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Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)

Denkmalstrasse 4, Lucerne, Switzerland
41 (0)41 410 43 40
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Ranked #15 of 32 Attractions in Lucerne
Type: Geologic Formations, History Museums
Description: Built around a glacial pothole that has survived since the Ice Age, this museum also displays artifacts from throughout the town's history.
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near Milwaukee, WI
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The track the glacier left in the city is well-marked, outdoors and covered by canvas. Great displays inside, plus a hall of mirrors that is a maze.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Never seen elsewhere...the ground as carved by glaciers! Apart from the penguin models, presumably for kids, it was superb, surreal and facinating.

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Switzerland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

You get to see Luzern 20 Million years ago and other odd facts about the place. Great with kids too especially the mirror maze.

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Lakehurst, New Jersey
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72 reviews 72 reviews
20 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

No visitor to Lucerne should miss a visit to the Glacier Garden! Here, you will encounter lost worlds; there are few places on earth that portray the history of our planet so clearly. The visitor embarks on a voyage of discovery from a subtropical palm beach that existed 20 million years ago to the glaciers of the last Ice Age... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

If you are looking for a fun way to pass an hour or so in Central Lucerne this place is worth a visit - particularly if you have a Swiss Pass, as entry is free then. It's a bit of a mish-mash: a bit about the glacial history of Switzerland, some old relief maps of the area, a look inside... More

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London, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Also the site for Lucerne's weeping lion, the Glacier Garden offers the possibility to learn about Switzerland's glacial past without leaving central Lucerne. All genuine of course!

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

It will be interesting for both children and adults. For children there are a lot of buttons light up 3-D maps and panoramas, and for adults there is a simple but exciting video-show. And of course, a mirror maze transforms any adult in the child. We didn't pay for this museum, because we had a SwissPass.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Do not miss the view from the top of the tower -- it's a hike but so worth it. Best view of Lucerne. This is a strange place with a mixture of things. Cool glacier potholes. Fascinating. The museum throws a lot of things in from global warming issues to a old house to a few fossils. My son was... More

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Bacolod, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If never been there it is definitely a place you have to visit when in Lucern. The Gletschergarten contains glacier mills.

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Gurgaon, Haryana, India
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

liked mirror walls, the rocks left by glacier, the artefacts and the explanation about the glaciers, ice, storms, earth etc 3d show was a let down as was the small print and no English on artefacts

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