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Bourbaki Panorama

Loewenplatz 11, Lucerne 6004, Switzerland
+41 41 412 30 30
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The Bourbaki Panorama is an enormous circular painting depicting a historic event during the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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This should be a must see!

This panorama is a piece of history which should be seen, not only for the historical display but... read more

Reviewed 8 December 2017
Kurt D
Selkirk, Canada
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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
+41 41 412 30 30
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Bourbaki Panorama is an enormous circular painting depicting a historic event during the Franco-Prussian War. We went in because the admission is free with Swiss travel pass. This place makes a good stop to get shelter from the rain. Otherwise, there is really not...More

Thank Merlion42
Reviewed 8 December 2017

This panorama is a piece of history which should be seen, not only for the historical display but also the concept of a panorama. Was included in our city museum pass. The small flea market at the base level had some interesting artisans as a...More

Thank Kurt D
Reviewed 16 October 2017

My wife and I visited this museum because it was included free with our Swiss travel pass. I'm glad we decided to check it out. The panorama is amazing. It also gives you a wonderful historical perspective of the country you are visiting. Recommended if...More

Thank SNPH
Reviewed 14 October 2017

I like art and have seen Cyclorama in Atlanta GA (burning of Atlanta) this is expensive but I felt worth the ecperience especially with movie

Thank kingofhma
Reviewed 16 September 2017

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 14 September 2017

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 13 September 2017 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 22 August 2017

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 19 August 2017 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 11 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

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