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Chapel Bridge and Water Tower
Top 2 in Can't Miss Attractions

454 Reviews
Liked by 6
Open Open 24 hours
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 0.5-1 hour
Address: Kapellbrücke, 6002 Luzern
Phone: +41-41-2271717

What people are saying:

The Chapel Bridge was built in 1333 and was originally built for the defense of Lucerne. The bridge body is brown, and the top of the bridge is painted red. Inside the covered bridge are about 120 paintings about the history of Lucerne painted in the 17th century. Unfortunately, most of the Cabel Bridge was destroyed in a fire in 1993 due to a ship collision accident. It was quickly rebuilt and restored to its original appearance. There is a 140-foot-high octagonal water tower (Wasserturm) in the middle of the bridge, built of bricks. This water tower was originally used as a prison, torture, observation deck and vault. Now every early summer, geraniums are planted outside the wooden bridge.

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  • Josefa O
    Josefa O
    Coppet, Nyon District, Canton of Vaud

    Walking the length of the bridge is an experience I could do again.

    It’s so authentic and beautifully situated! Easy to access and also close on where you could enjoy drinks and food.

    Reviewed on /Date(1600578049000+0800)/
  • Sharon R
    Sharon R

    Iconic monument in the heart of Lucerne

    An amazing icon of Lucerne with an interesting history—part of it tragic with the fire that destroyed half of the bridge in the 90s. Don’t forget to look upwards as you walk the length of the bridge t...

    Reviewed on /Date(1600134184000+0800)/
  • Stefano C
    Stefano C

    Wonderful, scenic, lovely

    In my personal opinion, one of the most scenic and lovely places in Europe, and, I would say, in the world. I felt in love with the Kappelbruecke !!!

    Reviewed on /Date(1599169712000+0800)/
  • b0fi
    National Capital Territory of Delhi, India

    Amazing architecture

    The Chapel Bridge is an amazing place considering how old it is (despite the fact it had to be restored in part due to a fire). It offers spectacular views from all sides and has old paintings inside ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1598170175000+0800)/
  • debk16

    Beautiful chapel bridge

    Visited in mid December while staying close by at Hotel Monopol. Hubby and I got up early each morning and walked to the bridge before breakfast to enjoy the amazing scenery around the lake and the ch...

    Reviewed on /Date(1594308621000+0800)/

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The Capel Covered Bridge and the Octagonal Water Tower are landmarks in Lucerne and even Switzerland, and often appear on postcards. Built in 1332, the Kappel Covered Bridge connects the two sides of Lucerne. It is the old wooden covered bridge in Europe. It was rebuilt after the fire in 1993 and has been leading to the octagonal water tower of the representative of Lucerne. Like the Museg City Wall, this bridge and water tower are also part of the Lucerne fortifications.
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