14th-Century Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge)

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Lucerne has two wooden-covered bridges across the River Ruess. Lined with flowers, the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) is the more famous of the two, and together with its octagonal water tower, it appears in just about every photograph ever taken of Lucerne.

Constructed during the first half of the 14th century as a part of the city's fortifications, the bridge takes its name from the St. Peter's Chapel located nearby.

Dating back to 1333, part of the bridge was rebuilt after a boat tied to it caught fire in 1993 - a most unfortunate incident that saddened the people of Lucerne and the Swiss in general. Under the replacement roof are scenes from national and local history, which are photo reproductions of the originals.

The original paintings in the gables, under the eaves, were added in the 17th century and depicts scenes of Swiss and local history, including the biographies of the city's patron saints, St. Leodegar and St. Maurice.

The sturdy octagonal Water Tower (Wasserturme) -- standing 34m high -- was built around the same time as the bridge. It was used as an archive, treasury, prison, and torture chamber.

Along with the Kappellbrucke, the Water Tower is Lucerne's next most frequently photographed monument in Switzerland.

Near the sights are quaint alleys and enchanting medieval buildings. In the city's arcades on Tuesdays and Saturdays in particular, you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the market crows as you shop.
Chapel Bridge
Rathausquai and Bahnhofstr
Lucerne, Switzerland


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