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Bourbaki Panorama

Lowenplatz 11, Lucerne 6006, Switzerland
+41 41 412 30 30
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Lucerne best kept secret

This place takes your breath away. It is staggering, a 100 metres portrait of a French army in... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2017
Cotswolds UK
via mobile

I really surprised at how good this was. There are models and props in the foreground, that just... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2017
Brisbane, Queensland
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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.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good35%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Lowenplatz 11, Lucerne 6006, Switzerland
+41 41 412 30 30
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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
Reviewed 2 July 2017

We had previously visited the Atlanta Cyclorama, one of the few other surviving historic panorama paintings. So we weren't expecting the Bourbaki Panorama to be more than mildly interesting. We were pleasantly surprised to find it fascinating! For one thing, the viewer's perspective is more...More

Thank CoralReef
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

It is a pity the original structure is hidden behing an ugly grey modern structure. Also, the lady at the counter told us she would play the tape in our language but it never came through. If you are short in time, you easily skip...More

Thank FleurNastia
Reviewed 15 June 2017

We only stuck our heads in because it was free...would have been mad to pay for this. I get the history behind it, but it was nothing more than a giant winter scene. Don't bother, look up the story online and save your Euro.

Thank Jennifer L
Reviewed 4 May 2017

WE are not museum folks, but with rainy, snowy skies, we purchased the Lucerne Museum Pass and went to this museum because it was included. We watched the introduction film then went on to see the 360 panorama painting. We were fascinated by the 4...More

Thank Monicajax
Reviewed 29 April 2017

If you like history, you will love this attraction, which tells the story of the internment of French soldiers during the war of 1870-1. The panorama itself is impressive, and the multimedia explanatory material is very well-done, with the stories of participants of the events...More

Thank BarbaraMartin74
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Many times my wife and I went to something with a speaker/announcer or a recording and it was in a foreign language. After getting our free tickets using our Swiss Pass the woman at the desk explained to us that when the German recording ends...More

Thank Nicholas P
Reviewed 4 March 2017

We entered the Bourbaki panorama not quite knowing what to expect but actually encountered a moving 3D 360 degrees panorama of the 1871 surrender of General Bourbaki’s French army of 87,000 to the Swiss during the Franco Prussian war. They were on their last legs...More

Thank Archaeobuff
Reviewed 11 January 2017

My golly, it was in foreign language ! you sit there in front of a round screen that doesnt change and the kids were bored. It was saying something very interesting, but if its in a foreign language, kids cant understand.

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