Lucerne is a Reuss River (Lake Lucerne) cruise port and city in Swiss Alps (central Switzerland), with population around 80,000 (metro over 250,000) and total area 9 km2 (11 ml2).
Since the city straddles Reuss River, it features several bridges. the most famous of which is Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke) - 14th century (constructed in 1333) wooden bridge with length 204 m (669 ft). It is Europe's oldest covered bridge. Part of the bridge is Wasserturm (Water Tower) - 13th century fortification and current museum with paintings from 17th century depicting events from the history of Lucerne.
Spreuer Bridge (Mill Bridge) zigzags across Reuss. Built in 1408, it has a series of medieval-style paintings of the 17th century. The bridge has a small chapel in the middle (added in 1568).
Old Town Lucerne is north of Reuss River and features several half-timber structures with painted facades. On the hill above the town are the remnants of the old town walls, with 8 watch towers.