Private 1.5-Hour Nightwatchman Walk in Medieval Lucerne

Duration: 60 to 90 minutes
Destination: Switzerland, Luzern, Lucerne
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  • 60 to 90 minutes
  • Lucerne
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  • Cancellable

Overview

Discover medieval Lucerne with your private guide on your Nightwatchman walking tour. Learn about the history of the Nightwatchman and see the illuminated attractions. You'll be told about the Legend of the Riot of Lucerne and will hear about ghosts, demons and witches. Imagine what it was like to live in Lucerne in the middle ages and get information about the law and order of that time. Your private Nightwatchman guide is dressed in medieval style and equipped with a traditional Swiss halberd. He will guide 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.

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

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."


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

Stop At: Reussbrücke, Luzern, Switzerland

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

Duration: 10 minutes

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
  • Professional guide
  • Private tour
  • Some postcards of old Lucerne
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)

Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option is not selected)
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Peter’s Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Kornmarkt
  • Entry/Admission - Alte Suidtersche Apotheke
  • Entry/Admission - Ritterscher Palast
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • During the Winter (November-March) the tour duration is 1 hour
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • As the tours are taking place outdoor there is no mask and no COVID Certificate required. Your guide is COVID vaccinated.
Departure Point

Rosengart Platz, 6004 Luzern, Switzerland
Traveler pickup is offered


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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

Duration

60 to 90 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Leah B

19 May, 2019

My husband friends and I did this tour in early May and Ralf was a wonderful story teller and made the evening interesting and enjoyable teaching us about Lucerne and it's history while walking the streets. Thank you Ralf! Leah, Nick and friends

JudySJC

29 Mar, 2019

An interesting and entertaining historic tour of the city. Everyone enjoyed it. The “watchman” was very knowledgeable.

lynn g

27 Aug, 2015

This was a great tour! Rolf was awesome- it is evident he truly loves his country and Lucerne. He provided humorous details as well as recommendations for other things to see,,, the night walk added a perfect amount of mystery to the tour...another must do especially for history buffs!!!

Margaret S

07 Oct, 2017

Rolf was amazing. It was a drizzly evening but it didn't detract from his ability to take us back in time. He pointed out the historic buildings and explained the significance of murals, unique characteristics of buildings, historical details, putting details into perspective. Earlier in the day we had rambled through the Old Town but we had missed so many details. He used a projector to highlight aspects of history and art.. He also gave suggestions of some non tourist places to eat that would be less expensive. Great tour.

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