emotion enhanced by the tranquility and peace of the artificial lake in frint of it. THe monument was erected in 1820.

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May 09, 2008
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Lion Symbol in Placid Pond

The stone carving is commemorating the dead 750 Swiss soldiers that fought in Paris during French Revolution in 1792. The chiseled monument was done by Bertel Thorvaldsen in 1820, with the help of some novice stone masons/artists. It took 1 years to complete. The close by toilet in Asian theme is a trip, and you should use it as well as the little cabana type structure nearby.

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Nov 19, 2007

Lion Monument

"The saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world"
Mark Twain

I agree, it is the most moving experience to look at the sad face on the dying lion. It really is a remarkable piece of art, carved out of a solid sandstone cliff-face. The lion's face is unforgettable.

It commemorates more than 700 Swiss officers & soldiers who died defending the Tuileries Palace in Paris during the French Revolution in 1792. They believed that King Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette and their children were sheltering inside, when in fact they had been smuggled out.

The sculpture was carved in 1820/21 by Bertel Thorvaldsen, a Dane.

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Oct 22, 2007

Lion Monument

This is one of the most amazing pieces of art in the world. Carved out of the rock face in memory of the Swiss guard killed in the line of duty - sort of - protecting France's Louis XIV.

The guard were killed to a man after being ordered to drop their pikes as Louis thought that 'his people' loved him and wouldn't do any damage - Doh!!

The Lion's pain is there for all to see and this is the most amazing thing about this monument - the Lion looks like is really in pain, close to death with a broken pike in its side (symbolising the pikes of the Swiss Guard killed with their own pikes).

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Sep 30, 2007

The Lion-monument / the Sleeping Lion

Das Loewendenkmal / The Lion-monument was built in 1820 in order to memorize the 750 swiss soldiers that were sent to Paris in 1792 in order to fight against the troups of the French revolution. All of them lost their lives in the battles defending the Tuilleries.
Mark Twain once said that this Sleeping Lion of Lucerne is the "sadest and most moving piece of rock in the world"
this touching monument was made by the danish artist Bertel Thorvaldsen .

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Jan 10, 2007

Things to Do Near Löwendenkmal - Lion Monument

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Glacier Garden Museum - Gletschergarten

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Bourbaki Panorama

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Kapellbrücke - Chapel Bridge

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Hofkirche - Church of St. Leodegar

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Mount Rigi

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Mount Pilatus

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Getting to Löwendenkmal - Lion Monument


Denkmalstrasse 4, 6002 Luzern,


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