Bourbaki Panorama Lucerne – a monumental painting in the round

Bourbaki Panorama Lucerne – a monumental painting in the round


Dying soldiers, civil refugees and an army surrendering its weapons on the Swiss border in the frozen expanses of the Val de Travers: the Bourbaki Panorama is simultaneously a testimony to the media and history of warfare in the 19th century.

This cultural monument of European importance marks the episode when 87,000 soldiers of the French Army of the East under General Bourbaki, fleeing the Prussian forces in the harsh winter of 1871, were interned after crossing into Switzerland.

A visit to the Bourbaki Panorama is a journey back to the latter half of the 19th century, at a time when Switzerland was crystallising as a nation and beginning to establish a tradition of humanity, tolerance and human rights. A gripping story captured on a canvas measuring 112 × 10 metres in 1881 by the painter Edouard Castres and ten colleagues – amongst them a young Ferdinand Hodler before he became famous.

Opening hours

November to March: Monday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April to October: Monday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Location and contact

Bourbaki Panorama Luzern
Löwenplatz 11
6000 Luzern
+41 (0)41 412 30 30
Location fully accessible/usable
Wheelchair-accessible WC available