Guided tours

Various thematic guided tours in front of and behind the scenes provide visitors with exciting details about the history of the Bourbaki Panorama and of the values it represents in Swiss society. All guided tours are offered in English, German, French, Italian and in other languages on request. As in a hidden-object picture (Wimmelbild), numerous individual fates are depicted in the enormous painting. 

On various themed guided tours in front of and behind the scenes, visitors learn exciting details about the history of the Bourbaki Panorama and the values it stands for in our society. All guided tours are generally offered on de / fr / en / it; other languages on request. Other topics that we can explore in greater depth in guided tours are the Red Cross, aspects of art history, Swiss military history, media aspects from the panorama to virtual reality.  We are also happy to arrange an individual tour for groups.

You have the possibility to organize afternoon tea or coffee, an aperitif, a welcome drink or an absinth degustation before or after a guided tour. Don’t hesitate to contact our event team for suggestions and recommendations. 


Bourbaki Panorama
Löwenplatz 11
CH–6004 Luzern

T +41 41 412 30 30
F +41 41 412 30 31

Our guided tours

We would be delighted to welcome you on one of our public tours: Agenda public tours 2021 (in German).
We reserve the right to make changes at short notice due to the pandemic. Please consult our website or contact us prior to the tour for details of the tour. Tours are subject to a maximum number of participants. In any case, we recommend booking at or 041 412 30 30. Participation at short notice is possible, but places cannot be guaranteed.

Contact us without obligation with your tour request for a private group tour.


Private guided tours

We accompany you on an one hour excursion to the Val-de-Travers located in the Swiss part of the Jura mountain range, in the canton of Neuchatel (NE). The visitor is sent back to end of the 19th century, a time when people used to satiate their appetites for visual sensations by visiting panoramas. 
We guide you through the events that took place during the winter of 1871. The Bourbaki Panorama – a European cultural monument – stands for humanity and solidarity. An astonishing story which has marked the Swiss identity until today. 

Content: standard tour about the history and the media panorama
Duration: 60 minutes

The Bourbaki Panorama and the Lion Monument are two monuments of national importance which testify to the self-discovery of the Swiss identity. Separated by just 60 years they reveal the nation on its way to becoming a humanitarian state. 

Content: Bourbaki Panorama and Lion Monument
Duration: 75 minutes

We would be pleased to accompany you and your school class on a trip to the Val de Travers in the Jura. We narrate what happened in the winter of 1871. The painting in the Bourbaki Panorama – a European cultural monument – stands as a symbol of humanity and solidarity. A gripping story that still influences Switzerland and its values.

Content: Bourbaki Panorama adapted for each grade
Duration: 30 minutes

Complement the school tour with the new educational app “My Bourbaki Panorama”, which was created especially for schoolchildren. It is regarded as a pioneering project for the conveying of history and was awarded the Worlddidac Award 2016 and the Swisscom ICT Innovation Award. Further information can be found in the section App.

Prices private guided tours


Around the panorama 150.00
National identities 240.00
School tour  100.00
Absinthe degustation (price per person) 18.00

Around the panorama 200.00
Behind the scenes 230.00

Further guided tours are available outside the opening hours on request.

All prices are listed in Swiss Francs (CHF) and apply for groups up to 25 persons. From 25 persons on we offer tours with two guides.

We are glad to answer any enquiries by email or T +41 41 412 30 30.