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Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke) Tours

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Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke)
The oldest covered bridge in Europe, Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke) has spanned the river Reuss in Lucerne since the Middle Ages. Decorated with paintings along the interior, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Switzerland.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.


Address: Lucerne 6003, Switzerland
Admission: Free
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Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Best Swiss Experience

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Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Best Swiss Experience

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Home to medieval architecture and spectacular lakeside scenery, Lucerne is widely considered the jewel in Switzerland’s crown. On this tour, explore Lucerne and surrounds by foot and by boat, and see the best of the city in one day. With your guide to lead the way, hit top attractions including the Chapel Bridge and Lucerne Castle, and gain insight into centuries of colorful Swiss history. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
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  • 3 hours
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Lucerne Water Tower's inside Guided Visit

Lucerne Water Tower's inside Guided Visit

The water tower, together with the Chapel Bridge, are the symbol of Lucerne. A spiral staircase leads up to the wooden clerestory. Together with the octagonal pyramid roof, it completes the Water Tower, which in its full splendor is about 35 meters high. We will visit, learn history and see all its different sections including: the Dungeon, Treasure little chamber, armory room, main tower room and the pyramid shaped roof floor. Round up your tower experience on a 30 min tour extension with an Aperitif: snacks, cheese plate, fresh bread, alcoholic or non alcoholic drinks or an entire dinner in this unique venue!
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  • 1 hour
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$725.69
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Lucerne

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Lucerne "CH" Experience: Cheese, Chocolate and Chapel Bridge

This unique one hour small group tour combines sightseeing of Chapel Bridge with Water Tower and Chocolate and cheese tastings. It is the best way to spend a short time in one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland. Your guide will meet you in front of Lucerne train station and walk with you along the river where he will share his knowledge of the most iconic monuments in the city: the Chapel Bridge and the Water Tower. Continue to sample some of the best sweet pleasures on a chocolate tasting while enjoying the view of the old town. Walk along Lake Lucerne towards one of the most traditional cheese Deli shop to enjoy real alpine cheese. This short but rich alpine experience is the best way to know Lucerne through its tastes, culture and people. If you still want to keep discovering and enjoying this alpine jewel, get our one hour Sightseeing Cruise group tour as an optional extension.
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Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Luzern

Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Luzern

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Delve deep into the Swiss countryside and admire the spectacular mountain scenery on this private Mt Pilatus tour from Lucerne. Hop aboard your boat on Lake Lucerne with a private guide and enjoy a relaxing 1-hour cruise on the tranquil waters. Admire panoramic views over the shoreline and peaks on route to Alpnachstad. Then, take the steep cog-wheel railway to the summit of Mt Pilatus at a dizzying 6,981 feet (2,128 meters) above sea level. After free time at the top, descend through Fräkmüntegg and Kriens then return to Lucerne.
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  • 7 hours
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Private Classic Lucerne City Walk

Private Classic Lucerne City Walk

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See Lucerne’s must-see sights and lesser-known gems in just a couple of hours. The ideal tour if you’re short on time, this classic Lucerne city walk covers everything you need to know about the city. Explore with your own private guide and ask as many questions as you like while you go, discovering the Lion Monument, Musegg Wall, and even the inside of Ritter Palace.
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  • 2 hours
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$156.30
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Official Guided City Tour of Lucerne

Official Guided City Tour of Lucerne

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Lucerne boasts many cultural and historical landmarks, but discovering its highlights can be difficult on a self-led tour. Explore sights such as the Musegg Wall, the Chapel Bridge and the Jesuit Church on the Official Guided City Tour, and gain intimate insight into the city’s history and culture as you stroll the streets, squares, and alleys with your local guide.
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  • 2 hours
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Official Guided City Tour of Lucerne for Private Groups

Official Guided City Tour of Lucerne for Private Groups

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Join a private guide for a tour of Lucerne’s medieval architecture, Chapel Bridge, Water Tower, Jesuit Church, and more; walking through the city with a local guide unlocks the history, colorful characters, and legends behind each place you’ll see. From the departure point to start time, this private tour offers a flexible experience that’s ideal for groups with constrained schedules, trading time in transit for even more sightseeing.
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  • 2 hours
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City tour plus Lucerne

City tour plus Lucerne

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Guided private city tour with the most important Lucerne sights. In addition, the non-tourist areas of the city are shown exclusively with local guides.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$94.90
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Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Small Group Tour from Luzern

Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Small Group Tour from Luzern

