More about Lucerne
Lucerne's famous landmark is the Kapellbrücke (Chapel)
Bridge, separating Lucerne's Old and New Town. The oldest wooden
bridge in Europe, built in the 14th century, it was constructed to
help protect the city of Lucerne against attacks. Inside, a series
of paintings from the 17th century display the city's history. Many
of these were destroyed in the 1993 fire; although the bridge was
quickly reconstructed in 1994 some of the damage remains today.
Adjoining the bridge is the water tower, which has served as a
prison, torture chamber, watchtower and treasury. The Tourist
Information Centre is only minutes' walk from Chapel Bridge.
The Lion Monument
In 1821 Bertel Thorvaldsen designed this impressive
monument carved out of natural rock to commemorate the death of the
Swiss heroes during the attack on Tuileriers Palace in Paris 1792,
during the French Revolution.