Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke), 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 (Kapellbrucke). 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 (Kapellbrucke) and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Lucerne trip itinerary site .
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  • This bridge is a piece of history, still standing and functional. Crosses from side to side the River, and inside you can see the pictures that tell the story of a battle. In summer, it is decorated with hundreds of pots of white flowers that leave him still more beautiful, and perfumed. The views are recommended at sunset.
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  • Ofcourse it is interesting to see the oldest bridge in Europe.At least to walk once/twice on it to see how it was done inside.It has some paintings inside the roof and souvenirs on the halfway of the ...  more »
  • Great and unique wooden bridge which you have to see. When the weather just full of people, but still worth a visit. Previously a little exploring why they exist and the fire...
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  • Such a beautiful piece of history that has been preserved for hundreds of years. A walk along the interior of this wooden bridge feels magical. The views of the lake and the old city take on an added romanticism. The exterior is enhanced with a row of gorgeous hanging baskets overflowing with greenery and white flowers. This bridge lends a fairy tale feeling to this city.
  • It is a beautiful and romantic place to visit. It has a historical feeling which makes this place even more enjoyable. In Christmas its wonderfully lit up.
  • What a gorgeous walk in Luzern! Definite must do, oldest wooden bridge in Europe. The tower once housed prisoners, who were forced to keep their feet in the river and tortured on the second level. If you managed to escape this small jail, the archers that were stationed under the wooden cone snapped roof would shoot you. Today it is a must see landmark and a romantic walk. Great piece of 13 century history.
  • Very nice wooden bridge typical from Lucerne. Worth it to do it during the day and the night, both views are really nice.
  • Beautiful place with shops and resturants on the sides of the river. Its also close to the old town and the train station. You can come here to enjoy a cup of jo by the river or have light meal like the fondue.

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Small, historical Lucerne is big in its accommodation offerings. Surrounding the bay are plenty of mid-range and upscale hotels for those looking to splurge, putting you right downtown with easy access to sights, bars, and restaurants. If your budget is tight, look into the handful of guesthouses in the city. There are limited hostels available, and they tend to be a bit farther from the city core. Be sure to book in advance to avoid missing out.
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