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The "Golden Round Trip" — a popular route for tourists — involves taking a boat from Lucerne across Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad, going up on the cogwheel railway, coming down on the aerial cableways and panorama gondolas, and taking a bus back to Lucerne with your private tourguide.  Mount Pilatus is a mountain massiv with several peaks, overlooking Lucerne. The top can be reached with the Pilatus Railway, the world's steepest cogwheel railway, from Alpnachstad, operating from May to November (depending on snow conditions) and the whole year with the aerial panorama gondolas and aerial cableways from Kriens.
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  • 7 hours
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Best of Lucerne in 60 minutes - Discover the city with a Local

Best of Lucerne in 60 minutes - Discover the city with a Local

This experience is provided by a private local. You only have an hour to fall in love with Lucerne? Challenge accepted! Discover Lucerne during a short but sweet excursion during which you will learn the most intriguing facts about the history, the local lifestyle, and the contemporary transformation of the city. We will meet at the train station and go on our stroll from there :-) Discover what the everyday life of a local looks like and learn where the city gets its characteristic ambience from, by seeing it through the eyes of a local. Walking through the city, you will discover exactly what makes Lucerne special! This is also your chance to get insider tips about the best cafes, restaurants and bars to visit during your time here, and learn how to make the most out of your visit. This is the perfect experience for someone visiting the city for the first time, or someone that wants to rediscover it!
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  • 1 hour
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Best of Lucerne Walking Photography Tour

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Best of Lucerne Walking Photography Tour

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Surrounded by soaring peaks and shimmering lakes, pretty Lucerne is a photographer’s dream destination—but knowing the best spots for the finest photographs requires local knowledge. On this small-group tour, limited to 10 people, explore the streets and landmarks of Lucerne as your photographer guide helps you capture the city on camera. Along the way, snap top attractions including the medieval Chapel Bridge and the 14th century Museggmauer city walls.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private 1.5-Hour Nightwatchman Walk in Medieval Lucerne

Private 1.5-Hour Nightwatchman Walk in Medieval Lucerne

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Explore Lucerne’s medieval history on this private 1.5-hour Nightwatchman walking tour. Follow a private guide through the historic streets of Lucerne and gain insight into city life during the Middle Ages. Learn of local legends and folklore, hear hair-raising tales of demons and witches, and gain insight into the law and order of the day. See the 16th-century Martiniplan — the city’s first map — and admire historic buildings still in place today. Along the way, discover top sites of interest including the Water Tower, St Peter’s Chapel and Kapellplatz.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
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$256.78
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Luzern City Tour with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Luzern

Luzern City Tour with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Luzern

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Explore the history and culture of one of the Swiss Alps’ most popular towns on this half-day Lucerne city tour with Lake Lucerne sightseeing boat trip. Follow a private guide along the banks of the Reuss River and choose your own route to take in the attractions of most interest. Delve into Lucerne’s historic Old Town, stroll along the city walls, and see the 16th-century houses for which Lucerne is famous. Then, take a sightseeing boat trip across Lake Lucerne and listen to commentary via audioguide.
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  • 4 hours
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$223.29
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Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Total Swiss Experience

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Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Total Swiss Experience

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Surrounded by soaring Alpine peaks and the shimmering waters of Lake Lucerne, beautiful Lucerne is widely considered the jewel in Switzerland’s crown. On this tour, explore the city and Lake Lucerne on foot and by sightseeing boat, with your photographer guide on hand to capture your day’s adventures on camera. Pose for photos at top attractions including the Chapel Bridge, and ensure your whole group features in your holiday snaps.
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  • 3 hours
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7-Day Taste of Europe Tour from Lucerne: Switzerland, Italy and France

7-Day Taste of Europe Tour from Lucerne: Switzerland, Italy and France

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First-time European travelers can enjoy the sights and sounds of Europe without the stress of planning on this inclusion-packed, weeklong adventure. You're whisked from Switzerland to Italy and France, with several stops along the way. Experience the French Riviera, see the lights of Paris, and marvel at Lucerne's Alpine scenery. With optional activities with nightly lodging included, you can enjoy the flexibility of independent travel without the hassles of planning.
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  • 7 days
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$705.13
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Essential Lucerne Photography Tour

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Essential Lucerne Photography Tour

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Culturally diverse and infinitely scenic, Lucerne is a photographer’s ideal city. This tour takes photography enthusiasts to secret vantage points, beguiling back streets, monuments and historic landmarks, and dramatic landscapes. No experience is necessary, as your photographer-guide will offer advice as you shoot. Any camera, from simple point-and-shoots to complex DSLRs are encouraged. The guide will also take photos of participants and share them in an online gallery after the tour.  
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$312.60
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$390.75
$78.15 savings
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Photogenic Lucerne with a Local

