Kapellbrücke Lucerne's Chapel Bridge

The Chapel bridge and water tower is a Lucerne landmark. Dating to the 14th century, it was originally part of the wall and fortifications surrounding the city, and is now a beautiful and romantic pedestrian walkway from the center of Lucerne’s old town over the Reuss river. Lucerne has quite a few accessible landmarks, that make a low-key day of walking around town interesting and enjoyable, and the Chapel Bridge is high on the list of things to see in Lucerne.

The Chapel Bridge unfortunately caught fire and most of it burned down in 1993, but has been carefully restored (you can easily see where the older and newer sections meet), and is once again on display leading to the old-town center near the train station.  The inner walkway includes 120 paintings dating from the 15th century that depict scenes from Lucerne’s history.  Walking tours of Lucerne, offered by the Lucerne tourist office, will stop to fill in some of the details depicted in the paintings, and can be a nice way to spend a couple hours, stretch your legs, and learn about the history of the city.

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