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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. Use our Lucerne vacation builder to arrange your visit to Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke) and other attractions in Lucerne.
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  • There's a saleswoman really cool, which helps you buy the ideal for you, and off that are cheap things. ...
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  • A gorgeous bridge right in the heart of Lucerne. You can't stay in Lucerne without walking over this and taking a few pictures. It's beautiful and in our case gave some protection for on the snow fall...  more »
  • Very interesting bridge with a nice view from both sides. Many interesting paintings are painted on its inside under the roof. 
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  • Pretty sure this is what they based the Hogwarts bridges off! Beautiful medieval architecture in the middle of a beautiful city. Be sure to look up at the beautiful paintings in the roof.
  • A Swiss icon. Pretty in the summer. Not too exciting after a first look but you can get some nice pictures of it from both sides.
  • Loved walking through this bridge. It looks well maintained and decorated with colorful flowers. Was a nice experience feeling the beautiful and cool atmosphere of Lucerne. The swans in the river were friendly as well!
  • Lovely romantic and historical bridge. Nice in day or night time. Beautiful flowers
  • This is the main and most beautifull bridge to cross over from the Old Town to the Lucern Main Train Station. With murals above you walk many times and take photos, each photo will definitely be a memorabe one over time.