Chapel bridge is probably one of the most famous land marks in Lucerne, Switzerland. When I first saw it I went “Wow”! What a beautiful bridge!
The bridge is 204m long and it stretches over the Reuss River. It was built in 1333 and it was designed to help protect the city from attacks. It is also the oldest bridge in Europe and a major tourist attraction.
Adjoining the bridge is a Water Tower which is built in an octagonal shape. It is hard to believe that this peaceful tower was once used as a torture chamber and prison.
The inside of the wooden bridge is very interesting. I almost ended up with a stiff neck as I was looking up all the time to see the paintings. While you are walking you will see paintings that are dating back to the 17th century detailing events from Lucerne’s history.
A fire in 1993 destroyed much of the bridge but it was rebuilt. I did not know it at the time but most of the paintings were lost and it was replaced in 2003. Luckily by the time I got to see it was all perfect.
I will always remember this bridge fondly because it made such an impression on me. Whenever I see a photograph of it, I smile and think to myself “What a beautiful bridge!”
Where: Lucerne, Switzerland
When: 7 April 2004