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Lion Monument
Top 1 in Can't Miss Attractions

556 Reviews
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Open Open 24 hours
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 15-30 minutes
Address: Denkmalstrasse 4, Lucerne 6006, Switzerland
Phone: +41-41-2271717

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Lion monument is designed by the Danish sculptor, bateer David tovar, sen, and in the natural rock carving out of a great lion like dying, to commemorate on August 10, 1792, to protect the family of the French king Louis xvi of safe and sacrifice 786 loyal Swiss mercenaries. Image dying lion lion monument is engraved on a shallow holes, a dying lion with an expression of sorrow and pain, feebly prostrate on the floor, a long sharp arrow struck deeply into his back, his front PAWS and hold the broken spear and shield, the shield respectively symbolize the Swiss cross badge on vetiver iris markers and the French royal family.

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  • Audrey F
    Audrey F
    Commerce Twp, MI

    Learning about the Lion

    It most certainly isn't a monument to a lion. It is so much more and one much pick up a pamphlet or do some reading before visiting the Monument. Knowing the story and the length of time it took to...

    Reviewed on /Date(1600953371000+0800)/
  • simonnike
    Dallas, TX

    Beautiful and moving

    This was much larger than I expected. It’s quite a beautiful and moving monument. No entrance fee. There were not many people there. It was easier to take pics in the evening (fully in the shadows).

    Reviewed on /Date(1597280825000+0800)/
  • Jason T
    Jason T
    Adelaide, Australia

    Worth your time to visit

    We stayed at the Hotel Monopole opposite the train station so to give perspective it is about a 20 min walk away. Despite their being restoration and upgrade works at the time, this did not distract u...

    Reviewed on /Date(1595984848000+0800)/
  • MaulinParekh
    Mumbai, Maharashtra, India


    Jun 20: The lion monument is again a walking distance from our hotel de la paix. This is a fabulously carving done within the cliff. There is a history behind this - do read that and marvel at the lio...

    Reviewed on /Date(1590886637000+0800)/
  • Ryan F
    Ryan F

    Easy walk and must-see while in Lucerne

    This is a unique and unexpected monument to find in a city like Lucerne -- this is very much worth seeking out and visiting while in town and there's a great story behind it, too.

    Reviewed on /Date(1583909605000+0800)/

Additional Information


The Lion Monument, aka the Lion of Lucerne, is a rock relief commemorating Swiss Guards massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution. The giant sculpture is 6 m high and 10 m long. The upright wall of rock is the remains of a quarry exploited over centuries in the building of Lucerne. The statue sees a regal lion dying from a spear wound which is marked by a shield bearing the emblem of the French monarchy. Mark Twain once described the monument as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.” Standing there, it is impossible not to feel a sense of grief and wonder. It's a truly moving experience.
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