Walking tours

Private 1.5-hour Nightwatchman walk in Medieval Lucerne

Availability: Flexible
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Language: English , German
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Admire the historic buildings in the city center at night
  • Learn about Lucerne in the middle ages with a private guide
  • Explore the narrow streets where demons and witches are said to have lived
What to expect

Start from the lobby of your hotel, the Nightwatchman (a guide dressed in medieval attire) introduces himself and tells you about his hard life in the middle ages. You will have a detailed look into the Martiniplan and dive into Lucerne’s ancient history on this 1.5-hour private walking tour (tour duration changes from 90 minutes in the summer to 60 minutes in the winter.)

On the Martiniplan, a 400 years old city map and view your nights walking route. Hear about the main city buildings and the fortification of Old Lucerne from the Nightwatchman and discover the well-preserved centuries old buildings which still attract visitors to Lucerne today. See the Kapellbrücke from 1897, the most photographed attraction in Switzerland is the Water Tower, which was built a few decades before the wooden Chapel Bridge. Then travel inside of the Water Tower and it's torture chamber.

Hear about living in the blooming Republic of Lucerne and the story of The Toggeli (Nightmare). Continue walking through the Furrengasse you learn about its Ghost and the Toggelis around him.

In Kornmarkt you'll see the Lucerne Foot and Elle on the wall of the Town Hall and learn about "Giant of Reiden". Continue to the Zöpfli, where the Nightwatchman introduces you to medieval law and order. Learn about medieval prosecution, interrogation methods, corporal punishment and death penalties.

Then, cross the Reussbrücke, pass the house of the "Swiss King", walk by the former pawn shop and the mint house to the Alte Suidtersche Apotheke.

One of the night's highlights is the Dance of Death, an art piece of seven paintings created by Jakob von Wyl. Following travel upriver and pass the Jesuitenkirche and see the town hall from before crossing the Chapel Bridge returning to your starting point, where the tour ends.

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What's included
  • Private walking tour with a Medievally dressed local guide
  • Media presentation
  • Hotel pick-up/drop off (if option is chosen at checkout)
What's not included
  • Gratuities (optional)

Rosengart Platz, 6004 Luzern, Switzerland

Meeting point:

Meet your guide at Rosengart Platz. If pick-up option is chosen at checkout your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel. Please confirm the pick-up place and time directly with the local operator. You can find their contact information in the voucher after booking.

What to remember
  • Maximum of 10 people per tour group
  • Note that there is a minimum booking number of 10 guests for this tour (prices are shown as priced per person)
  • Should you wish to take a private tour with less than 10 people, you may, but you will still be asked to pay the full group price for 10 people
  • Please confirm the pick-up place and time directly with the local operator. You can find their contact information in the voucher after booking
  • Tour is not recommended for children under the age of 13
  • The duration of the tour is 90 minutes in summer and 60 minutes in winter
  • The covered walking distance is 1.6 km which is approx. 1 mile
  • Please wear comfortable footwear, as most of the route is cobblestoned
  • The tour takes place in all weather. Please dress appropriate and/or bring an umbrella
  • The tour is wheelchair accessible
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  • Daily after sunset
  • Please see calendar for exact time
  • Note that the tour duration changes from 90 minutes in the summer to 60 minutes in the winter
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Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to a day before the activity begins.

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