Photogenic Lucerne with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. Come with me to discover the city of Lucerne through your camera lens! Join me on this short city walk for the unique opportunity to get to know the city from an insider’s point of view and to take stunning pictures of it at the same time! Our walk will take us from KKL to Musegg Wall. While you use your camera to capture the beauty of Lucerne you will also get to discover local spots and hidden gems that your typical tourist tour won’t show you.Treat your curiosity by discovering an alternative side of Lucerneand all the unique beauty it has to offer! Don't forget to book the Experience at a suitable time to have the best light possible for the pictures! During this Experience, you will have the chance to take panorama pictures from two opposite hills and afterwards, let me know which side you preferred!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.45
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$71.45

1 Hour Private Walk of Lucerne with a Local

1 Hour Private Walk of Lucerne with a Local

This experience is provided by a private local. You only have an hour to fall in love with Lucerne? Challenge accepted! Discover Lucerne during a short but sweet excursion during which you will learn the most intriguing facts about the history, the local lifestyle, and the contemporary transformation of the city. We will meet at the train station and go on our stroll from there :-) Discover what the everyday life of a local looks like and learn where the city gets its characteristic ambience from, by seeing it through the eyes of a local. Walking through the city, you will discover exactly what makes Lucerne special! This is also your chance to get insider tips about the best cafes, restaurants and bars to visit during your time here, and learn how to make the most out of your visit. This is the perfect experience for someone visiting the city for the first time, or someone that wants to rediscover it!
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.71
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Lucerne City Tour With All You Can Eat Cheese Fondue And Raclette Evening Cruise

Lucerne City Tour With All You Can Eat Cheese Fondue And Raclette Evening Cruise

Say cheese! Learn about the history of Lucerne on a 2.5 hrs walking tour led by a local guide, then experience its love affair with cheese on an All you can eat Fondue or Raclette culinary experience on a three hrs. evening boat trip around Lake Lucerne. Good food and great views make for a fantastic combination on this jovial evening cruise that showcases the very best of Swiss cuisine. You'll see the most iconic landmarks of the most beautiful Swiss city from the water and from the best panorama viewing points in a lovely and relaxing Swiss experience. We will visit the Lion Monument and take a lift to Lucerne Castle to admire the most stunning alpine views!
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$390.75
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Private Lucerne City Walking Tour

Private Lucerne City Walking Tour

The best way to delve into the portal of Switzerland Lucerne is to take a foot tour through the landmarks of the medieval city. It is home to the world’s historical heritage and outstanding architecture in each corner.
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  • 2 hours
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$446.58
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$446.58
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Lucerne Fondue Winter Pleasure with Lake Trip and City Tour

Lucerne Fondue Winter Pleasure with Lake Trip and City Tour

Say cheese! and Pick your favourite cheese fondue from 100 variations! Learn about the history of Lucerne in a combined walking and boat tour led by a local guide for a small group, then experience the Swiss love affair with cheese on a mouth-watering Fondue Pleasure. Good food, well preserved history and great alpine views make for a fantastic combination on this amazing Swiss culinary and history adventure that showcases the very best of the local culinary arts (100 different fondue cheese types) . You'll also see the most iconic landmarks of the most beautiful Swiss city from the water and from the best panorama viewing points. We will also visit the Lion Monument and take a lift to Lucerne Castle to enjoy stunning Alpine Views! 
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$390.75
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Mount Rigi with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Luzern

Mount Rigi with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Luzern

The peaceful waters of Lake Lucerne and the mighty summit of Mt. Rigi are two of the Swiss Alps’ most popular sights, but reaching them by public transport can be a challenge. This private 8-hour combination cruise and cog-wheel railway tour from the city makes it possible to check both off your list in a day, plus take in other sites of interest such as the town of Arth-Goldau.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$270.18
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$270.18
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Private 2-hour Walking tour of Lucern with official tour guide

Private 2-hour Walking tour of Lucern with official tour guide

Enjoy this private 2-hour walking tour of the beautiful city of Lucern with your private official tour guide. You’ll discover the most emblematic sites of this German-speaking city located on the shores of Lake Lucerne, while you will enjoy picturesque views around nearly every turn as you visit several top city attractions. - SAVE COVID-19 SAFE - As this is a private tour we take care of maintaining social distance
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$397.00
per group
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The Instagrammable Places of Lucerne with a Local

The Instagrammable Places of Lucerne with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. If you want to spice up your Instagram feed and impress your friends with stunning shots from your travels, then you are at the right place! Let me show you the most beautiful and impressive spots in Lucerne and guide you with some useful tips to take good pictures from your phone or camera! Of course, while strolling through the city and taking photos of the most unique places (like the wonderful view you could get from the Musegg wall) you will also get to know more about Lucerne and learn about its secrets from a local’s perspective. Join me on this adventure to give you insta feed an upgrade. Make sure you don’t book this experience too late, as we don’t want to miss the golden hour!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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What's the best way to experience Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke)?