The Rütli meadow
The Rütli meadow was landscaped in the 19th century. The name Rütli derives from the word “Grütli” – a forest clearing – indicating that this was once an area used for agricultural purposes. Since the 15th century the site has been held to be the meeting place of the Old Confederates during their struggle for independence. 1804 saw the publication of Schiller’s drama Wilhelm Tell. In his play, Schiller merged the story of the Rütli Oath with the legend of William Tell, and set the action on the Rütli. This led to an upsurge in international interest in the location of the drama and the Rütli meadow was consequently given a softer new look in the 19th century. Thousands of trees and shrubs were planted on its periphery, with renowned landscape architects participating in the redevelopment.

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