Bourbaki Panorama
Bourbaki Panorama
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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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  • Jason S
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Painting with interesting story
    This is an amazing piece of art, with a fascinating story. We paid the full price for entry (but apparently it’s free with Swiss Travel Pass). If you’re into History/Art, it’s quite unique and stunning. If you’re not, probably one you could miss.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 June 2023
  • WatchFox
    Bern, Switzerland565 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth seeing it and to learn about its creation
    Worth seeing it. A unique and great experience, especially when you find out more about the person that painted it. My tipp: Don't just go and see but find out about the story behind the panarama painting and hits creator.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Julie S
    Louisville, Colorado29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Memorable and moving
    I had never heard of the Bourbaki Panorama, but we noticed it near the famous lion statue in Lucerne. It was free with our Swiss Travel Pass, so we went and took a look. Wow!! This is the most memorable and moving piece of art I saw in five weeks of European travel. The sheer scope of it is amazing, and the story that it tells is incredibly uplifting. If you like history or art, you will enjoy this, especially if you learn about the piece by reading the brief booklet that is available near the benches.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 September 2023
  • Jeff K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2,139 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive
    The panorama is quite impressive. I was surprised to subsequently learn that it had originally been about one-third taller. There is an audio story that plays over a PA system in several different languages. We lucked out as the English version came on within 2-3 minutes of our arrival. The audio was helpful as it helped to put the Panorama scenes in better context. It did not explain anything about the war that caused the chaotic scenes, however. That seems like an obvious oversight that could have been easily covered via the audio or signage. Admission is free with a Swiss Travel Pass.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 September 2023
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john g
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Very impressed and am hour was not too long . The panoramic painting is great but there are also interactive aspects that are well worth taking time over
Written 16 October 2023
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA2,139 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The panorama is quite impressive. I was surprised to subsequently learn that it had originally been about one-third taller.

There is an audio story that plays over a PA system in several different languages. We lucked out as the English version came on within 2-3 minutes of our arrival. The audio was helpful as it helped to put the Panorama scenes in better context. It did not explain anything about the war that caused the chaotic scenes, however. That seems like an obvious oversight that could have been easily covered via the audio or signage.

Admission is free with a Swiss Travel Pass.
Written 28 September 2023
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Julie S
Louisville, CO29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
I had never heard of the Bourbaki Panorama, but we noticed it near the famous lion statue in Lucerne. It was free with our Swiss Travel Pass, so we went and took a look. Wow!! This is the most memorable and moving piece of art I saw in five weeks of European travel. The sheer scope of it is amazing, and the story that it tells is incredibly uplifting. If you like history or art, you will enjoy this, especially if you learn about the piece by reading the brief booklet that is available near the benches.
Written 8 September 2023
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t H
9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The large painting was interesting from historical view. There were several thought provoking vignette films on boundaries. This was included in my swiss travel pass, seen on rainy day. I would not have paid 15chf to do this.
Written 25 July 2023
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WatchFox
Bern, Switzerland565 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Worth seeing it. A unique and great experience, especially when you find out more about the person that painted it.
My tipp:
Don't just go and see but find out about the story behind the panarama painting and hits creator.
Written 9 July 2023
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Jason S
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This is an amazing piece of art, with a fascinating story. We paid the full price for entry (but apparently it’s free with Swiss Travel Pass). If you’re into History/Art, it’s quite unique and stunning. If you’re not, probably one you could miss.
Written 17 June 2023
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sloughrushhour
Burnham, UK95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Very interesting and different artwork. We had Swiss Travel Passes but without these it would have been expensive.
Written 23 April 2023
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permia
Ireland61,966 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Portraying the end of the Franco-Prussian in 1871 it’s a superb vivid account.

With subject matter the fleeing of a French army under Gerneral Bourbaki to neutral Switzerland after their defeat, the massive work uses dioramas to enhance the viewing.

It shows strikingly the chaos of war and its aftermath. During the flight about 11000 horses were abandoned in addition to tens of thousands of military items. All this while around 88000 soldiers found succour in Switzerland.

First exhibited in Geneva in 1881 it was relocated eight years later to its current city. Since then it has been modified twice and is now about one-third less in height.

A temporary exhibition dealing with the modern refugee crisis was also underway.
Written 18 October 2022
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S L
Singapore, Singapore29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
The Bourbaki Panorama is a beautiful panoramic painting featuring the retreat of French Troops in 1871 and their internment in Neutral Switzerland; which cemented the Swiss Neutrality in history.

If you only look at the painting alone, one is likely to miss significant elements. The painting is both beautiful and sombre as it depicts the horror of war and the triumph of kindness (through the Swiss neutrality).

If you want to understand the significance of the panorama, you should look around near to the spiral staircase entrance. In a basket there are some books which you can borrow (return when done using them) that detail in Switzerland's three languages and english about the significance of individual aspects of the panorama. For example, the presence of colonial troops, the disarmament of the French Army, etc.

I would say this visit should take no more than 30 minutes including reading the book, but if you like the serenity of the exhibit you could stay longer.

It's worthwhile stopping to at least take a look. But overall I wouldn't recommend it if such exhibits don't catch your attention to begin with, or if you don't have a Swiss Travel Pass (entrance is Free with Swiss Travel Pass).
Written 29 September 2022
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bethpindc
Washington DC, DC765 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
If you're close by the Panorama, it's worth stopping to see it. I wouldn't make a special trip, though. It's very close to the Lion Memorial.
Written 3 August 2021
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