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Hotel Barabas
Straight to prison!

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VIP Doppelzimmer Hotel Barabas Luzern
Zellengang Hotel Barabas Luzern

The most important in a nutshell

  • Former city prison from 1862 to 1998

  • Central location in the old town of Lucerne

  • Affordable and comfortable for lonely globetrotters, families, couples, friends as well as suitable for group travelers and couples

  • 60 cells as multi-bed, single, twin or family rooms with private bathrooms

  • Host: Jeannine Parolini

  • Restaurant: Japanese Izakaya Nozomi

Sleep behind Bars

It used to be the central prison in Lucerne - now a comfortable hotel.
The Barabas Prison Hotel has a long and exciting story to tell. The prison was built in 1862 and operated until 1998. Many criminals had to stay in their uncomfortable cells at the time. One of them was the artist Barabas who was imprisoned for refusing to war until 1975 and whose name the hotel bears today.

The 60 former cells have now been expanded into comfortable rooms and are perfect for guests on a smaller budget. From multi-bed rooms with shared bathrooms for globetrotters to single, twin, triple and four-bed rooms with private bathrooms for families, couples and friends. Our superior cells are something very special. Guests who prefer a little more space can be booked into the former interrogation and visitor room or the former management office. The prison's own library with a large collection of detective novels can also be booked exclusively as a room and allows you to experience the prison feeling of yesteryear even more intensely. Even the former cell of the artist Barabas offers space for overnight stays. Boredom seized poor Barabas in his cell, which is why he began to paint his bare cell wall. He painted everything that he missed during his stay in prison, namely travel, money, love and wine. This painting can still be admired in the cell today.

Centrally located in the old town, the Barabas offers the perfect starting point for many activities in and around the city of Lucerne. The hotel has a large, sheltered courtyard with lots of greenery. Deck chairs, umbrellas, tables and chairs are available. Breakfast is served in the lounge and there is the opportunity to play table football and billiards. If you are hungry or thirsty, you can indulge in culinary delights in the in-house Japanese restaurant Izakaya Nozomi. The restaurant in the style of a Japanese village pub offers many different smaller dishes, which are shared and passed around the table. The Japanese taste experience is guaranteed! The large selection of selected sake rounds off the whole thing.

The atmosphere in the former prison is familiar and uncomplicated. Everyone is welcome here, which is also reflected in the broad guest segment: from globetrotters on their own, to capable business people, couples to groups of friends, families and clubs.


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