Altdorf – Telldenkmal

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Route: Altdorf (Tell Monument)

Altdorf (458 m above sea level) is the capital of the canton of Uri and lies in the Reuss plain. According to Friedrich Schiller's play, this is the place of William Tell's famous apple-shot. After refusing to bow in respect to the bailiff Albrecht Gessler's hat on a pole, he was forced by the latter to shoot an apple off his son's head – supposedly in the marketplace of Altdorf. Therefore, the Tell monument was built at one of the old towers in 1895. A bronze statue cast by Richard Kissling from Zurich shows Tell and his son.

In 1899, a theater (Tellspielhaus) was built nearby, opened with the sole purpose to stage Friedrich Schiller's play «William Tell».

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