Guided tour

Lucerne: 1-Hour Historical Tour with Night Watchman

Lucerne: 1-Hour Historical Tour with Night Watchman

From US$ 30.49 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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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1 - 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
German, English
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
  • Follow the image documentation online on your smartphone
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
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are optional for this activity

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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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We were 5 adults (30, 50 and 72 years old). The "night watchman" came in an original costume with the appropriate equipment. First he explained to us what the night watchman had to do and how. Using light images that he projected on a wall, he explained the upcoming tour. Then we went through streets and alleys and we stopped at various places. To tell us his knowledge of what happened a long time ago. With a lot of humor and mischief, he made the lesson very interesting. The tour is very inexpensive and recommendable.

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November 10, 2020

That was an absolute hit. Night watchman Ralph simply entertained us with his enormous knowledge of the Middle Ages and his customs. We had two colleagues with us who weren't exactly happy with the idea of the night watchman. After five minutes of "storytelling" by Ralph, they too were under the spell of the Middle Ages ...... Really a cool number!

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November 16, 2019

Highly recommended.

We were with "Night Watchman Ralph" and I can only recommend him ... very good tour! Among other things, he had a mobile projector with him to project pictures on different house walls, just great. Since I do tours myself, I also like to go to foreign cities and see what others do ... Ralph and Lucerne get a clear one

July 6, 2019

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