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    The Iconic Attraction of Lucerne (4)

    by machomikemd Written Nov 19, 2015

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    final part of my tips with pictures of the frames which were restored and with some burn out remains as reminders of the f1993 fire.

    this will be a four part tip with pictures of the bridge, the restored areas after the disastrous 1993 fire which destroyed parts of the bridge (and the charred remains of the previous paintings) and the preserved paintings which was spared of the fire.

    The most Iconic Attraction of Lucerne of which you would see at the post cards and travel pages of Lucerne is the Kapellbrücke of the Jesuit Chapel Bridge, which is the wooden bridge that connects old town to the Saint Peter Chapel of which the end point lies at the back of the Lucerne Theater.. The chapel bridge is the world's oldest surviving truss bridge ( structure of connected elements forming triangular units) and Europe's oldest surviving wooden bridge. The bridge is 170 meters in length (554 feet) and crosses the river reuss diagonally. The bridge was built in 1333 AD simultaneously with the old town Lucerne walls and towers and fortifucations 30 years after the wasserturm (water tower) which lies beside it, was made.

    The prominent attraction inside the bridge beside the panoramic views of the river and old town from the bridge is the series of painted interior triangular frames painted in the 17th century by local painter Hans Heinrich Wägmann who painted the frames in the chapel bridge and the spuerbruck and the now destroyed hofbrucke of which many were destroyed in the 1993 fire of which only 47 frames were saved from the 157 made in the Jesuit bridge and just 30 were restored of which you can see the charred remains of the frames which were destroyed in sections of the bridge. While the bridge was partially destroyed by the 1993 fire, it was restored in 1994 of which they let the charred remains of the wooden frames as a reminder of the fire.

    The bridge is open 24/7 and there is no admission fee.

    Address: Kapellbrücke, 6002 Luzern Switzerland

    Directions: Kapellbrücke, 6002 Luzern Switzerland

    Phone: +41 (0)41 227 17 17

    Website: http://www.luzern.com/en/water-tower

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    The Iconic Attraction of Lucerne (1)

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 19, 2015

    this will be a four part tip with pictures of the bridge, the restored areas after the disastrous 1993 fire which destroyed parts of the bridge (and the charred remains of the previous paintings) and the preserved paintings which was spared of the fire.

    The most Iconic Attraction of Lucerne of which you would see at the post cards and travel pages of Lucerne is the Kapellbrücke of the Jesuit Chapel Bridge, which is the wooden bridge that connects old town to the Saint Peter Chapel of which the end point lies at the back of the Lucerne Theater.. The chapel bridge is the world's oldest surviving truss bridge ( structure of connected elements forming triangular units) and Europe's oldest surviving wooden bridge. The bridge is 170 meters in length (554 feet) and crosses the river reuss diagonally. The bridge was built in 1333 AD simultaneously with the old town Lucerne walls and towers and fortifucations 30 years after the wasserturm (water tower) which lies beside it, was made.

    The prominent attraction inside the bridge beside the panoramic views of the river and old town from the bridge is the series of painted interior triangular frames painted in the 17th century by local painter Hans Heinrich Wägmann who painted the frames in the chapel bridge and the spuerbruck and the now destroyed hofbrucke of which many were destroyed in the 1993 fire of which only 47 frames were saved from the 157 made in the Jesuit bridge and just 30 were restored of which you can see the charred remains of the frames which were destroyed in sections of the bridge. While the bridge was partially destroyed by the 1993 fire, it was restored in 1994 of which they let the charred remains of the wooden frames as a reminder of the fire.

    The bridge is open 24/7 and there is no admission fee.

    Address: Kapellbrücke, 6002 Luzern Switzerland

    Directions: Kapellbrücke, 6002 Luzern Switzerland

    Phone: +41 (0)41 227 17 17

    Website: http://www.luzern.com/en/water-tower

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    The Iconic Attraction of Lucerne (2)

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 19, 2015

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    part two of my tips with pictures of the charred areas and frames which were destroyed by the 1993 fire.

    this will be a four part tip with pictures of the bridge, the restored areas after the disastrous 1993 fire which destroyed parts of the bridge (and the charred remains of the previous paintings) and the preserved paintings which was spared of the fire.

