Bourbaki Panorama

Arts Venue and Museum in Lucerne

Bourbaki Panorama
CC BY-SA 3.0 / Leiju

An awe-inspiring panorama, a significant piece of European cultural heritage, and a representation of Switzerland’s compassionate tradition – the Bourbaki Panorama encapsulates a rich tapestry of narratives: political occurrences, personal stories, everyday experiences, and a slice of art, culture, and media history. Unquestionably, the Bourbaki Panorama stands as an authentic “visual marvel.”

The monumental historical portrayal within the Bourbaki Panorama commemorates the internment of 87,000 soldiers from the French Bourbaki army, who sought refuge in Switzerland during the harsh winter of 1871. Artist Edouard Castres, who experienced the internment firsthand as a Red Cross volunteer, masterfully captured his impressions on a grand canvas measuring 112×10 meters, completed in 1881. A visit to the museum is a simultaneous voyage into the visual culture of the late 19th century and a journey back to an era when Switzerland’s identity was shaped by its commitment to humanity, tolerance, and human rights.

The acclaimed “My Bourbaki Panorama” tablet app provides an interactive insight into the fates of individual characters, appealing to both the young and the old. Children aged five and beyond can partake in a captivating picture puzzle game, uncovering hidden objects within the vast canvas on an enthralling voyage of discovery. At the reception, you can access tablets, apps, headphones, and picture puzzles to enhance your experience.

The Bourbaki Panorama appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting Lucerne!

This website uses affiliate links which may earn a commission at no additional cost to you!

Visiting Bourbaki Panorama


April to October daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

November to March daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m


Adult CHF 15.00

Address: Bourbaki Panorama Lucerne, Löwenplatz, Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 30 minutes

Nearby Attractions