Ruetli, Seelisberg, Switzerland
Rütli is synonymous, for all Swiss people, with the founding history of Switzerland. The “Swiss Path”, a 34km hike around the historic Lake Uri, begins on the Rütli. Nourished by the impressive drama «William Tell» by Friedrich Schiller, it is for many people the historic place where in 1291 the oath of the Swiss Confederation was sworn Founding history of Switzerland.
The easiest way to the Rütli is by boat from Brunnen or Flüelen. There are hiking trails to and from Seelisberg, but these are very steep and strenuous. Forest path, gentle ascent for hiking or you may use the Treib-Seelisberg railway. You reach the grassy clearing known as the Rütli by boat. From the boat station you get to the Rütli meadow in 10 minutes. Directly from the Restaurant Rütli you set out on the Swiss Path and take the fairly steep path which takes you to the 350 m higher situated Seelisberg. At the funicular station of the Treib-Seelisberg you can continue your walk to the village of Seelisberg.
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