This 670-foot-long bridge is the oldest wooden bridge in Europe and one of Switzerland's main tourist attractions. It was recently renovated after a large part of the bridge was burned. Walking on the bridge provides nice views of Lucerne's Old Town and riverside.

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
FamilyExpert Rating 3.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children aged 3 - 5 , 6 - 12 and 13 - 17
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  • This is the oldest covered wood bridge in all of Europe, built in the 14th century as part of the town's defense fortifications. Look for the Water Tower, Lucerne's iconic landmark built in 1300 and rising almost 112 feet in the air. The tower was used as a treasury, a prison, and a torture chamber, among other things.
  • The tower was severely damaged by fire in 1993, and has been almost entirely restored (reconstructed), so if you're purists it is no longer completely authentic, though the restoration was exceptional.
  • You can walk its 656-foot length; some tourists have noticed an abundance of spiders in the rafters so you may want to take hats.

The Chapel Bridge, spanning the River Reuss
Price: free

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 41 (0)41 227 17 17
Fax: 41 (0)41 221 17 20
Price Information: free
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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