Private Classic Lucerne City Walk

Duration: 2 hours
Destination: Switzerland, Switzerland, Lucerne
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  • 2 hours
  • Lucerne
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Discover Lucerne on a two hours comprehensive city sight seeing walking tour covering all "must have seen" attractions. In addition explore the hidden spots of classic, medieval and modern Lucerne. See the Lion Monument, climb the Musegg Wall and Towers, admire the medieval houses and fascinating murals of the historical center and enjoy an inside visit of the Ritter Palace with its profound "Danse Macabre".

Your tour starts and ends at your Hotel in the City of Lucerne.

(On Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays and Special Events the Ritter Palace is closed and can be visited from the outside only. During the winter from November to March the Musegg Wall and Towers are closed and can be visited from the outside only)

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Bourbaki Panorama, Loewenplatz 11, Lucerne 6004 Switzerland

Meet your Local Guide in the lobby of your Lucerne hotel.
After a brief introduction and explanation of the route on a city map you walk or take the public bus (free for Lucerne overnight guests) to the Lion Square.
You see the Bourbaki Museum from the outside and get a short overview of the story behind it. 

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Lion Monument, Denkmalstrasse 4, Lucerne 6006 Switzerland

A few steps further you visit the Lion Monument commemorating to the fallen Swiss Guards during the French Revolution.
At the end of the middle age and the beginning of the modern times many rulers all over Europe had a personal Swiss Guard, as the Pope still has.
Then came the enlightenment, which lead to the French Revolution starting 1789. Three years later the angry mob of Paris attacked the French Kings Palace in Paris and about 800 Swiss Guardians got killed in action.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Musegg Wall, Lucerne 6006 Switzerland

A leisurely ten minuts uphill walk takes you to the Musegg hill where you visit two of the Musegg Wall and Towers. You learn about the ancient fortification wall which dates back to the early 15. century. You climb Schirmertower, take a walk along the defense walk and climb to the top of the Clock Tower.
You feel transported back to the Middle Ages and enjoy a beautiful view over the city, the alps and the midland.
(From November to March the Musegg Wall and Towers are closed and can be visited from the outside only)

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Hirschenplatz, Hirschenpl., 6004 Luzern, Switzerland

You continue to the heart of the Old Town and see the medieval houses with their façade paintings at the Stag Square (Hirschenplatz).

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Kornmarkt, Old Center, Lucerne 6000 Switzerland

A few steps further on the Town Hall Square (Kornmarkt) you see the Town Hall and Tower dating back to the early 17th century. You learn about the impressive clock, which does without minute hand.
A stone throw further you reach the Wine Market (Weinmarkt), which once was called the Fish Market. You learn why the old city fountains carry the best spring water of Lucerne and you will taste it yourself at the oldest fountain in the city.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Reussbrücke, Luzern, Switzerland

You pass the lower Wine Market where once a pillory stood and you cross the river on the Reuss Bridge (Reussbruecke). There you see the river Reuss, the needle dam, the mill bridge (Spreuerbruecke) and two of the Musegg Towers.

Duration: 5 minutes

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

A few steps further you reach the Ritter Palace (Ritterscher Palast) for an inside visit. You learn about the history of this florentine Palazzo dating back to the 16th Century. You are guided through the “Danse Macabre” a seven paintings gallery by Jakob von Wyl. (except on Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays and Special Events when the Ritter Palace is closed and can be visited from the outside only).


Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Jesuitenkirche, Bahnhofstrasse 11a, Lucerne 6003 Switzerland

Next you come to the 17th century Jesuit Church, the first Baroque church in Switzerland. Your Guide explains the story behind it before you have the possibility to enter the church and see it from the inside. (Inside visit is restricted during mass services).

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Chapel Bridge, Kapellbruecke, Lucerne 6003 Switzerland

A few steps upriver you cross the famous Chapel Bridge (Kapellbruecke) with its Water Tower. You hear interesting details about this former city fortification bridge with its paintings and the Water Tower wich once used to be a prison. 

Duration: 10 minutes

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

Your tour ends at Rosengart Platz next to St. Peters Chapel, the first church in town dating back to the 12. century. You see the Zur Gilgen House, the first private stone house in Lucerne dating back to the early 16. century.
Finally you learn why the Chapel Bridge is called Chapel Bridge.
Your guide is available for further information about Lucerne and takes you back to your hotel by public transportation or on foot.

Duration: 5 minutes

Inclusions
  • Private Walking Tour
  • Professional Local Guide
  • Pick up and drop off at your Lucerne Hotel (within city limits)
  • Three exclusive post cards featuring Old Lucerne
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges

Exclusions
  • Public Transportation Ticket (if applicable, depending on the location of your Hotel. If you stay in a Lucerne Hotel you are entitled to free public transportation during the entire stay.
  • On Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays and Special Events the Ritter Palace is closed and can be visited from the outside only.
  • During the winter from November to March the Musegg Wall and Towers are closed and can be visited from the outside only.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Due to uneven surfaces and stairs this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • On Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays and Special Events the Ritter Palace is closed and can be visited from the outside only.
  • During the winter season from November to March the Musegg Wall and Towers are closed and can be visited from the outside only
  • 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

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick you up from any Hotel within the city limit of Lucerne. Alternatively we can pick you up at the big arch right at the Lucerne main station.

Voucher info

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

Duration

2 hours

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

User's Reviews

Alison_C

17 Aug, 2022

Ralf was very knowledgeable. The explanation of the Dance of Dead panels was perfect! We learned all about not just the history of Lucerne but also a small bit of Switzerland as well! The lion sculpture was quite impressive.

Christina_B

19 Apr, 2022

Very nice tour of the city easy walking for older members of the family and little ones as well. The private tour was excellent as we were picked up on time at the hotel and enjoyed detailed information about the city. Super nice guide - he even gave us postcards to bring home.

DimplesK22

20 Sep, 2021

Ralf was an extraordinary guide. He shared knowledge of the history of Lucerne through both stories and pictures he carried with him. He easily went between political history, religious history, art history and architectural history as we came upon the many landmarks. I highly recommend his tour as a great way to get acquainted with Lucerne—past and present.

Susan_C

08 Sep, 2021

Our tour guide, Ralph was fantastic! He showed us parts of Lucerne we wouldn't have found on our own. He shared the history of this area with us, interesting facts, and descriptions. Showed us the old town area, explained the changes throughout history, and events that occurred. He was punctual in picking us up. I highly recommend him.

shdrf

31 Jul, 2019

Our guide was Ralph and this was an excellent tour to see Lucerne in 2 hours. We went to all the major attractions and enjoyed the commentary as we ventured into the city. Highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants an oversight into the beautiful city of Lucerne.

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