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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.

Ensure you have lots of time at Chapel Bridge. Below are some of the top things to do:

Examine our Lucerne things to do page to discover many more activities while you're in the area.


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Ameron Luzern Hotel Flora ¥12,757
Ameron Luzern Hotel Flora

Ameron Luzern Hotel Flora

Seidenhofstrasse 5, Lucerne, LU
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located near the slopes, this Lucerne hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Jesuit Church, Chapel Bridge, and Lucerne Town Hall. Loewenplatz and KKL Lucerne are also within 15 minutes. Lucerne Station is only a 4-minute walk and Werftestrasse Luzern Station is 10 minutes.

    Astoria Lucerne ¥13,114
    Astoria Lucerne

    Astoria Lucerne

    Pilatusstrasse 29, Lucerne
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Lucerne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Franciscan Church, Chapel Bridge, and Lucerne Town Hall. Loewenplatz and KKL Lucerne are also within 1 mi (2 km). Lucerne Station is 6 minutes by foot and Werftestrasse Luzern Station is 11 minutes.

      Des Alpes Luzern ¥15,003
      Des Alpes Luzern

      Des Alpes Luzern

      Furrengasse 3, Lucerne
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Lucerne, this hotel is steps from Saint Peters Church, Lucerne Town Hall, and Chapel Bridge. Loewenplatz and KKL Lucerne are also within 10 minutes. Lucerne Station is 6 minutes by foot and Werftestrasse Luzern Station is 12 minutes.

        Hotel Central Luzern ¥16,030
        Hotel Central Luzern

        Hotel Central Luzern

        Morgartenstrasse 4, Lucerne, LU
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located near the slopes, this Lucerne hotel is in the mountains and within a 10-minute walk of Chapel Bridge, Lucerne Town Hall, and Saint Peters Church. Loewenplatz and Lion Monument are also within 15 minutes. Lucerne Station is only a 3-minute walk and Werftestrasse Luzern Station is 9 minutes.

          Hotel Monopol ¥15,962
          Hotel Monopol

          Hotel Monopol

          Pilatusstrasse 1, Lucerne, LU
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Lucerne, this hotel is steps from Chapel Bridge and KKL Lucerne. Lucerne Town Hall and Loewenplatz are also within 15 minutes. Lucerne Station is only a 2-minute walk and Werftestrasse Luzern Station is 8 minutes.

            Hotel Des Balances ¥18,219
            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 steps from Rosengart Collection and Lucerne Town Hall. Chapel Bridge and Loewenplatz are also within 10 minutes. Lucerne Station is 7 minutes by foot and Werftestrasse Luzern Station is 14 minutes.

              Hotel Continental Park ¥16,294
              Hotel Continental Park

              Hotel Continental Park

              Murbacherstrasse 4, Lucerne, LU
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Lucerne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of KKL Lucerne, Jesuit Church, and Lucerne Arts Museum. Chapel Bridge and Franciscan Church are also within 10 minutes. Lucerne Station is only a 4-minute walk and Werftestrasse Luzern Station is 8 minutes.

                Waldstaetterhof Swiss Quality Hotel ¥18,273
                Waldstaetterhof Swiss Quality Hotel

                Waldstaetterhof Swiss Quality Hotel

                Zentralstrasse 4, Lucerne, LU
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Lucerne, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of KKL Lucerne and Chapel Bridge. Lucerne Town Hall and Loewenplatz are also within 15 minutes. Lucerne Station is only a 2-minute walk and Werftestrasse Luzern Station is 9 minutes.