Looking from north to south, this stunning bird’s-eye-view spans the length of Lake Lucerne (German: Vierwaldstättersee; French: Lac des Quatre-Cantons), with the city of Lucerne itself situated on the right side, where the lake drains into the river Reuss. Lucerne, like the other cities and towns on the map, is illustrated with great accuracy, clearly showing its principal urban features, including the famous Chapel Bridge.

Lake Lucerne has a complicated shape, with several sharp bends and four arms extending in four different valleys, all related to the conformation of the adjoining mountains. The great achievement of this view is to capture the complicated geography of this region in remarkable detail, employing a sophisticated shading relief technique. This is a work of art and science that demonstrates the great advances in mapping and engraving made in the 19th century.