    The most Iconic Attraction of Lucerne of which you would see at the post cards and travel pages of Lucerne is the Kapellbrücke of the Jesuit Chapel Bridge, which is the wooden bridge that connects old town to the Saint Peter Chapel of which the end point lies at the back of the Lucerne Theater.. The chapel bridge is the world's oldest surviving truss bridge ( structure of connected elements forming triangular units) and Europe's oldest surviving wooden bridge. The bridge is 170 meters in length (554 feet) and crosses the river reuss diagonally. The bridge was built in 1333 AD simultaneously with the old town Lucerne walls and towers and fortifucations 30 years after the wasserturm (water tower) which lies beside it, was made.

    The prominent attraction inside the bridge beside the panoramic views of the river and old town from the bridge is the series of painted interior triangular frames painted in the 17th century by local painter Hans Heinrich Wägmann who painted the frames in the chapel bridge and the spuerbruck and the now destroyed hofbrucke of which many were destroyed in the 1993 fire of which only 47 frames were saved from the 157 made in the Jesuit bridge and just 30 were restored of which you can see the charred remains of the frames which were destroyed in sections of the bridge. While the bridge was partially destroyed by the 1993 fire, it was restored in 1994 of which they let the charred remains of the wooden frames as a reminder of the fire.

    The bridge is open 24/7 and there is no admission fee.

    Address: Kapellbrücke, 6002 Luzern Switzerland

    Directions: Kapellbrücke, 6002 Luzern Switzerland

    Phone: +41 (0)41 227 17 17

    Website: http://www.luzern.com/en/water-tower

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    The Iconic Attraction of Lucerne (3)

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 19, 2015

    part three of my tips with pictures of the frames which were not destroyed from the 1993 fire and remains in their original frames.

    this will be a four part tip with pictures of the bridge, the restored areas after the disastrous 1993 fire which destroyed parts of the bridge (and the charred remains of the previous paintings) and the preserved paintings which was spared of the fire.

    The most Iconic Attraction of Lucerne of which you would see at the post cards and travel pages of Lucerne is the Kapellbrücke of the Jesuit Chapel Bridge, which is the wooden bridge that connects old town to the Saint Peter Chapel of which the end point lies at the back of the Lucerne Theater.. The chapel bridge is the world's oldest surviving truss bridge ( structure of connected elements forming triangular units) and Europe's oldest surviving wooden bridge. The bridge is 170 meters in length (554 feet) and crosses the river reuss diagonally. The bridge was built in 1333 AD simultaneously with the old town Lucerne walls and towers and fortifucations 30 years after the wasserturm (water tower) which lies beside it, was made.

    The prominent attraction inside the bridge beside the panoramic views of the river and old town from the bridge is the series of painted interior triangular frames painted in the 17th century by local painter Hans Heinrich Wägmann who painted the frames in the chapel bridge and the spuerbruck and the now destroyed hofbrucke of which many were destroyed in the 1993 fire of which only 47 frames were saved from the 157 made in the Jesuit bridge and just 30 were restored of which you can see the charred remains of the frames which were destroyed in sections of the bridge. While the bridge was partially destroyed by the 1993 fire, it was restored in 1994 of which they let the charred remains of the wooden frames as a reminder of the fire.

    The bridge is open 24/7 and there is no admission fee.

    Address: Kapellbrücke, 6002 Luzern Switzerland

    Directions: Kapellbrücke, 6002 Luzern Switzerland

    Phone: +41 (0)41 227 17 17

    Website: http://www.luzern.com/en/water-tower

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    Bridge with 17th-Century Pictures

    by black_mimi99 Written Nov 10, 2015

    The most characteristic sight in Lucerne is the Kapellbrücke, a covered wooden bridge running diagonally across the Reuss. Apart from being a picturesque centerpiece for Lucerne, the bridge, built in 1333, is interesting for the more than 100 17th-century pictures hanging from the roof rafters inside, depicting patron saints and scenes from the town's history. The Kapellbrücke was severely damaged by fire in 1993 but has been completely rebuilt and restored. Beside it is the octagonal Wasserturm, a 13th-century water tower more than 34 meters high and once part of the town's fortifications. The bridge and tower are among the most photographed scenes in all Switzerland.

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    Kapellbrücke

    by Twan Written Jun 18, 2015

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    The Chapel Bridge (German: Kapellbrücke) is the main tourist attraction of the Swiss city of Lucerne. It is a wooden covered bridge in 1365, with a length of 204.7 meters (originally 285 meters). The bridge is located at the place where the Reuss river leaves Lake Lucerne. The Chapel Bridge is named after the nearby St. Peter's Chapel on the left bank of the Reuss, the first city parish.

