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 awesome. Many of the paintings still show the damage from the 1990s fire. This is NOT the plague dancing paintings bridge. Definitely worth the walk through.  more »
  • This is our second trip to Switzerland and both times we have made Lucerne a stop over. This is one of the coolest places we visit in Switzerland. The people and th ease of getting around make it wort...  more »
  • We saw this bridge in the snow. How beautiful. We maintained and very popular with great views. Lots of tourists.  more »
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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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