Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

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See Europe's oldest covered footbridge and view the collection of paintings depicting various scenes from Lucerne's rich history at Chapel Bridge. An age-old bridge spanning the calm waters of the Reuss River, the 14th-century wooden structure once formed part of a defense system built to protect the city from possible enemy invasions. As you walk across it, look up to see the paintings on the interior triangular frames, added in the 17th century. Next to the bridge stands a 40 m (140 ft) tall octagonal tower, formerly a prison and torture chamber. Don't forget to bring your camera: the bridge and its tower count among Switzerland's most photographed historic monuments, drawing architecture buffs from distant corners of the world. Plan your visit to Chapel Bridge and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Lucerne trip itinerary site .
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  • This bridge is very famous and there are lots of people on it and nearby by taking photos etc. We couldn’t find any information posted about it & the paintings which was disappointing. Overall still c...  more »
  •  Speaking of Lucerne, this is it. It is a wooden bridge that crosses diagonally, and a picture is drawn under the roof of the bridge. Diagonal is not so much a crossing bridge as a part of the fortress to prevent it. Once, it is crowded because everyone goes with it.
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  • Once in Lucerne you can't help but admire it from the outside and walk it from the inside. It has been rebuilt really well and retains all its charm. But the whole town is interesting and very beautiful. It's definitely worth a visit. It is a pity that, like everything in Switzerland, it is extremely expensive by Italian standards. Just to give you a few ideas, the use of the bathrooms (station) costs .2 per person and a Long Cheese from Burger King (station) costs 10.10 CHF (a fee) (9.70)
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  • One of the oldest bridge and is absolutely beautiful. Flowers all over the sides and entirely wooden definitely gives you that feel while you walk over the stretch. Also surrounded by clean waters and city landscape makes this a great memory.
  • Lovely woodenbridge .A treat to walk knowing the antique value.The location of shops and restaurants nearby disturbs us.A garden space near may be a relief. Still you feel good to stand near the railings of the bridge.
  • A wonderfully maintained, beautifully decorated heritage bridge. My all family members liked it very much. A must see.
  • The bridge is very beautiful with ornamental plants in full bloom in both the sides. Lot of care has been taken in maintaining it. It's location gives an added advantage.
  • Beauty. Flowers are placed along side in a very eye catchy manner. Enjoying the lake standing there in early morning when none is there is awesome. Enjoy the lion monument nearby also.
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