Who would be crazy enough to volunteer to go to prison? No, ok then how about spending a night in a hotel that used to be a jail house?
We had this wonderful opportunity in Lucerne, Switzerland.
You can imagine my joy when I heard that we would be staying in an old jail house. I had absolutely no idea what to expect. Most of us were very curious but there were a few that refused to sleep there. Our Contiki tour leader had his hands full because they believed that bad spirits are hanging around.They found accommodation elsewhere for the night.
Before I tell you what it was like, let me give you more information about the actual jail and why it was so awesome to stay there. This jail was built in 1862 and it was operating as a prison until 1998. For more than 135 years the prison kept prisoners who attempted to escape under lock and key. What came to mind was the movie with Sean Connory, The Rock and Alcatraz prison.
It was subsequently converted into a hotel and named the “Jailhotel” or Hotel Lowengraben.This place really had my imagination going.
Our room had two single beds and a very, very small bathroom. The room is small and it is difficult for 2 people to move comfortably. Burglar bars are fitted in front of the window and it really does feel like you are in prison. The rooms are furnished with the bare minimum and you get a taste for prison life.
The bathroom was tiny and when the door was closed I felt claustrophobic!
If the room is getting too small and the thought of imprisonment is scaring the living daylights out of you then join the rest of the inmates at the Alcatraz bar!
There is also a library with former prison books and a large collection of very interesting items from the former prison. Clothes, typewriters and other items are on display behind glass windows.
At night it was really scary to walk down the corridor and it almost reminded me of the movie “The Green Mile”. Maybe I have watched too many movies.
It was a great experience staying at this jail hotel. It must have been the most interesting place where I have stayed.
Address: Jailhotel Löwengraben,Luzern
Walk – 5 to 10 minutes walking distance from railway station.
Date: April 2004