The Kapellbrücke (literally, Chapel Bridge) is a covered wooden footbridge spanning the river Reuss diagonally in the city of Lucerne in central Switzerland. Named after the nearby St. Peter's Chapel, the bridge is unique in containing a number of interior paintings dating back to the 17th century, although many of them were destroyed along with a larger part of the centuries-old bridge in a 1993 fire. Subsequently restored, the Kapellbrücke is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe, as well as the world's oldest surviving truss bridge. It serves as the city's symbol and as one of Switzerland's main tourist attractions.
Part of the bridge complex is the octagonal 34.5 m (113 ft) tall (from ground) Wasserturm, which translates to "water tower," in the sense of 'tower standing in the water.' The tower pre-dated the bridge by about 30 years. Over the centuries, the tower has been used as a prison, torture chamber, and later a municipal archive as well as a local treasury. Today, the tower is closed to the public, although it houses a local artillery association and a tourist gift shop.
Elise Moore | Sep 2, 2016
Check hours. It was closed with no obvious hours when we tried to visit. Large tent and scaffolding in the back
Michael Dulberg | Feb 27, 2017
Very nice, at least from outside
Yanjun Wang | Mar 31, 2018
Tristan Burban | Sep 18, 2017
Jolie église avec a côté cette fontaine si catégorique des villes Suisse-allemande
Luca De Boni | Oct 28, 2017
Bella fuori ma l'interno è privo di interesse
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