Chapel Bridge, Lucerne Walking tours

Our most recommended Chapel Bridge, Lucerne Walking tours

Lucerne: 1-Hour Historical Tour with Night Watchman

1. Lucerne: 1-Hour Historical Tour with Night Watchman

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.

Lucerne: Classic City Walking Tour

2. Lucerne: Classic City Walking Tour

Your local guide will welcome you at the reception of your hotel in Lucerne before briefing you on the route on a city map and providing all the information you need about your tour. You will then depart to the Bourbaki Museum, where your guide will provide you with historical information about it. Following this, you will continue to the Lion Monument, which represents a dying lion and commemorates the fallen Swiss mercenaries who died in the storm of the Royal Palace in the turmoil of the French Revolution. A walk of about 10 minutes will take you to the hill of the Musegg Wall, the still preserved part of the outer city fortification of medieval Lucerne. You will visit the "Schirmerturm" and the "Zeitturm" with its clockwork from the late Middle Ages. You will learn interesting facts about Swiss history, the wars of liberation, the territorial expansion policy and the armed neutrality that still applies today. After encountering the city center, you will have the chance to visit the wine market which hosts the city's oldest fountain. You’ll drink pure Pilatus spring water and learn from your city guide why the old town well flows the best water in the city of Lucerne. Afterwards, continue through the legendary Furrengasse to Peterskapelle, the first church in the city of Lucerne, which dates back to the founding of the city in the 12th century. You will stroll across the world-famous Chapel Bridge to the other river side of the historic center. Afterwards, visit the Jesuit Church and visit this first baroque church in Switzerland from the inside (except during church services). Just a few steps further on you will reach the cantonal government building, the former Ritter's Palace and the city's most imposing Renaissance palazzos. During your visit, you will see the courtyard with the loggias and marvel at the beautiful stone carvings of the unfortunate stonemason "Hans von Trient". You can then enjoy the presentation of the seven paintings which show the Dance of Death (Danse Macabre). This famous Renaissance art work was created around 1610 by Jakob von Wyl.

Private Medieval Walk in the Historic Centre of Lucerne

3. Private Medieval Walk in the Historic Centre of Lucerne

The walk starts at the meeting point with the introduction of the Medieval Guide. Learn about his life and work. Listen to what he has to tell you about Diebold Schilling, Martinus Martini, Hans von Trient, Luzius Ritter and other important people of the blooming City and Republic of Lucerne. You get familiar with the first tourist map of Lucerne, the Martini Plan of 1597. The guide shows you the route of the walk on the map and describes the main attractions along the way. The itinerary takes you from the meeting point round the corner to the Kappelplatz (chapel square). You walk through the Furrengasse to the Kornmarkt to see the Lucerne measure units foot and elle. Then you walk through the Brandgässli and listen to the story of the riot of Lucerne. On Weinmarkt you learn about our weapons and war fare. You will find out why all European rulers wanted to have Swiss mercenary. On the lower Weinmarkt you see the location of the first court, pillory and execution place in Lucerne. You learn about our interrogation methods, punishment and witches. You have a short stop at the "Zöpfli", the number one riverside place to relax in the historic center of Lucerne. (You might come back to this place to have a refreshing foot bath in the river Reuss or to enjoy your own picnic. Ask the guide. He knows where to buy affordable food nearby). Then you cross the Reussbrücke, the first bridge in Lucerne, located at the most narrow point of the river. You pass the first Mint House and stop at the breathtaking medieval display window of the Suidtersche Pharmacy. Nex stop is the Ritterscher Palace. Listen to the thru story of the Ritterscher Palace and the outcome of the irregularities between the bad mayor and the sorry mason. Then you continue alongside the river and cross the Chapel Bridge to the Meeting Point. This is your last opportunity to ask questions to the guide, a handsome local. The tour is framed with pictures, to be seen on the guide's iPad or your own mobile device (needs own internet access). 

Lucerne: Private 2-Hour Historical Walking Tour

4. Lucerne: Private 2-Hour Historical Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in Lucerne's vibrant history on a walking tour with a passionate local tour guide. Begin your tour at the historical museum, located right in the heart of the city, and embark on a journey through various time periods and their corresponding architectural styles as you discover some of Lucerne's most important buildings. Learn more about how the city has changed over time and get off the beaten track as you visit churches and much more. Discover the fascinating history behind the Musegg Wall and Leodegal Church and encounter sites that a normal tour group would not visit. During the tour, benefit from the knowledge and experience of an insider local guide who will share insider tips and the city's best-kept secrets with you. Feel free to inform your guide of any particular interests or desires you may have as they will be happy to adjust the itinerary to your requirements.

Lucerne: Art and Culture Tour with a Local Guide

5. Lucerne: Art and Culture Tour with a Local Guide

Immerse yourself in Lucerne's booming art and cultural scene on a private tour with a local guide and learn everything there is to know about the KKL, a cultural venue that attracts thousands of art lovers from all over the globe each year. This tour is perfect for both first-time visitors to Lucerne and returning tourists who want to go beneath the surface of the city. As you wander around the streets of the city, admire amazing street art and learn more about the city’s galleries and museums as well as hearing about several local artists. Don't miss the opportunity to discover the most significant cultural and historical insights and details of the colorful and multi-faced Lucerne while you dive into the art and culture of the city from a local perspective.

Lucerne: Water Tower Ticket with Private Guided Tour

6. Lucerne: Water Tower Ticket with Private Guided Tour

Explore the 35-meter tall Water Tower with a private guide on this walking tour in Lucerne. Discover the unique history behind the city's most iconic landmark and get important details about its construction. Have the option to choose from a tour with snacks and drinks or without snacks and drinks. Meet your guide in front of the Lucerne train station and head to the tower. Go inside and visit each different section including the dungeon, the treasure chamber, the Armory room, the main tower room and the pyramid shaped roof floor. Take in views of the city from the tower. If your choose the snack option head to a unique venue after visiting the tower to eat snacks, a cheese plate, and fresh bread. Relax with an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. Finish your tour at the water tower.

Lucerne: Photography Walking Tour

7. Lucerne: Photography Walking Tour

Join a local tour guide and discover the city of Lucerne through your camera lens on a short city walk. Get to know the city from an insider’s point of view, taking stunning pictures as you do. Your tour will start at the iconic Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern and continue to the Musegg Wall. You will visit two different sides of the city and be able to compare the best spots for photos. As you capture the beauty of Lucerne with your camera you will also discover local spots and hidden gems. Don't miss the opportunity to see an alternative side of the city, full of history and unique beauty. Don't forget to book the experience at a suitable time in order to guarantee the best lighting for your pictures.

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What people are saying about Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

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!

Fantastic!!! We loved every minute of it. Don’t miss this tour.. It was our favorite of all we took this visit to Europe.

Excellent tour guide, he gave the nice ambient and was very open to any question.

Great guide. Very knowledgeable and informative. Keeps the history interesting.

Highly recommended! Varied and interesting, even for locals!