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Zytturm (Clock Tower)

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In sync with medieval time Lucerne  Switzerland

In sync with medieval time

Lucerne's oldest city clock, built by Hans Luter in 1535, is in the Zyt tower, one of three remaining on the medieval walls. In autumn, brightly colored leaves frame a painting of giants carrying the face of the time-honored clock on the tower's façade. The clock is allowed to chime every hour one minute before all the other city clocks.

Inside, a clock museum tells the stories of several timepieces collected from around Lucerne by the watchmaker who wound the Zyt Tower clock daily for fifty years.

The ramparts provide a fine view of the city below, and lake and mountains beyond. The tower is open spring to all, and admission is free.