Kapellbrücke, Lucerne
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Kapellbrücke, Lucerne

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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. Lucerne is unique in that its three wooden pedestrian bridges, the 14th-century Hofbrücke (now destroyed) and Kapellbrücke and the 16th-century Spreuerbrücke, all featured painted interior triangular frames. None of Europe’s other wooden footbridges have this feature. The paintings, dating back to the 17th century and executed by local Catholic painter Hans Heinrich Wägmann, depict events from Lucerne’s history. Of the original 158 paintings, 147 existed before the 1993 fire. After the fire, the remains of 47 paintings were collected, but ultimately only 30 were fully restored.

  • The bridge is a world famous landmark so it is absolutely gorgeous piece of art if you can match it with a sunset or magic hour background.
  • Visibility to the sunset is very limited due to the position of the bridge, as there are hills blocking its view. Furthermore, since the bridge is triangularly laid out, to take a photo of its best angle, one has to face the east side which means it’s impossible to see the sunset behind.
  • The bridge is only a few minutes walk from the Luzern railway station, with buses and ferries network also connected nearby.
  • Some crowd is expected here but everyone doesn’t stay at the bridge for too long, so it is possible to wait for an empty bridge for best photo opportunity.
Kapellbrücke, Lucerne
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