If Grey’s Anatomy’s Derek Shepherd has a thing for ferry boats, I have a thing for bridges. I think bridges are beautiful. Some of my favourites are the Brooklyn Bridge (New York, USA), Dunvegan Bridge (Alberta, Canada), and Tower Bridge (London, UK).
Today, however, we are going to be learning more about the Kapellbrücke in Lucerne, Switzerland.
The Kapellbrücke or the Chapel Bridge is Europe’s oldest wooden-covered bridge. It is 204.6 metres (670 feet) long. The bridge was actually named after St. Peter’s Chapel.
Pro tip: When walking on the bridge, be sure to look up!
The bridge was built in 1332. Paintings which date back to 1611 can be found under the bridge’s roof. Personally, I find the paintings creepy as it shows skeletal figures. Sadly, most of the paintings were destroyed by a fire that broke out on Aug. 18, 1993. It was reported that two-thirds of the bridge were destroyed. The good news, however, is that the bridge was completely restored the next year. Still, only about 25 out of the 110 paintings under the roof survived.
Today, the Kapellbrücke is considered as one of Lucerne’s main attraction including the River Reuss which flows underneath the Chapel Bridge.