At the foot of Gesslerburg ruins a shed was constructed.A bone grinder, a grater and a band saw were attached.The construction was driven by an overshot water wheel,the water being diverted from a pond above the grinder.The shed also served as a wine and drinks cellar and later as a storage room for water supplies.
Hohle Gasse means "narrow pass" and when you enlarge my pictures, you will see how this is ment : This "Hohle Gasse" was the only way for Gessler to ride up and down from his castle, high above Lake Lucerne. So it was easy for Wilhelm Tell to wait behind the bushes for the right moment to kill Gessler, who could not be protected by his guards in this very moment, because they had to ride in front or behind of him.
At one end of the Hohle Gasse there is the Tell-chapel and at the lower end there is a a small museum with a few exhibits and explanations.
This museum is open all the time
it is made just by a few windows inside a house without doors.
Gessler-Burg is high above the lake Lucerne and Kuessnacht. It is a pity you cannot see a lot of the ruins on my picture. The path through the fields takes about 1 hour to walk to the ruins - that would certainly be a spectacular place for a panorama-view of Kuessnacht and the mountains around Lucerne !
Next time I will hoepfully have better weather !
The Tell-museum at Hohle Gasse is open for visitors all day long and you will find it at the bottom of Hohle gasse, inside the small building that has the station of the bus just underneath and the places to powder your noses...
See some interesting exhibits there about the historc facts and the myths around Wilhelm Tell, not everything might be historic, but the main facts certainly are !!
Tell-Kapelle is on the upper end of Hohle Gasse, a lovely church and some sort of a "pilgrimage-church" for patriotic swiss people (and there are quite a lot of them!!)
The church is just rather small, but has a few nice details and a great painting at the entrance. It is open for visitors during the day and the walking-distance from the parking to the chapel is just about 5-10 miutes through Hohle Gasse. For the way to the chapel you may choose between a modern and quite easy path with fine gravel or the traditional path paved by cobbled stones.
Dampfibia is a funny sculpture that deserves a closer look : It is a combination of a steam-ship and a steam-train. Both means of transportation had been the solid base for prosperity for Switzerland's tourism and it is certainly funny to see it on a sunny day with the great alpine panorama in the background and then you could also try to take the photograph in a way, that you get the impression, the ship and the train are swimming in Lake Lucerne / Luzernersee.
Dampfibia is a work of art made by Peter Feusi from Kuessnacht in 1997
There is a small Heimat-museum in Kuessnacht, close to the church and it might be a good idea to go there on a cloudy day ! The exhibiltions are not so much connected with Wilhelm Tell, but with local customs, furniture, costumes etc.
The Heimatmuseum is open between
Whitsun and middle of september (eidg. Bettag)
eidg.Bettag is a variable swiss holiday
always closed on Mondays !!
St. Peter and Paul is the biggest church in Kuessnacht, and it is built next to the big parking at Lake Lucerne / Luzernersee. The interior is nice, but not very special, as you may see on my pictures. Next to it you will see a small chapel that was once used as a gothic bone-house.
catholic church-service is on Sunday 09.30+11.00a.m.+07.30p.m.
Tuesday,Thursday,Friday at 08.00a.m.
Wednesday&Saturday at 09.00a.m.
Saturday also at 05.30p.m.(7.00p.m. in summertime!)
Hotel Engel in Kuessnacht am Rigi is a traditional hotel and and certainly the most beautiful building of that small village. Hotel Engel was also the place, where the "Eidgenossen" had their meeting first in 1424 and afterwards several times again untill 1712 A.D.
In October 7th, 1797 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe spent the night in that hotel.
Take a look at my pictures , this hotel has a really beautiful architecture and great decorations under the roof !
at the facade you will also find plenty of inscriptions explaining the historic facts !
Hopefully you will be more lucky with the weather in Kuessnacht am Rigi, because the mountain-scenery behind the lake Lucerne is reall very special from the large park in Kuessnacht. I saw many great postcards of this panorama, so I am sure, the mountains are behind the clouds and fog on my picture...
Maybe it will be better next time !!
According to the chronicle in the White Book of Sarnen, it was in the Hohle Gasse that the Swiss national hero Wilhelm Tell is said to have shot the Austrian steward Gessler.