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

In the past it was the central prison of Lucerne - today a comfortable hotel.
The Barabas Prison Hotel has a long and exciting history to tell. In 1862 the prison was built and was in operation until 1998. Many criminals had to stay in their cells, which were uncomfortable at that time. One of them was the artist Barabas, who was imprisoned until 1975 for refusing the war and whose name the hotel bears today.

The 60 former cells have now been converted into comfortable rooms and are perfect for guests on a smaller budget. From shared rooms with bunk bath for globetrotters or single, twin, triple and quadruple rooms with private bath for families, couples and friends. Something very special are our Superior cells. Guests who prefer a little more space can book into the former interrogation and visitors room or the former director's office. The prison's own library with a large collection of crime novels can also be booked exclusively as a room and lets you experience the prison feeling of yesteryear even more intensively. Even the former cell of the artist Barabas offers space for overnight stays. Poor Barabas was bored in his cell, which is why he began to paint his bare cell wall. He painted everything he was missing 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 wind-protected courtyard with lots of greenery. Deck chairs, umbrellas, tables and chairs are available. In the lounge breakfast is served and there is the possibility to play table football as well as billiards. If you are hungry or thirsty, you can enjoy culinary delights at the in-house Japanese restaurant Izakaya Nozomi. The restaurant in the style of a Japanese village inn 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 completes the whole experience. 

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 businessmen, couples to groups of friends, families and clubs.


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Simone Müller-Staubli