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Bourbaki Panorama

Loewenplatz 11, Lucerne 6004, Switzerland
+41 41 412 30 30
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Lovely 19th cent Panoramic painting crowded with 21st cent technology

The original realist masterpiece of a painting wraps the interior of its circular home in the heart... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
stevespryte
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Los Angeles, California
Interesting to see on the way to see the lion

This panoramic offers tourists a slice of Swiss history. It is located just before the famous lion... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jane M
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Hackensack, New Jersey
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This gigantic panoramic work by Edouard Castres from 1881 is 112 metres long and 10 metres high and is one of the most impressive spectacles in the history of the Panorama medium..It depicts the eastern French army under General Bourbaki during.its memorable escape to Switzerland during the Franco-Prussian War in.the harsh winter of 1871. The internment.of the 87,000-strong battalion is regarded as the largest admission of refugees ever carried out by Switzerland. A sculptured terrain with figures and props is placed in front of the painting, giving the entire scene a remarkable three-dimensional effect. This huge space depicts the huge mass of people as well as many individual fates and humanitarian acts. Edouard Castres, who produced the painting, was an “embedded” artist in a sense as he accompanied the army as a Red Cross volunteer.
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Loewenplatz 11, Lucerne 6004, Switzerland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The original realist masterpiece of a painting wraps the interior of its circular home in the heart of the 19th century section of Luzern, very close to the Old Swiss House Restaurant. The painting depicts the end of a war between French and Prussian troops,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This panoramic offers tourists a slice of Swiss history. It is located just before the famous lion carving, so it is easy to combine the two sites. Entrance is included with the Swiss travel pass.

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Reviewed May 11, 2018

Had seen panorama painting before but this one was one step higher, with the exhibition and then the painting with sound and effects. Very interesting.

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Reviewed May 9, 2018

A unique concept, given the circular shape of the structure & located in a central part of the city, Bourbaki Panorama lures you with its richness & attractiveness!

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Reviewed March 23, 2018

I try and visit well-known art whenever we travel, and this is unlike anything I've ever seen. Depicting the French army's retreat during the end of the Franco-Prussian War (in which 87,000 injured, ill and starving soldiers & refugees were systematically accepted and tended by...More

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Reviewed March 18, 2018

Interactive unique attraction with free ipad rental to better explain the painting and make the visit interactive.

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Reviewed March 5, 2018

A remarkable undertaking, but it's a bit unusual to be the sole feature of a museum. The presentation has been enhanced with sounds and narration, and some of the artwork is not painted, but is material reproduced in the foreground. The video presentation on the...More

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Reviewed February 11, 2018

Before visiting this place, I had no idea what panoramas were, as an art form. It is rather deceptively located and since most people's first choice is to visit the Löwendenkmal (Lion Monument) just up the street, it can be easily missed. But once inside,...More

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Reviewed January 31, 2018

This was a very impressive piece of art and a very nice memorial/monument to the soldiers of the war, but it wasn't really my style. We only went because the Swiss Pass made it free and it was hailed as a must-see in Lucerne. Would...More

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Reviewed January 28, 2018

Stumbled upon this exhibit with my mom as we were touring Luzern. It was included in the Swiss Travel pass, so it was free for us! Otherwise it's about 12 francs. It has 2 floors - one where you see an exhibit that has a...More

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