Kappellbrücke and Spreuerbrücke (Chapel Bridge and Spreuer Bridge)
Bridges have always been synonymous with Lucerne, bisected as the city is by the Reuss River. The most famous are the Kapellbrücke and the Spreuerbrücke, dating from the early 14th and 15th centuries respectively.
The continued existence of these two ancient wooden bridges is remarkable in itself; in fact, a 1993 fire nearly destroyed the Kapellbrücke. (Charred portions of the bridge stand in memorial of the disaster.) Tucked up under the bridges' rafters are a series of ancient paintings, many with religious themes. The Kapellbrücke's artworks are nearly 400 years old, half recounting the history of the patron saints and half the founding of Switzerland. The paintings within the Spreuerbrücke are 50 years younger and recount the 14th-century "Dance of Death!".