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Ruetli, Seelisberg

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Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Rütli (German pronunciation: [ˈryːtli]) or Grütli (French: [ɡʁytli]; Italian: [ˈɡrutli]) is a mountain meadow on Lake Lucerne, in the Seelisberg municipality of the Swiss canton of Uri.

It is the site of the Rütlischwur in traditional Swiss historiography, the oath marking the foundation of the original Swiss Confederacy.

As such it is treated as a national monument of Switzerland. Since 1860, the Schweizerische Gemeinnützige Gesellschaft (SGG) has organized a celebration at the site

on Swiss National Day (1 August), since 1994 recognized as a public holiday.

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  • What did I expect from the founding place of Switzerland? Maybe some statues or information boards explaining how it was founded? Well, I did not find much there. It is a great place for school kids.....  more »
  • It was in the Ruetli Meadow, where leaders from three cantons: Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden met and took an oath to form a union, a nation we know today. You take a boat from Brunnen to Flueelen and....  more »
  • Stunning views of the gorgeous turquoise lake - we got dropped off via ferry at the Rütli dock, and walked up the hill and South along the ridge to Bauen. Took about 3 hours, with a nice restaurant and lots of beautiful viewpoints along the way. Wonderful way to spend a sunny weekend.
  • Cool to visit the place where it all began: the birthplace of Switzerland. And of course, it was really beautiful.

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