Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) Lucerne. Photo: TES.

The Glacier Garden in Lucerne

The glacier in Lucerne was discovered in 1872 and is one of the city’s major attractions. The history of this glacier began 20 million years ago when Lucernce was situated on the beaches of the sea. Climate change came, and the glacier resulted from the last ice age 20,000-10,000 years ago.

The complex contains the Gletschergarten (Glacier Garden), a Spiegellabyrinth, a Museum, an Alpenpark and the new world of rock formations (Felzenwelt).

After global warming and with periods of colder fluctuations, the glacier dried up 10,000 years ago. The Glaciergarden shows a unique geological insight into the influences of weather, wind, rocks and climate (changes).

The Glacial Potholes

The model of a glacier mill (Gletschermühle) with rotating grindstone from 1896 to explain teh origin of glacial potholes (Gletschertöpfe) is outdated, but the model functions for water/grindstone erosion, see below in the Felsenwelt!

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Replica of a Hut of the Schweizer Alpen Club (SAC), built in 1896, with a realistic view (Diorama) of the Gornier Glacier above Zermatt.

The exposition

The World of Rocks

The erosion of the glacier by water and grindstone

The Labyrinth of  Mirrors

The labyrinth of mirrors, dating from 1896 and based on the Alhambra mirrors in Granada.

The Founders