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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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  • Very nice and authentic. Clean and efficient, even being hundreds of years old. Moreover, efficient connection, faster than the modern bridges where you loose time due to the traffic. 
    Very nice and authentic. Clean and efficient, even being hundreds of years old. Moreover, efficient connection, faster than the modern bridges where you loose time due to the traffic.  more »
  • The history of this bridge is amazing. Views from it are breathtaking. Take time to walk across and enjoy the paintings and see the damage from the fire. 
    The history of this bridge is amazing. Views from it are breathtaking. Take time to walk across and enjoy the paintings and see the damage from the fire.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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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