Lake Lucerne, highlight of the city
The old town and its museums
Lucerne is a fascinating city, largely due to its medieval architecture around Lake Lucerne. Its covered wooden bridges, vestiges of the Middle Ages, became the emblems of the city. The Kapellbrücke or "Chapel Bridge", which was built in 1333, is the oldest covered wooden bridge in Europe. Under his height, triangular paintings depict the history of Switzerland, as well as that of Lucerne and its patron saints. In the middle of the bridge, enter the Wasserturm: this octagonal water tower was originally part of the wall surrounding the city. The building has had many uses over time: watchtower, treasure room, as well as being used as a prison cell and torture chamber... A few metres away, the Spreuerbrücke, nicknamed by people from Lucerne "The Bridge of the Dance of the Dead" is an amazing masonry work. It is decorated with 67 paintings illustrating the theme of the Danse of the Dead.