Nightwatchman Walk


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Historic city sightseeing theme walk focussing on medieval Lucerne and the Swiss Confederation from the 12th to the 18th century.

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Highlights
- The attractions of the historic city centre
- Lucerne in the middle ages
- Medieval law and order
- The Dance of Death by Jakob von Wyl
- Pictures presented on Paper, iPad and Projector

Prices Public Tours
CHF 25.- Adults
CHF 15.- Teenagers (13 - 19 years old)

Prices Private Tours
Request by mail (ralf@citytrip.ch) or book with Tripadvisor or GetYourGuide with instant confirmation. 
CHF 200.- Private Tour (up to 10 Persons)
CHF 10.- Each additional Person

Duration and Length
Approx. 90 Minutes / approx. 1,6 km / 1 mile

Meeting Point
Rathausquai/Rosengartplatz next to the Chapel Bridge, right-hand riverside

Inclusions
Walking Tour with english speaking Local Guide, media presentation

Not Included
Transfers to/from Meeting point

Description
The tour starts with the fire horn followed by the Nightwatchman call. Here you go. Nightwatchman Ralf introduces himself and tells you about his live in the middle ages.

You see the Martiniplan, a 400 years old city map and you hear from Martin Martini the genius copper engraver, counterfeiter and loudmouth.

Martiniplan
The Martini Plan of 1597
The Night Watchman shows you tonight's walking route on the Martini map. 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.

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The Kapellbrücke, 1897
The most photographed attraction in Switzerland is the Water Tower, which was built a few decades before the wooden Chapel Bridge.
You get to know about the inside of the Water Tower, the torture chamber, the dungeon and the secret room.




The Toggeli (The Nightmare)
A few steps around the corner, you hear about living in the blooming Republic of Lucerne.

Walking through the Furrengasse you learn about its Ghost and the Toggelis around him.

On Kornmarkt you see the Lucerne Foot and Elle on the wall of the Town Hall. You hear the story of the "Giant of Reiden".

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The Riot of Lucerne
In the Brandgässli Alley you get to know about the Riot of Lucerne before you reach the lower wine market, where once the pillory was located.

You 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 you 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. There you see the 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 von Trient, also known as Giovanni Lynzo.

One of tonight's highlight is the Dance of Death, an art piece of seven paintings created by Jakob von Wyl. See the pictures and listen to what the Nightwatchman has to tell you about it.

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The Dance of the Dead by Jacob von Wyl, Panel 2.
You continue upriver and pass the Jesuitenkirche. You see the town hall from another point of view, while the Night Watchman tells you about the special feature on the architecture of that Renaissance building.

You cross the Chapel Bridge to the starting point, where you hear from the warfare and some of the wars of the Swiss Confederation and where the tour ends.


More information
The tour is presented audio-visually in words and pictures.
In addition you have the possibility to follow the tour pictures on your own mobile device.
Most of the route is cobblestoned.
The tour is wheelchair accessible.