Famous Towers Walking Tour, Lucerne, Lucerne

Lucerne is famous for its large number of spectacular medieval towers. Located around the Musegg Wall area, the towers rise high over the city, giving great panoramic views of Lucerne, the Reuss River and the surrounding mountain scenery. There are a total of nine towers, including one featuring the oldest clock in the city. Take our tour through this fascinating set of towers and get a wonderful feeling of stepping back in time.
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Famous Towers Walking Tour, Lucerne Map

Guide Name: Famous Towers Walking Tour, Lucerne
Guide Location: Switzerland » Lucerne (See other walking tours in Lucerne)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Author: doris
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Nölli Tower

1) Nölli Tower

The Nölli Tower is a cylindrical stone tower situated on the banks of the Reuss River. Built in 1513, it is the head department of the Safran Guild - the guild's meetings and its archives are held in the tower. At 28 meters tall, the tower offers amazing views of the city.
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Little Man Tower (Männliturm)

2) Little Man Tower (Männliturm)

The 33 meter tower got its name from the little iron man that stands on its top. This merry figure holding a flag is known to everybody in the country. The second tower along the ascending rocky ridge, it's definitely worth a visit.
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Luegisland Tower

3) Luegisland Tower

The Luegisland Tower is more than 700 years old. Its height of 52.6 meters makes it the tallest of the nine towers. It was built even before the Musegg wall as a watchtower for the protection of the city. Its name means “Look toward the land”, and it is also known as Countryside Viewpoint Tower. Look out for the weathercock which stands atop its high, peaked roof.
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Heu Tower (Heuturm)

4) Heu Tower (Heuturm)

This tower is named after the hay that was once stored there, but it also contained gunpowder. In 1701 hundredweights of the explosive blew up due to lightning. The tower was destroyed, and many locals were killed by flying stones. The rebuilt version of the tower is 44 meters tall.
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Zyt Tower

5) Zyt Tower (must see)

One of the Nine Towers of Lucerne, the Zyt Tower offers a great up-close view of the Old Town. Some of its old walls date back to 1386. The tower also features the oldest clock in the city, built by Hans Luter in 1535 and still working. The big clock, which is around 3 to 4 meters tall, has the privilege of chiming the hours one minute before all the other clocks in town.

Why You Should Visit:
If you only climb one of the Lucerne's Nine Towers, this is the one to do.

Tip:
Be there on the hour to watch the inner clock workings as the bells chime.
The attraction is free, and you get to see a number of ancient clocks and mechanisms that are still are active.
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Schirmer Tower

6) Schirmer Tower

Located in front of the Musegg Wall, this tower functions as a gateway from city to country. It is made of refined stones with wonderful round arches around its top. 27.5 meters in height, it's crowned with a low, pyramid shaped roof. Visitors can enter the tower and get a wonderful view over the city and the river from its uppermost reaches.
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Pulver Tower

7) Pulver Tower

This is one of the oldest of the nine towers of the Musegg Wall. Maintained by the Wey Guild, it is used today as a meeting place. It stands 27.5 meters tall, and once held gunpowder stored by city inhabitants as a precaution. Another tower, the Heu Tower, also held gunpowder but this was destroyed in an explosion in 1701.
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Allenwinden Tower

8) Allenwinden Tower

A former tallest building of the town, the Allenwinden Tower has been overtaken by newer buildings. Nonetheless, this bowl tower is one of the best-known tourist attractions in Lucerne. Officially named after the man responsible for the city coffers, it is also known as the Holdermeyer Tower.
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Dächli Tower

9) Dächli Tower

The Dächli Tower - also called the Chutzen Tower - is the last of the nine brother-towers of the Mussegg Wall. The tower's main highlight is its pyramid-shaped roof, which is pyramid shaped and considered to be older than the other tower roofs. Its roof is considered to be older than the other. From atop the tower you can enjoy a charming view of the city, the lake bay and the Reuss River.

Walking Tours in Lucerne, Switzerland

Create Your Own Walk in Lucerne

Create Your Own Walk in Lucerne

Creating your own self-guided walk in Lucerne is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Lucerne is thought to be one of the prettiest cities in Switzerland. It features beautiful mountain views, amazing historical buildings and a large variety of museums and galleries. Its nightlife scene is active, with plenty of arts centers and music venues around the city. Take this walking tour to explore the very best sights of Lucerne.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Lucerne Nightlife Walking Tour

Lucerne Nightlife Walking Tour

Lucerne is packed with all kinds of great tourist attractions. And when you're done with all these spectacular sights, the city offers a wide range of options for a great night out. Take our tour to find the most well-known nightspots in Lucerne.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km
Famous Religious Sights in Lucerne

Famous Religious Sights in Lucerne

Lucerne is a beautiful city, often referred to as the heart of Switzerland. Beautiful churches and other renaissance-era buildings make this a charming city for locals and tourists alike. The spacious, richly decorated interior of the city's churches will enliven your spirit - take our tour to see some of the most famous religious buildings in Lucerne.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Lucerne Top Architectural Sights Tour

Lucerne Top Architectural Sights Tour

Due to Lucerne's long religious and cultural history, its architecture is one of the most popular for tourists in all of Switzerland. It boasts several remarkable bridges because of how the city is divided by the Reuss river. Your attention will also be struck by the magnificent churches and historic castles and towers. Take our walking tour to discover the most famous architectural sights in Lucerne.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Jewels of Lucerne Tour

Jewels of Lucerne Tour

Lucerne is an amazing city that sits on the side of Lake Lucerne and is surrounded by beautiful mountains. Sometimes known as "The City of Light", Lucerne is one of Switzerland's key cities. Its long and rich history has bestowed upon it lots of amazing architecture and fascinating stories. Take this walking tour to discover the real jewels of Lucerne.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Top Museums Tour in Lucerne

Top Museums Tour in Lucerne

Lucerne is traditionally considered the first and foremost tourist destination in all of Switzerland. The city is famous for its pretty historical buildings and fascinating museums. Once here you'll be charmed by Lucerne’s sense of history, culture and tradition. This walking tour will lead you to the most famous museums in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Lucerne for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Lucerne has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Lucerne, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.