The Chapel Bridge over the Reuss river is the most famous of Lucerne’s medieval wooden bridges. Hidden under its eaves are a series of triangular paintings, created in the 17th century, showing the history of Switzerland. Some were destroyed by fire 20 years ago, but enough have been restored to make crossing this bridge a magical collision of fairytale and art gallery. At the gateway to the old town is the 14th century water tower, which was once a torture chamber, then an artillery- and now the home of a family of Alpine swifts. The old town itself is full of charm, with exquisitely painted facades decorating several of the buildings. But take care- it’s alarmingly easy to stagger into a barrel organ, whilst craning your neck in admiration.
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In the Mood
A Tramp Abroad- Mark Twain
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (partly filmed on Mount Pilatus)
The Siegfried Idyll- Wagner, (composed in Lucerne)