Historic Bethlehem Partnership

In association with the Smithsonian Institution

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:

  • $12 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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*If you’d like to take a tour that is not currently running, let us book a custom tour for you!

 Tour Date Time/Duration Departs From Tickets 
Rise and Fall
of Bethlehem Steel

Saturdays & Sundays
Rain or shine
1:00pm
Movie at 12:30pm
75 Minutes
Stock House Visitor Center
711 East First Street
Bethlehem
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
Bethlehem
Buy online
Or at the Visitor Center or
Stock House Visitor Center
Old Bethlehem Walking Tour Returning Spring 2015 Buy at Visitor Center or
call 1-800-360-TOUR
Death & Dying
Cemetery Tour
Returning Fall of 2015 Buy at the Visitor Center
or Moravian Museum
Christmas City Stroll Returning Winter 2015 Buy at Visitor Center
or call 1-800-360-TOUR

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 Trail™ 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.

Christmas City Stroll

Take a walk through beautiful downtown Historic Bethlehem with our certified guide in period dress. Discover the story of Bethlehem’s unique beginning in 1741, the tales of a candle-in-every-window, and the renowned Bethlehem Star. Historic highlights include Bethlehem’s exquisite Victorian and colonial architecture, including two National Historic Landmarks, the 1741 Gemeinhaus and the Bethlehem Waterworks. The tour route is part of Bethlehem’s National Historic Landmark District, designated by the Secretary of the Interior in 2012.


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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.