The Tellskapelle ('Tell's chapel') on the shore of Lake Lucerne. The Catholic chapel marks the site where according to legend, William Tell during a storm leapt from the boat of his captors (the Tellensprung 'leap of Tell') and escaped, allowing him to assassinate the tyrant Gessler and initiate the rebellion that led to the foundation of the Old Swiss Confederacy. The Tellenplatte is first mentioned in 1470 in the White Book of Sarnen, as Tellen blatten.

The current chapel was built in 1879. It is decorated with four frescos by Ernst Stückelberg, realized in 1880-1882.



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Founded: 1879
Category: Religious sites in Switzerland

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Dolev Cohen (3 months ago)
Outstanding!!! That place is so wooowwww We had a lovely time. Beautiful view, and you can go down to the lake, we had a small picnic by the lake, which was really amazing. The sound of the bells make the place magical.
Alejandro Nuñez-Jimenez (4 months ago)
Nice little chapel linked to William Tell's legend at the hedge of one of the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland. Easy to reach by walking a couple of minutes from the Tellsplate ferry stop. It is also in the Swiss Path, a hike that goes around the lake. It's fenced, but you can see it because it has just three walls. The location and views are stunning, the chapel and the frescos are nice but not particularly outstanding.
Kerry Smith (6 months ago)
A nice quiet area to wander down the hill to if you want to stop over to take a break from driving. It’s a short five minute walk down to the bottom on a gravel path accompanied by stairs for the last section. The path down to the chapel is not suitable for wheelchair users as it is quite steep in some parts and has many steps. Some lovely views of the lake and surrounding mountains can be seen from the bottom. The chapel offers some beautiful old murals telling the story of William Tell. There is also a small access point to the water if you would like to go for a swim. The restaurant by the parking area on the top of the hill is not always open.
Ágnes Csatáry (9 months ago)
The views are breathtaking
Gabriel C (10 months ago)
The view here is top 3 most beautiful views I have ever seen in my life. Absolutely stunning place.
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