    The bridge is over 650 years old, but most of the bridge is renewed after a fire on August 18, 1993 the bridge on the water tower (Wasserturm) and the two bridge heads after, had destroyed. Renewing and maintaining the bridge has been over the years always necessary; This as a result of natural wear, influence of the weather on the wood and natural catastrophes. Also, the fire in 1993 was not the first burn.

    The construction of the bridge can be traced back, according to tradition, a natural disaster in 1333. A storm on Mount Pilatus ensured that there is so much wood to the Reuss was flushed, that it has a bridge could be built. The first report on the bridge in a charter was in 1367, including the water tower was called. The water tower probably dates from about 1300.

    Initially, the function of the Chapel Bridge was not limited to the transfer of pedestrians, but made the Chapel Bridge also part of the fortifications around the city of Lucerne

    Directions: City center of Lucerne

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    Walk the Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge)

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Jan 28, 2015

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    Ask anyone what is Lucerne's most iconic site and I am sure that the Kapellbrücke or Chapel Bridge over the Reuss River would be at the top of the list. Its diagonal path and covered character makes it a charming place to view as well as walk across. Imaging that it was originally built in the 14th century is unbelievable. From what we read the fabled bridge was destroyed in 1994 and then painfully reconstructed shortly there after.

    We have the good fortune of walking the bridge when a worker was busy cleaning the some 100 pictures that are depicted on the bridge. These pictures portray the history of Lucerne over hundreds of years. The pictures were being what appeared to be dusted, sanded and repainted.

    We found that the most striking time to see the bridge was at twilight when the lights on the bridge were just coming on. Definitely a site to see,

    Directions: Midtown over the Reuss River.

    Maintenance Inside the Chapel Bridge

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    ONE OF A KIND

    by davidjo Written Aug 15, 2014

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    Lucerne was my very first destination on my first trip out of UK, and probably the most famous attraction is the Kapellbrugge (Chapel Bridge, named after the nearby St. Peters chapel), which is a covered wooden footbridge crossing the River Reuss. It is the oldest wooden bridge in Europe and the world's oldest surviving truss bridge. A 140 ft water tower, constructed earlier is part of the bridge, but it has been used as a prison, torture chamber and a municipality archive. It never actually held water but is so-called as it stands in the water. The bridge was built in 1333, but was partially destroyed by fire in 1993 and was renovated since then.

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    Still a 'must' for most...

    by leics Written Jul 1, 2013

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    The Kapellbruecke was once a wonderful early-Medieval wooden bridge, spanning the river Reuss and including the Wasserturm. The Wasseturm ('water tower') gets its name from the fact that it stands in the water of the river....at various times in the past it's been a lighthouse, a prison, and a treasury). It was built about 30 years before the first bridge, around 1303.

    You'll almost certainly want to see it, because it is perhaps *the* main sight of Lucerne.

    The original Kappellbruecke was built for defensive purposes and was longer than the version which now stands (because changes have been made to the riverbank over the centuries).

    What made the Kapellbruecke, and Lucerne's two other pedestrian bridges (the Spreurubruecke from the 1600s and the no-longer-visible Hofbruekke from the 1300s) unique were the paintings which each one had on its numerous triangular roof panels...something found nowhere else in Europe. The paintings in the Kapellbruecke were not Medieval; they dated from the 1600s and showed scenes from the history of Lucerne.

    But almost all of this was lost when...tragically... the bridge burned down in 1993, the fire starting on a boat moored nearby. There were 147 paintings surviving at that time: fragments of only 47 were found, and only 30 of those have been restored. The paintings you see now are largely modern replicas.

    And little of the bridge survived the fire either, just the landside ends.

    Yes, the Kapellbruecke has been beautifully and accurately restored and yes, you can see a very few of the original paintings. But most of it is simply a replica and, to me, that fact dramatically reduces it interest.

    I did walk across it, along with a myriad other visitors from elsewhere. Some charred timbers have been re-used and I got a whiff of burned wood as I started my crossing from the Rathausquai....something I wasn't expecting 20 years after the fire. The replica bridge and paintings have been beautifully done and I fully recognise the skill and dedication of those who re-created them both...and I fully appreciate the cost in time and money which Lucerne felt was essential in re-creating this most photographed of bridges.

    But the Kapellbruecke, as it stands now, is simply not the Medieval original and it is important that visitors recognise that fact.

    Directions: Spas the Reus from Rathausquai to Bahnhofstrasse. Very easy to find.

