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Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke)
Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke)

Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke)

Kapellbruecke, Lucerne, 6003

The Basics

Measuring 670 feet (204 meters), Chapel Bridge was first constructed around 1367 as part of Lucerne’s fortified city walls. At one end sits an octagonal stone tower used at times as a dungeon and a treasury vault, and at the other, St. Peter’s Chapel, for which the bridge is named. As one of the city’s most famous landmarks, it’s a stopping point on many guided tours of Lucerne.

A fire in 1993 severely damaged the bridge, and many of the more than 100 17th-century painted panels were destroyed—25 were saved. Since then, the bridge has been fully restored and paintings that were in storage were brought out to replace those damaged. Some burned panels remain as a reminder of the fire.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Lucerne

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Wonderful Afternoon!
Mark_S, Jul 2022
Lucerne "CH" Experience: Cheese, Chocolate, Chapel Bridge & Château
TANJA was a very pleasant and very local tour guide. Walking through Old Lucerne we visit a family own chocolate shop, generous samples, walk the Chapel Bridge, have a cheese and wine tasting, and ride the funicular up to Château Gutsch. We stayed at this mountain top hotel for drinks to enjoy the panoramic view of the city of lights - LUCERNE!
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Wonderful overview of the city.
Theresa_L, Jul 2022
Lucerne "CH" Experience: Cheese, Chocolate, Chapel Bridge & Château
Loved the overview of the city. Just enough to see highlights and then go back to see more, if desired. Great guide.
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Awesome experience
Ramona_P, Jul 2022
Lucerne "CH" Experience: Cheese, Chocolate, Chapel Bridge & Château
Everything about this experience was great. Our tour guide was awesome. He seemed to passionate about living here. The chocolate, cheese and wine experience was great and the chapel bridge and chateau were icing on the cake. Highly recommend this experience while in Lucerne.
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Very enjoyable
Jonathan_H, Jun 2022
Lucerne "CH" Experience: Cheese, Chocolate, Chapel Bridge & Château
Tour guide was really fantastic. He made this a really enjoyable tour. The chocolates and cheese were, of course, amazing. This was a great tour.
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Perfect Tour!
Blaine_L, Jun 2022
Lucerne "CH" Experience: Cheese, Chocolate, Chapel Bridge & Château
The tour with Luis was simply SPECTACULAR! One of the best things we did on our trip! The chocolate was great, the cheese and wine was perfect and the finale view point was just breathtaking
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Excellent guide/yummy chocolate
Kim_O, Jun 2022
Lucerne "CH" Experience: Cheese, Chocolate, Chapel Bridge & Château
Louis was an excellent informative and entertaining tour guide the trip to the castle hotel was the best. The chocolate store we visited was very very good.
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Tanja was an excellent guide to experience Lucerne
Kathleen_K, May 2022
Lucerne "CH" Experience: Cheese, Chocolate, Chapel Bridge & Château
Tanja was a great guide! Chocolate tasting was excellent then on to cheese and wine experience at restaurant. Very good. So much history in Lucerne to hear about. Finished up at a castle/hotel up on the hill to get the most spectacular view of Lucerne.
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Excellent overview of Lucerne
Dianna_D, May 2022
Lucerne "CH" Experience: Cheese, Chocolate, Chapel Bridge & Château
Luis was our excellent host on the tour. We enjoyed his descriptions of the history of Lucerne, and the chocolate, cheese, and wine were delicious. Highly recommend.
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Great experience
Beverly_W, May 2022
Lucerne "CH" Experience: Cheese, Chocolate, Chapel Bridge & Château
Luis was a lot of fun. He took us to some really nice places and jad lots of recommendations. . I would definitely go on another tour with him.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entry to the bridge is free.

  • The bridge marks the point where Lake Lucerne flows into the Reuss river.

  • The octagonal tower is not open to the public.

  • Chapel Bridge is the oldest surviving truss bridge in the world.

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How to Get There

Chapel Bridge is located in the center of Lucerne on the Reuss river. The city’s main railway station is a short walk away, and the bridge is accessible on foot and as part of a walking tour of the city.

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When to Get There

A public thoroughfare, the bridge is open 24 hours a day year-round. The bridge is popular with tourists and can get very busy in the summer months.

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Visit the Lion Monument

Carved into a rock face above a small pond in Lucerne city center, the Lion Monument is a memorial and must-visit for many tourists coming to Lucerne. Created in the 1820s, the statue of a dying lion is dedicated to members of the Swiss Guard at the French royal court who were murdered during the French Revolution.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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