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Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)

Denkmalstrasse 4, Lucerne, Switzerland
41 (0)41 410 43 40
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Ranked #16 of 28 attractions in Lucerne
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

This was an unexpected find. So many different displays and the Mirror room maze was terrific! Be sure to visit every part of the museum including walking up to the top of the tower. This is one of the best non-art museums we have ever visited..of course Churchill's War Room is very high on the list.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

It was raining in Luzern and not a good day to go up the mountains so we decided to go for this! Free with our Swiss Passes. It's next to the Dying Lion monument. The exhibitions were interesting, especially those about avalanches and glaciers. There are various videos and fun interactive exhibitions eg. you can locate various mountains in Switzerland... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This is a very informative and enjoyable place. You can spend a good number of hours wondering at the nature's creations. You can see a number of fossils really close, learn the earth displacements and the land formation, the glacier holes and many such geological stuff. Children will love the Mirror House. We had a great fun. If you have... More

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Brisbane, Australia
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

This is a great way to spend and hour or two and learn interesting facts about Lucerne. It is great for all ages and a lot more to see than first meets the eye - certainly great value for your money. There was my self and two sons aged 21 and 17 and both, enjoyed this attraction as did I.... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Four trips to Luzern in my lifetime and this last one I finally squeezed this delightfully eclectic museum in. I'm a relief map geek, so all of those maps fascinated me. The house itself was enjoyable to explore and the mirror maze was fun. Do climb the tower outside for a view of Luzern from a different angle than the... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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217 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

These are really just holes in the ground. They're interesting, however, because of the way they're formed. The exhibits are very informative on this. The glacier gardens are also tied to the mirror hall and the museum as a package, and they're all worth a visit.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

A nice site, but 15 Euro to see it is outrageous even by Swiss standards. The glacial pits etc. were interesting, and the viewing tower provided a nice view of part of the area. However, I learned nothing I had not already seen/read on the internet, and had good views of the area from various high points around town. The... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

This was a surprise. If you are into geology, you can go deep on the information here, but even if not, it's really interesting to gloss over and pick up a little bit here and there. A funny little 10 minute movie that also runs in English, tells you how 20 million years ago Lucerne was populated by palm trees... More

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13 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Actually, the Glacier Garden is only of limited interest to me - just some circular holes in the ground. However at the same location is the Lion Monument, the Labyrinth of Mirrors and a museum. Taken all together, definitely worth a visit

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Amman, Jordan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

If you're in Lucerne, please take your time! Its a wonderful city that you must explore walking.. We had the swiss pass so we didn't have to pay anything which was really nice :) But it is still really nice to explore the glacier and the musuem, even if you're not that into geology, it is a place that you... More

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