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About us

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Water and bread

No fear! You don’t have to live on water and bread. For a surcharge of CHF 13.00, we offer you a delicious breakfast including homemade muesli, regional cheese and fragrant coffee and you’ll start your day strengthened and fit.

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Internet, tips and

souvenir shop

We provide free Wi-Fi in the entire jail house for our guests. Just ask our team at the reception for tips regarding going out, some Lucerne insider tips or in case of special wishes. They will gladly help you exploring Lucerne at your own pace. And if you feel like bringing home the Barabas feeling, our souvenir shop has some really cool products.

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1862 - 2018

This historic central prison of Lucerne was built in 1862 and operated as a prison until 1998. Today, you have the opportunity of sleeping where some years earlier criminals had spent their time.


Why we chose the name Barabas? Well, there was a prison inmate called Barabas. He was imprisoned until 1975 because of conscientious objection. He left a fresko which is still there in one of the cells. He painted everything he missed during his detention, such as women, money and wine.

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Barabas tells...

In 1975, the present artist, Hugo Siegrist was imprisoned for three months for refusing to serve. During this time, cell 27 became the "Atelier Barabas", where he used his talent to create artistic paintings. One of them is still exhibited in the hotel today and signed with the artist's name "Barabas". This impressive work of art led to the former prison being called "Barabas" today. With the hotel in Lucerne, Hugo Sigrist has already - albeit unknowingly - set himself a monument.

Hugo SiegristInterview in Swiss-German
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Hugo Siegrist
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The virtual hotel

Take a leisurely stroll through the hotel: We have photographed the Barabas hotel with a VR360° camera, so that you can already browse through the rooms from home.  

> Discover the hotel now in 360° model

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When selecting our employees, appreciation, a good working atmosphere and passion for our Hotel Barabas are at the forefront. We make our daily contribution to giving our guests an unforgettable stay. If you like our hotel, if you enjoy gastronomy and if you are committed and show initiative - then you have come to the right place! Would you like to shape the future of Hotel Barabas with us? Our vacancies are published on the job platform of Schatz AG, our service partner:

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