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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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  • I actually visited in May 2019, however I’m unable to write a review for a date so far back. Beautiful, breathtaking and a very peaceful experience. Loved this place and the serenity of just walking....  more »
  • My guess is it’s all been said and written here already. We had fun walking over and the best views of it are actually from off the bridge on the sides of the river. Must do? Yes, of course it is!  more »
  • Wonderful place. The best town I have ever seen in Switzerland. Would like to come here again and again))
  • Fantastic Chapel Bridge with amazing paintings and hand carved pieces created by the human hand. Truly another beautiful place that will be remembered in sight, feel and joy❤️
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