Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), Lucerne

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#3 of 10 in Museums in Lucerne
Geologic Formation History Museum
Built around a glacial pothole from the last glacial period, Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) outlines the town's history. Fossilized mussels and palm leaves tell the story of how the area sits on what was a subtropical beach 20 million years ago. A multimedia show and interactive exhibits recap the history of the planet and the city itself. View the oldest large-scale mountain relief in the world. Explore the surrounding park with its walking paths and plants from different periods. On you way, notice different versions of yourself when you pass through the mirror maze, and then climb the observation tower for a panoramic view of the city. Put Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) at the forefront of your travel plans using our Lucerne family vacation planner.
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  • This museum is worth a visit. It's educational and entertaining. Lots of science and history. Check it out.  more »
  • If you travel to Lucerne by train, when you get out of the station go to to your left and walk to the Jesuit Church. From there you can see the painted building on the other side of the river. It is a...  more »
  • You go through life thinking and being convinced that you know quite a lot about nature and climate change and then you visit this absolutely fascinating site which makes you feel I know nothing! Incr...  more »

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