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Chapel Bridge, 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. 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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  • Not nearly as beautiful in April as it was in June when we last visited. The flowers were just starting to bloom and it was looking kinda bare. Still worth walking over the bridge. 
    Not nearly as beautiful in April as it was in June when we last visited. The flowers were just starting to bloom and it was looking kinda bare. Still worth walking over the bridge.  more »
  • short walk, great view. many restaurants on opposite shore. great views of river, lake and lucerne. crowded at times 
    short walk, great view. many restaurants on opposite shore. great views of river, lake and lucerne. crowded at times  more »
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  • Fantastic story about the bridge is originality and the fire that took place. It is a very busy part of town and so you must be patient walking through to really enjoy the art that is all the way throughout
  • The bridge is a piece of history and well worth the visit. It's a pity so much of it burned down several decades ago but it's obviously beautifully restored and many of the paintings above as you walk along the bridge are very interesting to look at and try to read.

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