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    Chapel Bridge in Switzerland

    Switzerland lacks no wonders and that is the reason people love to visit this lovely destination a lot. With wonderful history, rich cultural heritage, lovely people and delicious gastronomy, Switzerland welcome everyone with open arms. One of the must-visit attractions in Switzerland is Europe's oldest covered bridge, the Kapellbrücke/Chapel Bridge on the Reuss River. Pack your bags and plan a mesmerising trip to Switzerland and explore some real gems. 

    About Chapel Bridge in Switzerland

    Europe's oldest covered bridge was built in the year 1333 and in the 17th century, the pictorial panels with scenes of Swiss and Lucerne’s history were incorporated. Chapel Bridge was originally a part of the city's fortifications to connect the old part of town with the new part and also to serve as protection. There is a part of the bridge known as the “Water Tower” that does not hold water but stands on the water is 30 years older than the bridge and was used as a prison and archive. 

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    This bridge serves as the city's symbol and is known for its unique designs. In 1993, Chapel Bridge caught fire and this caused a lot of damage to it which is still evident. It took around US$2.1 million to bring the bridge to its former glory. This breathtaking bridge is Switzerland’s main tourist attraction and you should visit it in your Switzerland package.

    Basic Information

    • Official Name: Kapellbrücke
    • Length: 170 metres (558 ft)
    • Construction Begin: 1333
    • Opened: 1333
    • Architectural Style: Truss bridge
    • Destroyed by Fire: August 18, 1993
    • Rebuild: April 14, 1994
    • A total number of Pictures: 62 on the bridge out of which some burned (originally 158)
    • Cost: Visiting the bridge is free
    • Timings: Open to the public 24/7
    • Accessible: The bridge is wheelchair accessible

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    Nearby Places to Explore

    Old Town Lucerne 

    Explore the old town of Lucerne which is set on the left bank of the Reuss River. You can wander around the town and explore mediaeval walls, narrow streets, half-timbered houses, 15th-century buildings and watchtowers. You can also buy some amazing traditional souvenirs. 

    Kornmarkt

    The best place to shop in the city is none other than Kornmarkt. There are plenty of shops with ancient charm. Every shopping lover must visit this place in Lucerne.

    Museum Rosengart Collection

     It is a private art collection of artist Angela Rosengart. People who love art and creativity must visit Museum Rosengart Collection. This place houses more than 200 imported paintings and over 20 famous 19th and 20th-century masterpieces by very popular artists including Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne, Monet and many others. Visit and explore, art lovers!

    Lake Lucerne

    You can visit this extremely beautiful lake which is nearby the Chapel Bridge. This lake is situated between steep limestone mountains providing the best views ever. You visit here to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and have peace and serenity. You can also ride a boat and create a sweet memory with your loved ones on your Switzerland holiday package.  

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      Frequently asked questions

      Why is Chapel Bridge famous?
      Chapel Bridge is known for its unique paintings installed inside of the bridge on the top in a triangular shape. These paintings depict the history of the Swiss as well as Lucerne. Other than this, the unique style of the bridge also attracts many visitors.
      How old is Chapel Bridge?
      Chapel Bridge is 689 years old and is one of the oldest wooden bridges in the world.
      How long is Chapel Bridge?
      Chapel Bridge is 205 metres long and is built on River Reuss. It connects the old city of Lucerne with the new city.
      Which is the world’s oldest wooden bridge?
      Kapellbrücke or the Chapel Bridge is the world’s oldest wooden bridge. The surviving truss bridge is the symbol of the city Lucerne.
      When did Chapel Bridge burn and what caused it to burn?
      Chapel Bridge was burned on 18 August 1993 and the exact cause of the fire is still unknown to this day.
      On which river, Chapel Bridge is built?
      Chapel Bridge is built on the Reuss River in Lucerne and is one of the most popular bridges ever.
      Why was Chapel Bridge built?
      Chapel Bridge was built to connect the old part of the city with the new part of the city and also to serve as protection from attacks. It was originally a part of the city's fortifications.
      In which year was the Chapel Bridge built?
      The famous Chaple Bridge was built in the year 1333 and was rebuilt on April 14, 1994, after getting damaged by the fire.
      Which is Europe's oldest covered bridge?
      Europe's oldest covered bridge is none other than the Kapellbrücke/Chapel Bridge on the Reuss River.
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