Lucerne’s early 14th century Kapellbrücke
(Chapel Bridge) is not only Europe’s oldest covered wooden bridge, it’s also the oldest surviving truss bridge on the planet, too. Extending in an unusual diagonal shape over the Reuss River, the 170-meter bridge was originally constructed as part of Lucerne’s fortifications and during the 17th century, a series of paintings by artist Hans Heinrich Wägmann depicting scenes from Swiss
and local history were added. Sadly, a fire broke out on the bridge in 1993 destroying the majority of Wägmann’s works, alongside damaging much of Kapellbrücke itself, though around 30 of the paintings were rescued and the bridge eventually fully restored.