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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Chapel Bridge Reviews
Great wooden bridge decorated with beautiful flowers. Icon of Lucerne.It connects both sides of the river. more »
Take 20 mins to walk across the bridge and soak up to long history. If you can do a tour to learn how deep the history is. Then pick one of the many restaurants within a minute walk to sit down and en... more »
One of the oldest bridge and is absolutely beautiful. Flowers all over the sides and entirely wooden definitely gives you that feel while you walk over the stretch. Also surrounded by clean waters and city landscape makes this a great memory.
Lovely woodenbridge .A treat to walk knowing the antique value.The location of shops and restaurants nearby disturbs us.A garden space near may be a relief. Still you feel good to stand near the railings of the bridge.
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