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    Chapel Bridge

    by Odiseya Written Dec 15, 2012

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    Chapel Bridge (German: Kapellbrücke) is famous landmark of Luzern and, for main opinion, whole Switzerland.
    This is a covered wooden footbridge and its build over Reuss River. It was named after the nearby St. Peter's Chapel. Besides characteristic exterior of the bridge maybe more interesting was interior with paintings. That paintings was dating back to the 17th (1614) century. It is triangular, painted roof panels that line its ceiling. Author was Heinrich Wägmann. Those paintings represents important events from Swiss history and mythology. Sadly, many of them were destroyed along with most of the old bridge in a fire in 1993. Only 30 of paintings was saved.
    The Kapellbrücke is also the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe and it considered for world's oldest surviving truss bridge.

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    The Icon of Lucerne

    by Maryimelda Updated Oct 24, 2011

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    Kappelbruecke was built in 1333. It is a long and winding wooden bridge which spans the Reuss River in the centre of Lucerne. It includes the landmark Wassertuerm (Water Tower) which makes it easily recognisable from a distance and is located at about the quarter way mark from the Jesuitenkirche side of the river. For a good part of each year Kappelbruecke is bedecked full length on both sides with the most beautifully coloured flowers. The picture is amazing.

    Sadly, the bridge was horrendously damaged by fire in 1992 and was rebuilt faithful to the original design. Many of the famous paintings which are found under the roof were badly damaged and whilst some were able to be rehung many others were unrecognisable. However, rather than replace them, their charred remains were put back and now serve as a reminder of that important part of the history of Kappelbruecke.

    Address: Spans the Reuss River in the Old Town

    Directions: Between Jesuitenkirche and the Hauptbahnhof.

    Main part of the bridge Wassertuerm (Water Tower) Damaged paintings under roof Walking across the bridge Charred remains
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    Kapellbrücke paintings

    by GeoV Written Mar 7, 2010

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    The bridge is, for most people, the principal sight of Lucerne and rightly so - this is one of Europe's most interesting and attractive bridges. The fire of 1993 which destroyed many of the historic paintings represented a major loss for Switzerland and Europe as a whole. Nevertheless, the successful restoration and reconstruction has returned the Kapellbrücke to where it belongs among the sights of Switzerland which one really should see. The picture of one of the bridge paintings was taken in 1988 and is, perhaps, an interesting comparison for visitors of how the restoration work matches up to the original paintings.

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    THE CHAPEL BRIDGE

    by MaheshSamtani Updated Nov 9, 2009

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    The Chapel bridge of Lucerne is another very famous and historic Swiss landmark and for sure a very good reason to go to Lucerne. Originally called the Kapellbrücke, located just in front of the main station in Lucerne, the oldest wooden bridge in Switzerland, dating back to the 14th century, which is covered and running diagonally across the Reuss river.

    Beside the bridge is the octagonal water tower which is said to have served as many things from a prison to a treasury.

    Directions: Just in fron of the main station in Lucerne

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    Right Outside Our Hotel

    by riorich55 Written Apr 22, 2009

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    We arrived in Lucerne at about 11:30 a.m. for the last day of our almost 2 week holiday in Europe. After an easy walk from the train station to our hotel we started our venture through town. After a walk through parts of the old town we came back to our hotel, walked out the back door and lo and behold the famous bridge was literally just a hop, skip and jump away.

    I won't go into the history of the bridge here, since it has been well covered by others here on VT. I will give you one impression though. As we were crossing the bridge from the entrance you see here to the other side an elderly gentlemen with a long white beard lay asleep on one of the long benches inside the bridge. As we passed I overhead a little girl in German say what I think I interpretted as that St. Nick (Santa Claus) was napping on the bridge. I looked at a video I took of the scene and indeed he could have been mistaken for a resting St. Nick.

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    The most famous bridge in Switzerland

    by Tripack Written Aug 8, 2008

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    Kapellbrücke or Chapel Bridge is probably one of the most famous Swiss landmark.
    It was constructed over the Reuss River in the first half of the XIVth century as part of the city fortufucations and remains the oldest wooden bridge in Europe. Named after nearby St. Peter's chapel. The paintings that were added in the XVIIth century illustrate scenes of Swiss and local history including the biographies of the city's patron Saints Leodegar and Mauritius.

    This Swiss heritage was heavily destroyed by a dramatic fire in 1993. Swiss population was deeply affected by this disaster and after an impressive national collect to rise fund. The bridge was quicky rebuilt in only 8 months but 78 of the initial 111 paintings were irreparably damaged.

    Website: http://www.luzern.org/pdf_doc/040326_Kapellbruecke.pdf

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