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Private Nightwatchman Walk in Medieval Lucerne

By Nightwatchman and classic city tours of Lucerne


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  • Easy edutainment themed walk through historical Lucerne

  • The attractions of the historic city centre

  • Medieval law and order

  • The “Danse Macabre” (Dance of Death) by Jakob von Wyl

  • Pictures presented on Postcards, iPad and Projector

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About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Guided theme walking tour of historical Lucerne

  • What's included

    Three exclusive post cards of Old Lucerne

  • What's excluded

    Transfer to/from meeting point

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  • Minimum starting age is 13 years

What you can expect

As the tour starts you see the Night Watchman Ralf blowing his fire horn followed by the Nightwatchman prayer. Ralf introduces himself and tells you about his hard life in medieval Lucerne. You get a post card showing the Martini plan, a 400 years old copper engraving of Lucerne. The Night Watchman shows you the route of tonight’s walking tour. He also tells you about the main city buildings and the fortification of Old Lucerne.

You will discover that many of the buildings have been well kept over the centuries and still attract the Lucerne visitor of today. A few steps around the corner, Ralf hands out a postcard showing a part of the city fortification wall as it looked around 1835. Walking through the Furrengasse-Alley you learn about its Ghost and the Toggelis around him.

On the Town Hall square you hear the story of the “Giant of Reiden”. On the Town Hall wall you see the Lucerne Foot and Elle, the official measures of Old Lucerne. In the Brandgässli-Alley you get to know about the Riot of Lucerne before you reach the Wine Market. A few steps further on the lower Wine Market you see the first court place of Lucerne where once the pillory was located.

You continue to the Zoepfli, where the Nightwatchman introduces you to medieval law and order. Learn about medieval prosecution, interrogation methods, corporal punishment and death penalties. You cross the Reussbruecke and walk to the “Alte Suidtersche Apotheke”, one of the nicest gothic houses in Lucerne. You see the display window of the medieval pharmacy.

A few steps further you see the legendary house of Lux Ritter and you may ask yourself why the first two floors look different than the third floor. The Nightwatchman knows. Listen to the story of the unlucky mason of Hans of Trient. One of tonight's highlight is the “Danse Macabre” (Dance of Death), an art piece of seven paintings created by Jakob von Wyl around 1610. See the pictures on the projector and listen to what the Nightwatchman has to tell you about it.The tour will end at the end of the Chapel Bridge at Rosengartplatz.


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Activity Location

  • Lucerne Lucerne

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Rosengartplatz on Rathausquai, right next to the Chapel Bridge on the right hand riverside, Lucerne (or at your Lucerne Hotel, if option selected)
  • Rathausquai
  • Luzern Luzern

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