Lion Monument, Lucerne

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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.
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  • We stayed at the Hotel Monopole opposite the train station so to give perspective it is about a 20 min walk away. Despite their being restoration and upgrade works at the time, this did not distract.....  more »
  • Jun 20: The lion monument is again a walking distance from our hotel de la paix. This is a fabulously carving done within the cliff. There is a history behind this - do read that and marvel at the...  more »
  • This is a unique and unexpected monument to find in a city like Lucerne -- this is very much worth seeking out and visiting while in town and there's a great story behind it, too.  more »
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  • Nice place to visit. The lion has a interesting story behind it. Better go visit in day time. They are currently building something in front of the lion, don’t know how long it will take
  • Oh so sad the lion looked. The famous statue of the dying lion is a must visit if you are in Luzern. It is a short walk from the City Centre. Currently, the surroundings are being renovated and you can see the lion from a viewing platform. There is the Glacier Garden right beside the monument.
  • Really nice monument that has a deep history. Currently it is under renovation like many other places in the city, so there is a raised platform to view it but the regular viewing area much closer to the monument is closed. Note that this is a little far away from the rest of the attractions like the bridge, etc.
  • Beautiful monument in Lucerne, I briefly heard someone near me explain the significance of it and its well worth looking it up and seeing it for yourself as well. Do note as of 12/25/2019 there was a fair amount of construction that sort of detracted from it but I believe they are just adding walkways to further enjoy it.
  • Very anti-climatic where you see this one lion sculpture (not as big as I thought) around the rocks and some pond. It’s not bad but I expected more with so much hype and high reviews on many tourist websites. There are also heaps of tourists taking photos around this lion monument making it really busy and crowded. If you have limited time, you won’t miss much if you decide to skip this place.

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