Wilhelm Tell Monument

Wilhelm Tell Monument, Altdorf: Hours, Address, Wilhelm Tell Monument Reviews: 4/5

Wilhelm Tell Monument
4
Monuments & Statues
Read more
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Write a review

Top ways to experience nearby attractions

Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.0
115 reviews
Excellent
37
Very good
50
Average
25
Poor
2
Terrible
2

Jean-Pierre C
Basel, Switzerland287 contributions
This monument belongs to the Swiss History. It is quite impressive (for us Swiss people) to be there. If you are curious, it is only 10' drive from the "Altdorf Exit" on the North-South Motorway going through the Gotthard Tunnel. If I had realized how easy it is to go to Altdorf, I would have done it a long time ago while travelling to the South..
Written August 1, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Clodruss
Singapore, Singapore551 contributions
Was the William Tell a real person or just a legend?
Around the world his story is told, and it all unfolds in Altdorf.
Across the square from the statue is a fountain, this fountain marks the spot where the tree stood that Walter (Tell's son) was tied to. Another fountain (about a 150 mtr away heading north on Tellsgasse on the entrance to Kirchplatz) marks the spot where Tell stood to shoot his crossbow.
There have been 4 statues from Tell over the years the present one is made of bronze and has been there since 1895.
You can book a tour of the tower behind the statue, giving a nice view of the area.

For more background info on William Tell, and to learn what else one can do in the area all to do with William Tell, visit the tourist uri website.
uri.info/en/livinghistory/tell-a-myth

A part of the story from William Tell, for those who do not know it.

"He took another arrow from his quiver and
slipped it into his girdle. Then he quickly raised the heavy
crossbow to his shoulder as muscles rippled on his brown
arms. He sighted the apple on his son's head. He pulled
back the bowstring. Many of the townsfolk were now on
their knees, praying. Gessler eyed every move that Tell
made. Then, with a grim smile and almost without
warning, the great bowman quickly and surely squeezed
the trigger of his faithful bow. The arrow sped like a
ray of light. Walter suddenly felt the apple on his head
tremble, split, and then fall to the ground. The nose of
the arrow buried itself in the old gnarled trunk of the
ancient linden tree.
A great sigh of relief, like a sudden wind, passed over
the heads of the people. Then all at once cheers burst
forth as the people saw that Walter was safe and
unharmed. "Hurrah for the mighty Tell! Tell is our hero!"
the people shouted, surging toward the bowman as he
stood there, proud and erect."
Written April 21, 2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

ELear
Ancona, Italy3,163 contributions
Solo
The statue itself didn't strike me as being of any particular merit, but that isn't the point. People don't go for the statue itself but for what it commemorates - the apple incident, which happened on this very spot.

Maybe it's best visited on a tour of various nearby places linked with William Tell: sleep at Altdorf, say, then Bürglen, a few miles outside Altdorf, where he was born and there's a Tell Museum (you can get a bus), then another bus the couple of kilometres to Fluelen, where you can get a lake steamer that'll drop you off for an hour at the Tellsplatte and Tellskapelle, then on past the Rütli meadow (not Tell, but in the same spirit) and the Schiller Rock to Brunnen, where you can get a bus or a train back to Altdorf.
Written October 28, 2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Katesgrove
Reading, UK303 contributions
Couples
A marvellous larger the life statue of William Tell and his son and crossbow in the centre of Altdorf. Well worth a diversion to see this.
Written September 11, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Chevalier
Portsmouth, UK23 contributions
My Friend & I were motorcycling through to the Med & then to Monaco (I wanted to ride my 1000c Yamaha round Monaco's GP course, I had book a hotel for the night at Altdorf the name didn't ring a bell, we had to turn right at this monument in the middle of town, to get to the hotel, get of the Bikes, get out off very sweaty gear (those tunnels are hot) shower & then go walk about, that when we discovered we were in William Tell's hometown, it is amazing that when touring you come across these places that you know about but do not realise where they are. We of course were whistling the overture for some days after. It is a great place to visit, have a look in the grave yard, food is excellent from the cafe's etc Tip;- if you are motorcycling, when entering one of the very long tunnels do not leave your visor in the open position, we did for all of 50 feet.
Written August 30, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

zurichgrad
Zurich, Switzerland333 contributions
Family
Of course there are more impressive sights than this, but given the central importance of the Wilhelm Tell saga for Swiss culture and mythology, you should spend some 30min here when in the region. Also note that the Swiss do not like monuments very much and have not been very good at putting convincing ones up.But then again, this might be part of what makes Switzerland so attractive: a virtual absence of any kind of personal cult. Making this monument quite special. By the way, it was erected in 1885.

There is a nice tower behind the actual monument which can be climbed and has interesting exhibits and information about the monument and the Wilhelm Tell story more broadly. The one downside is that the square in front not being fully pedestrianised (careful with letting your kids run around)
Written August 25, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Veni_bibi_edi
Cirencester, UK334 contributions
Couples
This picturesque monument is open to the public free of charge. Inside one can ascend the stairs to get views over the town, see the workings of the clock and read the informative panels on most of the floor levels.
Written July 30, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Rozee328
Christchurch, New Zealand44 contributions
Friends
If you happen to be in the vicinity of Altdorf, it is well worth the detour to visit the Wilhelm Tell Monument. Look at it from all sides, take a few photos, and then have a look round town. Not much else to see, but they do have some lovely shop signs worth photographing, and some nice little souvenir shops.
Written May 8, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

saronic
Zurich, Switzerland23,620 contributions
The beginnings of the Swiss Confedration around 1300 are to be found in the mountaineous central part of the country with various places, connected to often legendary events, which are part of the story. It can make for an interesting round trip, worthwhile also just from the point of view of nature: the meadow of Rütli, the Hohle Gasse, the Tellsplatte and also the monument to Wilhelm Tell in the Rathausplatz of Altdorf.

The story of that mouintain farmer from Bürglen had been popular in Switzerland, but became internationally famous through Friedrich Schiller's drama 'Wilhelm Tell' from 1804. It was said that the apple-shot, where Tell had to shoot with his crossbow an apple from the head of his son Walter, had taken place here. Tell was successful and later killed the Hapsburg bailiff, who had given this order.

The monument seen today stands in front of a tower, called 'Türmli', whose beginnings go back to the time, when the apple-shot should have taken place. The 4 meters tall bronze sculpture standing on a high plinth, was erected in 1895 and is a work by Richard Kissling, whose figures in an usually heroic pose and bigger than life-size, are not to be overlooked sights in cities like St.Gallen with the statue to reformer Joachim Vadian or in Zurich, in front of the railway station, to politician and business leader Alfred Escher. The only time though I had written a Tripadvisor review of a work by sculptor Richard Kissling was a few years back about the monument to the Philippines national hero José Rizal in Manila.
Written August 15, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

feherp88
Budapest, Hungary455 contributions
Friends
Wilhelm Tell and his legend belongs to Swiss history. This statue and the lovely place around stands a great memory for this famous story. Definitely worth to visit Altdorf, especially around August 1 as Swiss National Day.
Written October 24, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Showing results 1-10 of 38
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Wilhelm Tell Monument

Wilhelm Tell Monument is open:
  • Sun - Sat 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM