Glacier Garden, Lucerne

Glacier Garden, Lucerne (must see)

The Glacier Garden is Nature’s own monument, with a park and museum. It is also one of the favorite tourists attraction. Glacial potholes witness the last Ice Age and the fact that Lucerne was once covered by glaciers. Built around a glacial pothole, the museum also displays facts of the town's history.

The first glacial pothole was discovered by Josef Wilhelm Amrein-Troller (1842–1881) on November 2, 1872, during the construction works for a wine cellar. On the 1st May 1873 the Glacier Garden was already open, and the excavations continued until 1876.

Why You Should Visit:
Lots to see including the glacier caves themselves, a historical Swiss house, a fun mirror maze and a tower with views right over the city and towards the mountains.
Good restaurants and coffee shops nearby and next to the Dying Lion monument, which is also worth seeing.

Tip:
Start with the Mirror Maze, or wait until there are fewer people, as the maze loses its charm if there are too many inside.
If you have a Swiss Rail Pass, you get admission to this and many other attractions all over Switzerland.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-6pm (Apr 1 - Oct 31); 10am-5pm (Nov 1 - Mar 31)
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Glacier Garden on Map

Sight Name: Glacier Garden
Sight Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Walking Tours in Lucerne, Switzerland

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