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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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  • One must walk at least several time across this ancient bridge to enjoy the scenery from both directions. A great place to get a beautiful picture of the charming Old Town. 
    One must walk at least several time across this ancient bridge to enjoy the scenery from both directions. A great place to get a beautiful picture of the charming Old Town.  more »
  • An absolute MUST for any Visitor to Switzerland , in close proximity to Zurich , Basel and Bern - very central . An amazing historical bridge , so picturesque . There is an old Motor museum in the... 
    An absolute MUST for any Visitor to Switzerland , in close proximity to Zurich , Basel and Bern - very central . An amazing historical bridge , so picturesque . There is an old Motor museum in the...  more »
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  • Beautiful place for sightseeing. The old wooden bridge has a sad history but pretty to look at. One can easily roam the entire city and admire the old Town architecture. The lake has many swans and ducks swimming, it's very cute. Do take a walk in the bridge.
  • 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

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