Secrets of Old Town Lucerne - Free walking tour

Duration: 1h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: John
Quality Verified Registered on August 01, 2021

A city tour guide, mountain guide and e-bike guide based in Lucerne, Switzerland. I have a Master's and Bachelor's degree in History, and I'm passionate about showing others my amazing city! After travelling all over the world, I fell in love with Lucerne and settled here in 2018. Having once been a tourist here myself, I know how overwhelming the Old Town can be - there's so much to see and so much to learn about! Now as a local, I love sharing my passion for this amazing city with others. :)

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Welcome to Lucerne!
Join me on a walking tour to see the highlights of Lucerne's beautiful, historic Old Town.

You'll discover the secret histories and hidden meanings behind the attractions of old Lucerne, starting from the world-famous Chapel Bridge and looping through the Old Town to the Rittersche Palace and stunning Jesuit Church.
Along the way you'll learn about Lucerne, the 'The City of Lights' - you'll visit picturesque bridges, formidable towers, unique churches, intricate fountains, vibrant market squares, and twisting alleyways.

Book this tour and enjoy!

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Bahnhofstrasse 7, 6003 Luzern, Switze...
    Bahnhofstrasse 7, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland
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    Meet me at the entrance to the Chapel Bridge ('Kapellbrücke' in German), on the south bank of the river. I'll be wearing a black cap and an orange backpack, and carrying a folder!

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    Outside visit

    Beautiful 3D relief map - the perfect overview of the city.

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    Free admission

    The infamous Chapel Bridge and Water Tower. Photo ops, exquisite paintings, and dark stories.

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    Outside visit
    Rosengart Platz

    The north bank of the Reuss with views of Rigi and Pilatus.

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    A square full of secrets.

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    Stunning painted fountain with layer upon layers of hidden meaning.

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    Outside visit

    The old Corn Market, now a lively Old Town square.

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    Rathaus Stadt Luzern

    The old town hall and attached tower.

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    Outside visit
    Unter der Egg

    The home of Karnival, with stunning, easy-to-miss murals.

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    Outside visit

    Passage of the guild members, hidden away in Lucerne's back streets.

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    Outside visit

    Wine market or fish market? Either way, this sqaure has incredible murals that need to be explained!

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    Outside visit

    The oldest fountain in Old Town, with it's own secret history.

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    Outside visit
    Hotel des Balances

    Stunning photo opportunity, with layers of secrets hidden in the artwork.

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    Outside visit

    Once the industrial heart of the town, now a thriving bar district.

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    Free admission

    ... aka the Bridge of Death. Cryptic 17thC paintings and a hidden chapel.

  • 15
    Outside visit
    Nadelwehr Luzern

    The needle dam on the Reuss.

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    Free admission
    Government Buildings of Canton Lucerne

    The Rittischer Palast - stunning Italian facade and a little-known entrance leading to the heart of government.

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    Free admission
    jesuit church

    The utterly unique Jesuit Church, inside and out.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Jacob 11 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Great and entertaining tour
Lars 10 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
The tour in Lucerne with John is highly recommended. He has a great knowledge of the city's history and secrets. John is a great host. He is charming and has a good sense of humor. We would book this tour again. Kind regards, Jannik and Lars :-)
Mary-Ann 20 Jan 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jan 2024
John was super knowledgeable, informative and entertaining. Great interaction with his clients.
Jill 20 Jan 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jan 2024
Great! Recommend!
Benjamin 20 Jan 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jan 2024
Despite the cold weather we had an amazing tour. John was perfectly welcoming us to lucerne and the tour was informative and funny all at once. Thanks John!
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 12 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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