The journey to the Glacier Garden starts right next to the lion memorial, and gives you an insight into the impressive climate and landscape changes, from the subtropical seashore to the glaciers of the ice age.
A Historical Building at Glacier Garden of Lucerne
1. Natural Monument
The glacier potholes bear witness to the fact that during the last Ice Age, 20,000 years ago, the region of Lucerne was covered by a thick layer of ice. Even older are the fossilised shells and palm fronds which were found in today's Glacier Garden – they show that 20 million years ago, Lucerne lay on a subtropical seashore. A marquee roof has been erected to protect the natural monument from the damaging effects of weathering and air pollution. Such witnesses to Earth's history make the Glacier Garden a geotope of national importance.
2. Observation Tower
Go back 300 million years into the geological past. You pass the recreation of a glacial mill and the diorama of the Gorner glacier by Xaver Imfeld before climbing the observation tower, which will reward you with a magnificent view of Lucerne and Mount Pilatus. Do not miss this on your Glacier Garden of Lucerne tour.
A green oasis within the busy city, the park of the Glacier Garden offers a relaxing and friendly environment featuring many alpine plants and ferns. The Glacier Garden is not only a magnificent park with alpine plants that were already growing in this area during the last Ice Age. It also has boulders, ancient stones, wooden huts, an observation tower and a fish pond, which is fed directly from the Gorner Glacier. This is a place where you can relax and picnic in the midst of a historic park. Some things you can do at Glacier Garden of Lucerne tour are take a look at the outdated scientific model from 1896 that is called Glacial Mill Model, set out an epic journey through time on Rock-Clock Walk, and enjoy the view from the highest height of Observation Tower. Do not miss this on your Glacier Garden of Lucerne tour.
4. The museum
Highlights include the Million Year Show, the oldest mountain relief map in the world - created by Franz Ludwig Pfyffer in the 18th century - and the most recently added attraction, a modern interactive landscape relief of Central Switzerland. Do not miss this on your Glacier Garden of Lucerne tour.
5. Mirror Maze
This room of 90 mirrors was created in 1896 for the Swiss national exhibition in Geneva and has been at the Glacier Garden since 1899. It was inspired by the fabulous Alhambra Palace in Granada. The way through the maze presents the visitor with bewildering encounters with him-/herself and offers an illusion of the Moorish palace and its gardens. Although the corridors appear infinitely long, they are in effect quite short - so take your time walking through. Within the Mirror Maze and outside there are lots of mirror experiments and distorting mirrors to enjoy. Do not miss this on your Glacier Garden of Lucerne tour.
6. The Lion Monument
The Glacier Garden is only a stone's throw away from the Lion Monument, the oldest preserved figurative monument in Switzerland. It ranks alongside the famous Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) and the Museggtürme (Musegg towers) as one of the favourite tourist attractions in Lucerne. The lion was carved into a former sandstone quarry wall from a design by B.Thorvaldsen.It represents the defeat of the Swiss Guard during the storming of the Tuileries Palace in 1792 during the French Revolution.Do not miss this on your Glacier Garden of Lucerne tour.
How to Get Tickets?
Glacier Garden of Lucerne tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth. The ticket price is 15 CHF for adults, 12 CHF for seniors/disabled/students, 8 CHF for children of 6-16 years old. For group of adults (10 persons) is 12 CHF, group of school classes (up to 16 years) is 6 CHF, group of students (with ID) is 10 CHF. For parents or grandparents with children of the family (up to 16 years) is 35 CHF. For adults on wheelchairs is 7.50 CHF, children on wheelchairs is 4 CHF, for assistants on wheelchair is 7.50 CHF. The admission fee provides entrance to the entire museum including the Mirror Maze, as well as a printed guide, available in 12 languages.
How To Get Around?
You can get around by walking, all the areas are accessible on foot. The museum is also disabled-friendly and accessible by wheelchair. There are many attractions nearby that you can reach by foot or bicycle.
What Should I Wear?
There is no special dress code to visit the museum. You can wear whatever you want to enjoy your Glacier Garden of Lucerne tour.
Best Time to Visit
Glacier Garden of Lucerne tour can be done at any time of the year. It is open at 9 am to 6 pm in April to October and 10 am to 5pm in November - March. If you want to avoid the crowd, go early in the morning when it opens.
Will I Need a Guide?
You don't need a guide to do Glacier Garden of Lucerne tour, you can find everything you need on the printed guide that are available in 12 languages. However, a guide is also available in the museum. The cost for a guide is 135 CHF/45-60 minutes with four available languages : German, English, French and Italian.
How To Get There?
The Glacier Garden is in the centre of Lucerne. From Lucerne railway station and the Old Town it takes approximately 15 mintues to walk here. Alternatively you can take bus numbers 1,19, 22 or 23 to Löwenplatz.
For reduction of ticket fees you can use personal Maestrocard or credit card with the MemberPlus logo from the Raiffeisenbank, your entrance is free.