About Chapel Bridge

The “Kapellbrücke”, or Chapel Bridge, is a covered wooden footbridge in Lucerne. It is also the oldest wooden bridge of its kind in Europe, first written about in 1367. It is also the world’s oldest existing truss bridge. A bridge is a bridge, right? Not so. The Chapel Bridge is one of three wooden footbridges in Lucerne to have original triangular paintings in the roof’s framing. Outside of Lucerne, no other wooden footbridge in Europe can boast this. The Chapel Bridge, with its Water Tower, is part of the oldest medieval ramparts of the city. Sadly, in 1993 all but 25 of the original paintings were destroyed by fire. The paintings were created in the 17th century by Hans Heinrich Wägmann, to show the events in Lucerne’s history. Find your souvenirs at the tourist gift shop located in The Water Tower to commemorate your visit.
 

Must See

  • Painting under the roof of Chapel Bridge.
  • Water Tower.
  • Colorful flowers, blooming on either side of the bridge.
  • Old Town.

How to reach

Chapel Bridge is located in the center of Lucerne on the Reuss river.
The train line Northern stops near the bridge.
The bus lines 2A, 347 also stop near the bridge.

Tips

  • The octagonal tower or the water tower is not open to the public.
  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • Don't forget to carry your camera to capture the amazing view.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Carry a few bottles of water to avoid dehydration.
  • Arrive early to avoid crowds.
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited.
  • For wheelchair users, there is a lift but for that, one must have to go to the information desk to obtain the key for its access.
  • Nearby the place, there are lots of restaurants, bars, and cafes.

Visit Time

Sunday:            Open 24 hours.

Monday:           Open 24 hours.

Tuesday:          Open 24 hours.

Wednesday:     Open 24 hours.

Thursday:         Open 24 hours.

Friday:              Open 24 hours.

Saturday:          Open 24 hours.

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Waiting Time

None

 

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Entrance Fee

No

 

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Time you can spend

2-3 hours

 

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Weather

Broken Clouds 14.31°C

 

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