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. Take a look at our Lucerne trip planner to schedule your visit to Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • I can see why this would be a crowded tourist trap in the summer, but we visited on a snowy day in March and found it quiet and very moving. The lion represents the Swiss Guard, tasked with protecting...  more »
  • A quick stop and mandatory, pretty much the work of the Wounded Lion carved in stone direct. @andre_linheiro
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  • There is the dying lion in Lucerne that everybody talks about, and I was not disappointed. It is a must-see because its power travels through time and space, and no picture nor fridge magnet can do it...  more »
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  • Majestic work! Do not miss on this or underestimate from the pictures! This is truly surreal artwork. Touching background story. Soothing ambiance with little park around. Cute, souvenir shops not far away.
  • A very nice monument to visit. And you can take some nice selfies. Be careful though, sometimes there's loads of people there due to tours. Worth seeing
  • This is a quiet and beautiful place to hang out in the evening. Walkable from the Luzern Bridge and It's close to some Swiss chocolate shops. Free entry. Has a monument of a dying lion and it looks beautiful. Not so crowded and it's worth visit one time. I loved this place and would recommend!
  • Beautiful monument in town. Glacier museum is worth while as well. There is plenty of parking in the garage across the street.
  • Beautiful! Very serene area in a beautiful city. We were told it required paid entrance into the local garden or museum. It required neither.
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