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Nightwatchman tour: “Hear, people, what I say!”

The year is 1576. Darkness settles on the city, the streets of Siegen are deserted. Just one solitary figure is doing the rounds: Balthasar, the nightwatchman who serves the town authorities.


Wrapped in a black cloak and carrying a lantern and halberd, he intones the hour for the citizens and makes sure their sleep is undisturbed.

“Hear, people, what I say” is a special kind of tour. Details of the history of Siegen and the lives of people in the Middle Ages are imparted through the moody monologue of Balthasar the nightwatchman.

Extra package for groups: conclude the tour at ‘Zum Alten Weinkeller’

The vaulted cellar was built at Hainstrasse 1, on the edge of the old town, as part of the city fortifications early in the 17th century. Today, these ancient walls accommodate the restaurant ‘Zum Alten Weinkeller’. The wine cellar is the perfect setting in which to round off the nightwatchman tour. Naturally, the landlord Dieter Dornseifer offers guests sustenance: Alsatian tarte flambée with bacon and onions, served with a 1/8 glass of Kerner, Dornfelder, Weissherbst or Bacchus.

Time needed: Approx. 75 minutes
Prices: Adults €6, children (6–14 y.) €4, families (2 adults/2 children) €15
Meeting point: Nikolaikirche
Individual tours in German: Third Friday of each month
Tours begin: 9.00 pm October - April, 10.00 pm May - September
Group tours in German: Every weekend, by agreement
Dates fixed so far for 2024: February 16th, March 15th, April 19th, May 17th, June 21st, August 16th, October 18th, November 15th, December 6th/20th, 7:00/ 9:00 p.m.

Contact for tickets and information: +49 271 303828-0 or hallo(at)
Purchased tickets cannot be exchanged or returned. You can also find the dates on which the tour takes place in the event ticker on our home page.