1.5-Hour Small-Group Nightwatchman Walk in Medieval Lucerne | La Vacanza Travel

1.5-Hour Small-Group Nightwatchman Walk in Medieval Lucerne

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Destination: Switzerland, Kanton Luzern, Lucerne

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Lucerne
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  • Not-Cancellable


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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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

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

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • 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
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Rosengart Platz, 6004 Luzern, Switzerland

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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


1 hour 30 minutes

User's Reviews


13 Sep, 2023

Ralf was so knowledgeable about the history of Lucerne. The tour was informative and entertaining. He really brought the story of the city to life!


14 May, 2023

Our guide was very personable, knowledgeable, and courteous. He told us about aspects of Luzern that were new, despite this being my fourth trip to the city.


13 Nov, 2022

Had a wonderful evening of learning! Ralph managed to bring history to life and we thoroughly enjoyed his humour. a must-do if you are in Lucerne!


07 Sep, 2022

The tour guide was very nice and funny. Very informative and the free postcards was a nice touch. Would highly recommend


03 Aug, 2022

The Nightwatchman was an excellent guide! Had really interesting stories and gave a very unique tour. I can’t recommend this tour enough, it was a very special and unique view of Lucerne. We had been here for a few days already and this gave us a fresh look at the city

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Best tour!


Excellent and Knowledgable Guide- Great Experience


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