Guided tour

Lucerne: 1-Hour Historical Tour with Night Watchman

4.9 / 5

85 reviews

Activity provider: citytrip AG
Guided tour

Lucerne: 1-Hour Historical Tour with Night Watchman

Activity provider: citytrip AG

From US$ 32.64 per person

Immerse yourself in the history of Lucerne on this 1-hour tour with a night watchman as your guide. Learn interesting facts about the city and its sights, and experience an exciting journey into medieval Lucerne.

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Duration 1 - 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup optional
The lobby of your hotel. Pick-up is only available from within Lucerne city limits.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group available


  • Learn interesting facts about Lucerne and its sights
  • Discover life in medieval Lucerne
  • Listen to interesting stories about the Swiss art of war and the mercenaries
  • Find out more about law and order in the Middle Ages
  • Experience an exciting and informative tour with the aid of old and new media
Full description
Discover the historical city of Lucerne on this tour with a night watchman. Start the tour on the right bank of the river by the Chapel Bridge. Listen to the fire horn, followed by the call of the night watchman. Listen to the exciting tales of the night watchman about his life, the Lucerne Chronicle of Diebold Schilling, the brilliant engraver Martin Martini, the stonemason Hans von Trient and his adversary Luzius Ritter, as well as other personalities from Lucerne’s past. At the beginning of the tour you can look at the route and attractions on the city map by Martini from 1597. Discover Kapellplatz and walk along Furrengasse to Kornmarkt. Here you can admire the Luzerner Elle and the Luzerner Fuß in the wall of the town hall. Hear the story about the giant of Reiden before continuing on along Brandgässli, which recalls the night of fire in 1833. Stop by the guild house of dressmakers and learn all about the legend of the night of murder in Lucerne. A few steps further is the wine market, where the night watchman brings you closer to the Swiss art of war. See the linden tree, where the pillory and the bank once stood, and listen to information about the court order, legal violations, and interrogation techniques. If time allows, you can stop at Zöpfli, one of the most beautiful places on the river in the old town. The route then continues on over Reuss Bridge, past the first Mint to the breathtaking display window of the medieval Alte Suidtersche Apotheke. Continue on to Ritter Palace and the story of Hans von Trient and his adversary Lux Ritter. Watch the dance of death by Jakob von Wal and stroll up the river across the Chapel Bridge back to the starting point.
  • Guided tour with a night watchman
  • Transfers
Not suitable for
  • Children under 10 years

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Meeting point

Rosengartplatz by Lucerne Rathausquai by the Chapel Bridge on the right bank of the river

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  • The tour covers a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometers. Please wear comfortable footwear
  • The tour takes place in all weather. Please bring an umbrella or waterproof jacket
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4.9 /5

based on 85 reviews

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This was a wonderful tour! Ralph was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The tour is full of medieval history and the stories about the places we visited are fascinating and engaging. Ralph had the best visual aids and I learned so much. He answered all questions I had, he knew everything! This was my favourite thing I did in Lucerne! If you like beautiful architecture, historical buildings and squares, and passionate stories, this is the best tour!

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March 27, 2023

Excellent guided history tour of Lucerne by night watchman Ralf. Went over what the city was like several centuries ago in terms of construction, judicial history, dad to day life, and art history. The small group size, 11 people, made it more personalized. Thank you Ralf!

March 27, 2023

Der Nachtwächter Ralf führt einem auf einem Spaziergang durch die Altstadt von Luzern, zeigt Dinge an Häusern, die man sonst gar nicht beachten würde. Er informiert einem über das Leben im Mittelalter in Luzern und bringt historische Tatsachen und heitere Anekdoten auf eine sehr unterhaltsame und informative Weise an die Teilnehmer. Die einenhalb Stunden vergehen wie im Flug.

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March 27, 2023

Product ID: 46649