"Altdorf - In the footsteps of William Tell" Altdorf by HORSCHECK
Altdorf Travel Guide: 37 reviews and 102 photos
On a sunny day in March 2011 we took a day trip from Zurich to Altdorf. Altdorf is the capital of the canton Uri, which is one of the smallest districts of Switzerland. In 1292 Uri was one of the founding members of the Swiss Confederation.
Altdorf has only about 8.700 inhabitants and its Town Hall Square is said to be the location where the popular apple-shot of Friedrich Schiller's William Tell has taken place. Hence the famous Tell Monument can be found here, just in front of an old residential tower.
Besides this monument, Altdorf is also home to Switzerland's oldest Capuchin Convent, a few worth-seeing churches and buildings, with the Suworow House being the oldest burgher house of the canton Uri.
"Who comes here from the distant lands of men, for every road leads to the end of the world."
--- Friedrich Schiller in William Tell ---
- Pros:Gorgeous scenery and panoramic views on a sunny day.
- Cons:Not much information available in English.
- In a nutshell:Altdorf - In the footsteps of William Tell.
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