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Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke)

Enjoy “history with a view” amid the natural beauty of Lake Lucerne from Europe’s oldest covered bridge.

Chapel Bridge is located in the heart of Lucerne and serves as a symbol of Switzerland’s medieval town. Also referred to as Kapellbrücke, the bridge is named after nearby St. Peter’s Chapel. The bridge is famed as an architectural masterpiece, because of its wood construction and iconic covered style. It is the oldest covered bridge in Europe, dating back to the 14th century.

Spanning 670 feet (204 meters), the bridge connects Old Town to New Town and allows only foot traffic. This makes it the perfect spot to leisurely admire its scenic setting and historic murals.

Chapel Bridge is located at the mouth of the Reuss River. Stand on one side of the bridge to look out over the river and turn to the other to admire Lake Lucerne. The vantage point is impressive from any angle: mountains tower behind the ancient city, their snow-capped peaks contrasting with the clear blue water of the lake. The scene is especially picturesque at sunset. Have your camera ready around dusk and find a spot along the railing before the bridge fills with other visitors.

With such striking scenery surrounding you, make sure you remember to look up. Chapel Bridge is famous for its vast collection of historic paintings tucked into the architecture. Dating back to the 17th century, the artwork displays scenes from Lucerne’s past. If you need a Swiss history lesson, don’t worry; explanations are printed beneath each painting.

The bridge leads to the Water Tower, an octagonal structure that had many uses throughout time, serving as a torture chamber and prison for centuries. Today, it is considered to be the symbol of Lucerne and houses a small gift shop. 

In 1993, a fire tore across Chapel Bridge and destroyed two-thirds of the structure and many of the original paintings. The bridge was quickly restored to look exactly as it did in the 14th century. A number of the saved paintings were restored; be sure to keep your eye out for a few charred portraits as well, which historians left to remind visitors of the fire.


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Hotel Des Balances $165
Hotel Des Balances

Hotel Des Balances

Weinmarkt, Lucerne, LU
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Lucerne, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lucerne Town Hall and Chapel Bridge. KKL Lucerne and Lion Monument are also within 15 minutes. Lucerne Station is 7 minutes by foot and Werftestrasse Luzern Station is 14 minutes.

    Altstadt Hotel Magic Luzern $93
    Altstadt Hotel Magic Luzern

    Altstadt Hotel Magic Luzern

    Brandgässli 1, Lucerne, LU
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Lucerne, this hotel is steps from Lucerne Town Hall and Chapel Bridge. KKL Lucerne and Lion Monument are also within 15 minutes. Lucerne Station is 6 minutes by foot and Werftestrasse Luzern Station is 12 minutes.

      PARK by Continental Hotel $148
      PARK by Continental Hotel

      PARK by Continental Hotel

      Morgartenstrasse 13, Lucerne
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Lucerne, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. James Way and KKL Lucerne. Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument are also within 1 mi (2 km). Lucerne Station is only a 4-minute walk and Werftestrasse Luzern Station is 7 minutes.

        Ameron Luzern Hotel Flora $147
        Ameron Luzern Hotel Flora

        Ameron Luzern Hotel Flora

        Seidenhofstrasse 5, Lucerne, LU
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Lucerne, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Jesuit Church, Chapel Bridge, and KKL Lucerne. Lion Monument and Swiss Transportation Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km). Lucerne Station is only a 4-minute walk and Werftestrasse Luzern Station is 10 minutes.

          Altstadt Hotel Krone Luzern $106
          Altstadt Hotel Krone Luzern

          Altstadt Hotel Krone Luzern

          Weinmarkt 12, Lucerne, LU
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Lucerne, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lucerne Town Hall and Chapel Bridge. KKL Lucerne and Lion Monument are also within 15 minutes. Lucerne Station is 7 minutes by foot and Werftestrasse Luzern Station is 14 minutes.

            Altstadt Hotel Le Stelle Luzern $83
            Altstadt Hotel Le Stelle Luzern

            Altstadt Hotel Le Stelle Luzern

            Hirschenplatz 3, Lucerne, LU
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the historical district, this hotel is steps from Lucerne Town Hall and Chapel Bridge. KKL Lucerne and Lion Monument are also within 15 minutes. Lucerne Station is 7 minutes by foot and Werftestrasse Luzern Station is 13 minutes.

              Grand Hotel National $318
              Grand Hotel National

              Grand Hotel National

              Haldenstrasse 4, Lucerne, LU
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Lucerne, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Casino Lucerne and Lion Monument. Chapel Bridge and KKL Lucerne are also within 15 minutes. Lucerne Station is 10 minutes by foot and Werftestrasse Luzern Station is 16 minutes.

                Chateau Guetsch $188
                Chateau Guetsch

                Chateau Guetsch

                Kanonenstrasse, Lucerne, LU
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Lucerne, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Musegg Wall, Chapel Bridge, and KKL Lucerne. Lion Monument and Swiss Transportation Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km). Lucerne Station is 21 minutes by foot and Werftestrasse Luzern Station is 28 minutes.