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Bourbaki Panorama

Lucerne, Switzerland
+41 41 412 30 30
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Very interesting, worth a visit

At first we just went in there to get out of the rain. However, this is amazing and well worth a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Ursula Q
Really enjoyed this

Very well done and interesting. Being from the U.S. A, I am not that knowledgeable about this... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
The Villages, Florida
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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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  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Lucerne, Switzerland
+41 41 412 30 30
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Reviewed 3 days ago

At first we just went in there to get out of the rain. However, this is amazing and well worth a visit. The panorama is beautiful and has been painted with so much love for detail that you can spend a long time looking at...More

Thank Ursula Q
Reviewed 5 days ago

Very well done and interesting. Being from the U.S. A, I am not that knowledgeable about this particular war. The panorama is beautiful and the movie is good. Learned a lot just reading the different information panels. Covered by the Swiss travel pass.

Thank Susan612
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were visiting the Dying Lion and this is nearby, oddly wrapped in a circular commercial/library building. Search inside and you will find the entrance. It is a large 1881 circular painting commemorating a battle in the Franco-Prussian War. It is very similar in design...More

Thank GPBurdell67
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived 30 minutes before closing, and the information lady was very friendly. She recommended that we take the audio headset and go to the top floor where the panorama is. It was perfect!

Thank mansard1819
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a panorama view of the culture of the Franco-Prussian War of 1871 when over 80,000 French soldiers surrender and were offered asylum in Switzerland! It was very moving! Cost is $12CHF per adult or purchase the suggest get the Museum Pass for $36CHF...More

Thank Tranquillo
Reviewed 10 August 2017

This attraction is a 360-degree painting an actual piece of Swiss history. It depicts French troops surrendering to the Swiss army after they were defeated by the Germans in 1871. The Swiss exhibit compassion to the French, and do everything they can to assist the...More

1  Thank CAChris33
Reviewed 4 August 2017

we took a lot of time here enjoying this. we took our time and learned so much about this time in history. don't rush through - it is worth really reading the information and studying the painting. well done. we loved it!

Thank Emily H
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Beyond the artistic value of the Bourbaki Panorama, which has now gained in threedimensionality, the place has a touching feel to it. In this day and age where everyone cares only about their own business and material gain, this is a reminder that solidarity in...More

Thank Ignimbrite
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

This place takes your breath away. It is staggering, a 100 metres portrait of a French army in retreat (90,000) which the Swiss looked after for 6 weeks. Yes it portrays the Swiss compassion and their love of money receiving a large sum from the...More

Thank PandPCotswoldsUK
Reviewed 14 July 2017

I really surprised at how good this was. There are models and props in the foreground, that just dissolve into the painting. You can see it all from the top floor looking down at the models and across at the painting; and downstairs, you are...More

Thank seagullrob
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