Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

4.6
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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  • It is beautiful and then one get many points on and off bridge to have picture clicked. The whole history is interesting to know.  more »
  • First built circa 1365, this is the oldest wooden bridge in all of Europe. It was this romantic bridge that drew us into staying in the city of Lucerne for the first half of our honeymoon. We walked i...  more »
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  • One of many beautiful city in Switzerland... Services and security in the town is good...despite the price is higher than other European countries... Recommended country to visit when in Europe.
  • In late 6 months Every week I walk through this historical chapel bridge and every time I am finding new tings in it’s art construction amazed by this experience. This bridge have it’s own value.
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