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Explore medieval Lucerne on the Nightwatchman Walking Tour. See the illuminated attractions and hear the comments and background stories of the Nightwatchman. You will hear about ghosts, demons and witches and the Legend of the Riot of Lucerne. You will learn about living in Lucerne in the middle ages, you get information about law and order of that time. The Nightwatchman Guide is dressed in medieval style and equipped with a traditional Swiss halberd. He takes you through narrow streets and hidden places of the historic Centre of Lucerne. The tour is surrounded by pictures presented with a projector and on iPad.


As the tour starts you hear the fire horn followed by the invocation pray. The Nightwatchman introduces himself and tells you about his hard life in the middle ages. You have a detailed look into the Martiniplan, the first city map of Lucerne, dating from 1597. You see the route on the map and you will discover that many of the buildings on the map are still here today.

Did you know that the Water Tower was built long before the Chapel Bridge? In fact the Water Tower was built in the late 13th Century and the Chapel Bridge dates back to the 14th Century. You see pictures of the inside of the Water Tower and hear about the torture chamber, the dungeon and the secret room.

Right next to the Chapel Bridge you see St. Peter’s Chapel, the first church in town dating back to the 12 Century. You walk round the corner to Kapellplatz and hear about live in Middle Ages in the blooming Republic of Lucerne. Walking through the Furrengasse you learn about its Ghost and the Toggelis around him.

You arrive at the square at the town hall and see the Lucerne Foot and Elle on the Tower of the Town Hall. You hear the story of the "Giant of Reiden". In the Brandgässli Alley you get to know about the Riot of Lucerne before you continue to the former fish market, known today as the wine market.

While listening to what the Nightwatchman has to say, you enjoy a glass of the best water Lucerne. Then you pass the lower wine market, where once the pillory was located.

Right at the riverside square called “Zöpfli”, you hear about law and order in old Lucerne. You learn about the methods of prosecution, interrogation and corporal punishment of the Middle Ages in Lucerne.

You pass the bridge “Reussbrücke” which goes back to the 12th Century. Then you continue alongside the House of Ludwig Pfyffer, called the “Swiss King”. A few steps further you arrive at the breathtaking medieval pharmacy window of the “Alte Suidtersche Apotheke”. The Nightwatchman tells you more about the house and the location.

As you continue the Nightwatchman shows you some “guardian Demons”. You stop at the legendary house of Lux Ritter and you hear why the first two floors look different than the third one. Then you hear the story of “Hans von Trient”, the unlucky stonemason.

Another Highlight is the presentation of the seven paintings of the Dance of Death. You will see the pictures projected on a house wall and you hear details about from your Guide.

You pass the Church of the Jesuits, the first baroque building in Switzerland. You have a stop to get another view of the town hall and hear details about the architecture of that building. You cross the Chapel Bridge and see the paintings. At the end of the bridge you reach the starting point, where the tour ends.

  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland

Duration: 90 minutes

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    Regular tours in English take place on Tuesdays from May to October.
    Regular tours in German take place up to three times a week (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) from April to October.


    Departure Point:
    Central Lucerne

    Departure Time: The tours start shortly after sunset:
    01 April - 16 April: 8:30pm
    17 April - 14 May: 9pm
    15 May - 06 August: 9:30pm
    07 August - 20 August: 9pm
    21 August - 03 September 8:30pm
    04 September - 01 October 8pm
    02 October - 31 October 7:30pm

    Return Details:
    Returns to original departure point

  • Inclusions:
    • Local guide
    • Walking tour
    • Some exclusive post cards featuring Old Lucerne
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges

  • Exclusions:
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities (optional)

  • Other Information:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children up to twelve years old are free but must be accompanied by an adult
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Tours take place rain, snow or shine. It is recommended to dress appropriately for the weather and bring an umbrella or rain coat.

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