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"The bridges" Kapellbrücke - Chapel Bridge Tip by Bjorgvin

Kapellbrücke - Chapel Bridge, Lucerne: 87 reviews and 167 photos


The city is divided into two parts by the Reuss River, which is crossed by seven bridges. The Kapellbrücke ('Chapel Bridge') was one of the oldest wooden bridges in Europe (1333). It takes its name from St. Peter´s Chapel, the oldest church within the city walls. Its eight-sided stone tower was used as a prison until the 19th century. In 1993 the bridge was destroyed in a disastrous fire (not for the first time though), but was rapidly reconstructed. The Spreuerbrücke ('Chaff Bridge') (1407), now the oldest bridge, is roofed and decorated with some 56 paintings between the roof beams from Swiss national and local history. The Kapellbrücke was similarly decorated, but with 112 paintings.

Address: City centre.
Phone: 41412271717

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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