Lucerne – Water sources

The snowy mountain in the landscaped scenery with the lake and river are surely stunning elements that make Lucerne so special with a direct connection with nature.

You can consider exploring Lake Lucerne by taking a cruise in the area and even combining your excursion with the exploration of Mount Rigi. When in Lucerne, the snowy peaks seem  to be so far away but are reachable on a day trip to Mount Rigi. Sitting at an altitude of 1797 meters, you may want to reach its top where the view makes Lucerne so small.

Lake Bridge (Seebrücke) is one of the busiest bridges in Switzerland and the point where the lake meets the river. From this bridge, the city is separated into two by the Reuss River. No cars are allowed on the next four bridges, each having its charm and offering different amazing views, due to the winding path of the river.

The four (4) main pedestrian bridges that any visitor must consider walking during their visit are:

·         Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) (1333/rebuilt in 1993)

  • covered bridge
  • water tower
  • paintings of historic events

·         Town Hall Bridge (Rathaussteg) (1961)

  • ironwork – railings
  • romantic  vibes

·         Reuss Bridge (Reussbrücke)

  • ironwork – railings and lights
  • view of Chapel and Chaff Bridges
  • benches along the way to appreciate the views
  • for pedestrian and bicycles

·         Chaff Bridge or Mill Bridge (Spreuerbrücke) (1408)

  • the oldest covered bridge in Lucerne
  • with a tiny Chapel
  • painting of the Dance of the Death is unique

While there is more circulation and cars, reaching the Geissmattbrücke should be considered to have a closer look at the Nölliturm, one of the nine still standing towers and the only round one which is part of the Musegg wall.  A section of the bridge is clearly reserved for pedestrians and bicycles.

You can also have a lovely view of the lake from the Musegg wall from atop of the towers of Männliturm or Zytturm or Schirmerturm which are open to the public.

The Lucerne Dam, known as the Needle Dam, takes its name from the fact that the model presents spikes, built in 1859/1860 to compensate for the sudden rise of the waters of the lake by regulating the water flow transfer to the Reuss River. It is an interesting viewpoint of the city between the Reussbrücke and Spreurbrüke.