Photographer's Note

This bridge is located near the junction of the river and the Vierwaldstättersee, or Lake of the Four Forest Cantons (also known as Lake Lucerne). The bridge bends as it leaves the shore, then angles across the river past a stone Wasserturm (Water Tower) that is believed to have once served as the lucerna, or lighthouse, after which the town was named.

The Kapellbrücke--"Chapel Bridge" in English--was built in 1333. As you cross its 200-meter length, you'll see 120 captioned triangular paintings from the early 1500s that chronicle the city's history. The paintings feature St. Mauritius and St. Leodegar, the patron saints of Lucerne.

The Kapellbrücke was nearly destroyed by a 1993 fire, and much of what stands today is an excellent restoration (or reproduction, if you're a cynic or uncompromising realist).

NOTE: If you're prone to arachnophobia, you may need to wear a hat and walk quickly when crossing the bridge. Large spiders have been known to spin impressive webs in the Kapellbrücke's rafters--and that's something else you won't read in the tourist brochures!
This is certainly the most famous bridge in Switzerland and this view is a classic.

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Additional Photos by Jean Francois Taillard (corniste) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 493 W: 119 N: 617] (4280)
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