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Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument, Lucerne

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Carved in rock to commemorate the Swiss soldiers who died during the French Revolution, the touching Dying Lion of Lucerne 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. Add Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument to your Lucerne travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Lucerne trip itinerary builder.
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  • The famous lion monument was one of the to do list in town . We walked through the city and enjoyed the old time charm and came to the monument. It supposingly to be place to remember the sacrifice bu...  more »
  • I worked hard to get to this monument and felt very moved by the beauty of it. I love the Dying Lion and all it represents. Just a beautiful and moving tribute. Also, it is really large and not too fa...  more »
  • This is an amazing carving. Probably best to have a guide or a guidebook to get the best from this monument.  more »
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  • Definitely worth a visit and seeing the mural in person does pictures no justice. The monument and surrounding park create a great opportunity for reflection. When we went in February on a weekend the crowds weren't bad at all.
  • Quite a calm and serene place. The story that goes with how and why this was built is really sad. In essence this is a memorial for the famous Swiss Guards (that inter alia protect the Pope).
  • Gr8 tourist place once you understand the theme behind this Lion Monument. Carved out of single rock this monument commemorates the martyred Frenchmen (the Swiss Guards) died while defending King Lohis XVI
  • Really a nice place with history hidden in an alley. It feels good to sit over for some time and take in that easiness.
  • One of the most famous monuments in Lucerne but I found other places more interesting. This place has some historical significance attached to it and is a nice walk from the main bus stand. I would not say it is a must visit because of what you can see there but is definitely worth going if you have some time.

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Small, historical Lucerne is big in its accommodation offerings. Surrounding the bay are plenty of mid-range and upscale hotels for those looking to splurge, putting you right downtown with easy access to sights, bars, and restaurants. If your budget is tight, look into the handful of guesthouses in the city. There are limited hostels available, and they tend to be a bit farther from the city core. Be sure to book in advance to avoid missing out.
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