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.
Lion Monument Reviews
People who come in buses are only bought here it seems as one come across bus after bus of tourists visiting this place to have picture clicked with the monument. This was built in memory of soldiers ... more »
Make sure you read up on the history behind prior to your visit, otherwise you'll have wasted your time. The sculpture is all there is to the monument, nothing much. It is a short walk from the piers ... more »
Nice memorial to the fallen soldiers. The site has more of a somber vibe. Felt better just admiring the monument than trying to take a photo with it like many of the others were doing.
If only this park were still as tranquil as it was when Mark Twain described it in 1880. You may have it all to yourself, or you may share it with a large tour group or two. Also, a nearby apartment complex was under construction when we were there, so it was not all that peaceful. Complaints of modernity aside, the monument is awe inspiring. Quiet or not, it's definitely worth the effort to visit.
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