The Swiss Path: The Swiss William Tell Path

Rütli - Bauen

Pure hiking pleasure - the trail that is dedicated to Switzerland is just as diverse as the country itself.

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Starting point:Rütli
Getting to the starting point:Boat from Brunnen / Lucerne or Flüelen to Rütli
Getting to the destination:Boat from Bauen
Physical fitness:medium
Hiking time:3h15
Season:april till november


Although few people realise it, anybody enjoying the views from the Schiller-Balkon on Marienhöhe at Seelisberg is being served the same panorama as the members of parliament are in Bern, with one difference: Here you are seeing the original. In 1901 the Geneva painter Charles Giron immortalised all the locations of the Tell story from exactly this perspective in the mural he painted for the National Assembly Hall in Bern.

The path starts on the Rütli meadow, the birthplace of Switzerland, with the section that covers the founding cantons of Uri, Schwyz, Unterwalden and Lucerne. As with half a dozen other stages of this 35 kilometre long "Swiss Path", the meadow is reached comfortably by boat - and most stylishly at that, in one of five steamboats.

Climbing the 850 steps to Seelisberg is definitely quite an effort - not to mention the way down. Palm trees, figs and all sorts of exotic flowers grow in Bauen, which has an almost Mediterranean climate due to its sheltered position. The Bauen locals are proud of the fact that the composer of their national anthem, "Trittst im Morgenrot daher", was born here. The birthplace of Father Alberik Zwyssig does not however owe its fame to this reason alone - today it houses the renowned gourmet restaurant Zwyssighaus.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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