Historic Bethlehem Partnership

In association with the Smithsonian Institution

Historic Walking Tours

Experience the incredible stories of Bethlehem on a leisurely walk through the city with a certified costumed guide. Tour topics and paths vary seasonally. Read below for descriptions of this season’s available tours. No time for a guided tour? Take the Heritage Trail.

Tour pricing is as follows:

  • $15 for adults
  • $8 for children ages 6-12
  • Free for children under age 6

Did you know that if you become a member when purchasing your walking tour ticket, we’ll subtract the price of your walking tour from your membership price! Call 1-800-360-TOUR or 610-691-6055 to purchase your ticket and take advantage of this great offer!

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 Tour Date Time/Duration Departs From Tickets 
Rise and Fall
of Bethlehem Steel
Rain or shine
11am and 1:00pm
Movie at 12:30pm
75 Minutes
Stock House Visitor Center
711 East First Street
Buy online
Or at the Visitor Center or
Stock House Visitor Center
Heritage Trail 7 Days a Week Varies by link Visitor Center
505 Main Street
Buy online
Or at the Visitor Center or
Stock House Visitor Center
Christmas City Stroll Wednesday-Sunday

*Ends December 28*

11am, 4pm
45 Minutes
Visitor Center
505 Main Street
Buy at Visitor Center
Or call 1-800-360-TOUR
Church & Chapel Jan. 24
Feb. 7
Feb. 21
2 pm all three days
1 hour & 15 minutes
Moravian Museum
66 W. Church Street
Buy online
or call 1-800-360-TOUR
Death & Dying
Cemetery Tour
Returning Fall of 2015 Buy at the Visitor Center
or Moravian Museum

Church & Chapel Walking Tour

Church and Chapel tour begins in the oldest building in town, Bethlehem’s 1741 Gemeinhaus, where the Moravians who founded Bethlehem first worshiped over 270 years ago. Hear the in-depth story of America’s oldest Bach Choir, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and its renowned founder J. Fred Wolle.  Next, walk the very path the Bethlehem founders took through the Gemeinhaus into the 1751 Old Chapel. After touring this popular wedding venue, guests will be guided next door to Central Moravian Church.  Once inside, your tour guide will give a history of the construction and alterations to the church over time.

Along the Lehigh River: The Rise and Fall of Bethlehem Steel

Learn how blast furnaces worked, why men needed brass checks to get in the gate every morning, and which buildings housed which operation on this on-site walking tour that gives visitors a glimpse into the day-to-day life of a steel worker. Add just $3 to your tour price to watch the “Christmas City” movie. Movie starts at 12:30pm and ends before the 1:15pm tour departs.

Historic Bethlehem Heritage Trail

Experience Bethlehem like never before: On your own time and at your own pace, while focusing on what you enjoy. With the use of handheld audio devices, the Heritage TrailTM allows participants to walk, run, or bike through three centuries of Bethlehem history. Stops along the trail include two National Historic Landmarks, the newly designated Historic Moravian Bethlehem National Historic Landmark District, Victorian era homes, and Bethlehem Steel buildings.

Old Bethlehem Walking Tour

With our certified guide in period dress, the tour group will learn the story of Bethlehem’s unique beginnings in 1741. The highlights include Bethlehem’s exquisite Victorian and colonial architecture, including two National Historic Landmarks, the 1741 Gemeinhaus and Bethlehem Waterworks. Enjoy a stop at our recently restored 1758 Nain-Schober House and the 1752 Apothecary.

Reservations are encouraged. Group rates and reservations are available. Contact Betsy Kohl at  610-691-6055 ext. 14, 1-800-360-TOUR,  or Ekohl@historicbethlehem.org  for more information.

Death & Dying Cemetery Tour

Take a walk – if you dare – on our “Death & Dying” cemetery tour! The Death & Dying tour is the only cemetery tour in Bethlehem to take guests through the 1741 Gemeinhaus, a National Historic Landmark as well as the oldest standing building in the city. See an original 18th century dead tray, then stroll through God’s Acre, Bethlehem’s oldest cemetery and featured on BootsnAll’s “12 of the World’s Most Fascinating Cemeteries”, and hear the stories of the men and women who once lived in the town. All tours are lead by a guide in traditional Moravian clothing.

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Historic Bethlehem Partnership, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Registration and financial information about Historic Bethlehem Partnership, Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999, or on the web at www.dos.state.pa.us. Registration does not imply endorsement.