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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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  • The Kapellbrücke is a covered wooden footbridge spanning diagonally across the Reuss river in the city of Lucerne in central Switzerland. We were lucky enough to stay at the Hotel Schiff which present...  more »
  • A nice place to spend an evening! There a lot of restaurants around where you can sit, albeit for a fair price! The public amenities are not too great however. Good for a nice stroll.  more »
  • It is a roofed wooden bridge that conserves several paintings of Wagmann. They burned down in 1994 and 30 of them were rescued.
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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.