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Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument

Northeast of Lowenplatz, Lucerne, Switzerland
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Ranked #11 of 33 Attractions in Lucerne
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Type: Monuments/ Statues
Traveler Description: The famous carving of a dying lion by Bertel Thorvaldsen is in a small park just off Loewenplatz.  The carving was made to commemorate more than 600... more »
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

The lion is beautiful in rain or sunshine. To think someone carved this out of a cliff? Really?! It was one of my more favorite sites to simply sit and enjoy. If it is raining, take the bench on the left side... sheltered by rain.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Walking distance from the lake Luzern. Budget 20 mins to spend here. More of a photo stop. Very small place that can hold 20-30 people in the open. Very close to the lion monument is the Bourbanki panaroma (which is free with the pass). Both can be visited in 1 hour.

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bc canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Take in some of the Swiss heritage by visiting this historic monument. So inspiring and mournful. And there is a secret pig too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This was only a short walk away from our hotel--we stayed at the Hotel Des Balances. The monument is much bigger in person that I had imagined. It is amazing. We stayed and took a few pictures and then shopped at the cute stores around the monument.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The monument is smaller than expected, but that doesn't lessen an appreciation of the monument. It is impactful to see the artist's skill in capturing the loss of Swiss Guards in the symbolic dying lion.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Definitely a must-see in Lucerne. It's a beautiful sculpture made in a huge stone wall, faced by a tiny lake that makes the place very peaceful (if it wasn't for all the tourists there).

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Without words, this monument expresses the sadness of the deaths of Swiss soldiers. Very moving. So well done that the feeling is still with me.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The lion itself is a nice sculpture, but you have to take a bus from town, and there is nothing else around (other than a garden). I was underwhelmed that the visit only took 10 mins, since after photographing the lion, you have nothing else to do but take the bus back into town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We walked to the monument from Lake Lucerne, and got lost quite a bit. Luckily the locals were friendly and helped us quite a bit. The monument was a lot bigger & more impressive than I imagined it to be (I thought it would be a 2m x 1m statues but nope, way bigger). It can get quite crowded at... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Must see if you are in Lucerne. Dedicated to the Swiss guards who gave their lives protecting Louis. Not far from the lake.

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