The Nine Towers, Lucerne

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Explore the town's medieval defenses on your visit to The Nine Towers. One of the towers houses the oldest city clock, built by Hans Luter in 1535--it's allowed to chime every hour exactly one minute before all the city clocks. Four of the towers are open to the public, and you can climb the steep and narrow staircases in two of them to reach panoramic views of the surrounding city. Check the website, or call ahead for opening and closing hours prior to your visit. To visit The Nine Towers on your trip to Lucerne, use our Lucerne trip itinerary tool .
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  • It is worth leaving behind the old case to reach the wall, and explore its 9 towers. You can visit 4 of them, and from the top you will have a perfect panoramic view of the old town, and Lake Lucerne. Recommended.
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  • The walk toward, on, and into the tower was an all out sensory treat. You stroll from Old Town, shops, bars, cafe, through neighborhoods and all of sudden you look up to see these beautiful structures...  more »
  • The towers and wall aren't the first thing I think of with Luzern, but it was enormous fun climbing into some and walking along the wall. So many cities have old towns and are on lakes, but these are ...  more »

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Small, historical Lucerne is big in its accommodation offerings. Surrounding the bay are plenty of mid-range and upscale hotels for those looking to splurge, putting you right downtown with easy access to sights, bars, and restaurants. If your budget is tight, look into the handful of guesthouses in the city. There are limited hostels available, and they tend to be a bit farther from the city core. Be sure to book in advance to avoid missing out.
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