“The celebrated city walls with their nine towers bulit in 1386, free open to the public. ”

A must-see tourist attraction - Old city wall of Lucerne, with 850 meters in length.

Out of nine Musegg Towers, three are open to the public. The Zytturm in particular is well worth a visit, for it houses the city’s oldest clock, built in 1535 by one Hans Luter. It enjoys the privilege of striking the hour a minute before all the city’s other clocks.

The battlements walk has superb views over the city and towards the mountains and getting there involves a gentle uphill stroll through a remarkably pastoral scene for the middle of a town (complete with grazing cows and alpacas).

View point of Lake Lucerne, Rigi Mt. leftside, Pilatus Mt. rightside and background of the Alps Mountain in the far southeast.


No admission fee, daily open 08.00-19.00 in summer time and close earlier in the winter.

Musegg Wall Lucerne

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see, the stairway, on the left side.
see, the stairway, on the left side.

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entrance of the towres, notice from the left side of Luegislandegg tower.
entrance of the towres, notice from the left side of Luegislandegg tower.

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very nice when you view from the top of the city wall or even down here.
very nice when you view from the top of the city wall or even down here.

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view from the other side of the Reuss river.
view from the other side of the Reuss river.

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Luegisland Tower = 'Look Toward The Land' or watchtower, situated by the Reuss river, with 52.6 meters of the height, probably built before 1300.
Luegisland Tower  =  'Look Toward The Land' or watchtower, situated by the Reuss river, with 52.6 meters of the height, probably built before 1300.

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The 1st Tower on your walk is the Nolli Tower. This tower was modified in 1901 to admit street traffic. I can't say that I saw 2 cars go through the opening at one time.

The 2nd Tower is the Mannli, "Little Man" Tower which is the first of the accessible towers. This tower is named for the little iron man at the top. Unfortunately I did not take a picture, but most websites of the wall show the Tower.

The 3rd Tower is the Luegisland Tower which has a popular old name, "Look Toward The Land". This tower is the highest of all the towers at 52.6 meters and was probably built prior to the wall before 1300 as a watchtower for the protection of the city.

The 4th Tower is the Heu, "Hay" Tower which besides storing hay in times past also stored gunpowder. Needless to say the combination of the 2 proved to be a disaster in the making and in 1701 a lightning bolt struck the tower igniting the gunpower. The resulting explosion destroyed the original tower and took several lives.

The 5th Tower is the Zyt, "Time" Tower which is also the 2nd accessible tower. The clock was installed in 1535 and it is said that the dial and numbers are large so that the fishermen could tell the time from the lake. The bells ring out from the clock tower 1 minute ahead of any other clock in the city.

The 6th Tower is the Schirmer Tower which is the 3rd accessible tower. It is said that passing through this tower one was passing from the City of Lucerne to the countryside.

The 7th Tower is the Pulver or "Powder" Tower. After the events of 1701 it was decided that the cities gunpowder needed to be kept in two separate towers. Today we call that a contingency plan.

The 8th Tower is the Allenwinden Tower and is not actually above the city anymore due to the recent construction around it.

The 9th Tower is the Dachli Tower, has a pyramid roof and is the shortest of all the towers.

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