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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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  • What a marvelous structure from the 1300’s. And how sad a careless smoker could destroy most of it. The Swiss are diligent in the repair. Reconstructed in 6 weeks time. Amazing history. 
    What a marvelous structure from the 1300’s. And how sad a careless smoker could destroy most of it. The Swiss are diligent in the repair. Reconstructed in 6 weeks time. Amazing history.  more »
  • The Chapel bridge which features on every travel show about Luzern was on our bucket list. We managed to click a lot of pictures in this very beautiful place. 
    The Chapel bridge which features on every travel show about Luzern was on our bucket list. We managed to click a lot of pictures in this very beautiful place.  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.
  • Chapel bridge is one of the most beautiful bridges I've seen. It is spectacular to catch a sunset from the bridge or while looking at the bridge. The flowers are real! There are vivid old wood paintings along the inside of the bridge. I highly recommend visiting.

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