1.5-Hour Small-Group Nightwatchman Walk in Medieval Lucerne

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1.5-Hour Small-Group Nightwatchman Walk in Medieval Lucerne
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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, on iPad and on postcards.
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In Brief

Location:
Luzern, Switzerland
Country:
Switzerland
Duration:
1 hour 30 minutes
Operates:

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.

 

Highlights:
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
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Itinerary
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Stop At: Peter’s Chapel, Kapellplatz 1, Lucerne 6004 Switzerland

As the tour starts you hear the fire horn followed by the invocation pray. The Nightwatchman tells you about his hard life in the middle age. With the help of a projector he introduces you to medieval Lucerne. You have a detailed look into the Martini plan, 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. You see St. Peter’s Chapel, the first church in town dating back to the 12th century. Next to it you see the first private stone house of Lucerne and you find out where the expression "stone rich" comes from.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Chapel Bridge, Kapellbruecke, Lucerne 6003 Switzerland

Did you know that the Water Tower was built some decades before the Chapel Bridge? In fact the Water Tower was built in the late 13th century while the Chapel Bridge dates back to 1365. You see pictures of the inside of the Water Tower and hear about the torture chamber, the dungeon and the secret room. Further you learn from where the Chapel Bridge got its name from.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Furrengasse, 6004 Luzern, Switzerland

You walk round the corner to Kapellplatz and hear about live in the middle age in the blooming Republic of Lucerne. Walking through the Furrengasse you learn about its Ghost and the Toggeli (Incubus aka "love robber") around him.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Kornmarkt, Old Center, Lucerne 6000 Switzerland

You arrive at the the Town Hall Square called Kornmarkt. You learn about the Renaissance Town Hall and its Tower with the clock without minute hand. You hear the story of the "Giant of Reiden" and you see the Lucerne Foot and Elle, the official measures of Old Lucerne.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Brandgässli, 6004 Luzern, Switzerland

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.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Weinmarkt, 6004 Luzern, Switzerland

On the Weinmarkt you see the old guest house signs and admire the frescos on the houses. On the former pharmacy house of Renward Cysat you read the latin sentence: "Amor medicabillis nullis herbis" which meams: "There is no cure for a broken heart."
While listening to what the Nightwatchman has to say about reformation and counter reformation, you enjoy a glass of the best water Lucerne. Then you pass the lower wine market, where once the pillory was located.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Im Zöpfli, 6004 Luzern, Switzerland

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

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Reussbrücke, Luzern, Switzerland

You pass the bridge “Reussbrücke” and you see the Spreuerbruecke (Mill Bridge), the Needle Dam and parts of the Musegg Wall.

Stop At: Alte Suidtersche Apotheke, Bahnhofstrasse 21, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland

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.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Ritterscher Palast, Bahnhofstrasse 15, Lucerne 6003 Switzerland

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.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Jesuitenkirche, Bahnhofstrasse 11a, Lucerne 6003 Switzerland

You pass the Church of the Jesuits, the first baroque building in Switzerland dating back to 1677.

Stop At: Chapel Bridge, Kapellbruecke, Lucerne 6003 Switzerland

You cross the Chapel Bridge and see the paintings and you find out why the bridge is built diagonally over the river. At the end of the bridge you reach the starting point, where the tour ends.

Duration: 10 minutes

Inclusions

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

Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Peter’s Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Alte Suidtersche Apotheke
  • Entry/Admission - Ritterscher Palast

Departure Point

Rosengart Platz, 6004 Luzern, Switzerland

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children up to twelve years old are free but must be accompanied by an adult
  • Tours take place rain, snow or shine. It is recommended to dress appropriately for the weather and bring an umbrella or rain coat.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4 out of 5 based on the last 3 recent reviews

This was a last minute tour decision but it was an excellent tour and history of the original city of Lucerne. Ralf was an excellent guide and showed us many of the original building which are still in use today and provided insight into the lives of the early owners. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to learn more about Lucerne's history and the lives of the early inhabitants.
• Submitted 29 Aug 2016
Very well done! A lot of history by a knowledgeable Watchman. A little gory at times, but overall good synopsis of the city's past.
• Submitted 06 Jun 2016
The tour was a good orientation to the city and we did learn quite a lot about the history of the city right up to the fairly recent burning of the covered bridge and its restoration. The guide/watchman walked a bit to fast for me, but it was not a major issue.
• Submitted 13 Sep 2016

In Brief

Location:
Luzern, Switzerland
Country:
Switzerland
Duration:
1 hour 30 minutes
Operates:

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.

 

Highlights:
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

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