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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Cesar E (13 months ago)
If you walk for here you will listen the sounds of the all bells are nice.
rob riley (14 months ago)
came across this spot on a walk from fluelen to sisikon. was such a wonderful walk and was quite suprised to come across a chapel to william tell. ;)
Town Traveller (16 months ago)
10 min walk from the parking, easy going down, kind of hard going up.
Philippe Jacques Kradolfer (20 months ago)
At the hard of Swiss history and it's birthplace, you find this beautiful tribute to William Tell, a central figure in the establishment of Switzerland as a Confederation. This little chapel has large frescoes depicting scenes from Tell's history. The chapel is located along the "Weg der Schweiz" a beautiful hiking trail along the shore of the Urnersee. You can get to this chapel either by ship from Brunnen or hiking from Brunnen, Sisikon or Flüele.
Urbex Badger - Lost Places Schweiz (2 years ago)
It's a very historical place, and it's one of the most important places for Switzerland and its famous Legend of Wilhelm Tell.
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