Bridge over Untroubled Waters

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Lucerne’s iconic Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) was originally constructed in 1333 (making it the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe), but a fire (thought to be caused by a thoughtlessly discarded cigarette) destroyed over half of it in 1993.

It was reconstructed at significant cost by 1994 and its diagonal span across the Reuss River is a magnet for visitors to the city. It’s particularly charming in summer, when it’s bedecked with bright summer blooms and during dusk (when you’ll definitely want to take a few photos).

Underneath its wooden roof, there are paintings dating back to the 17th century (although some are reproductions, due to fire damage). Its octagonal water tower, which survived the 1993 fire, has been used in the past as a prison, archive and treasury.

Categories: See & Do: Historical |
Tags: Must-see |

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