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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 betweenWhitsun and middle of september (eidg. Bettag)eidg.Bettag is a variable swiss...more
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...more
Restaurant Engel in Kuessnacht am Rigi is a traditional hotel and it 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 !
Favorite Dish: Restaurant Engel is a really beautiful old wooden building with cosy hotel-rooms and a great restaurant, with quite high prices. In general eating in a restaurant is quite expensive in Switzerland, one of the cheapest dishes I found on the menu was a porc-Cordon-bleu with french fries and vegetables for 28 sfr / 18 Euros !!
A very fine 6-course-menu is available for 94 sfr / 62 Euros
a simple pumpkin-soup with curry wass 10 sfr / 6,50 Euros
You may take the train from Lucerne to Kuessnacht, it is just a short distance and plenty of trains will go there all day .Hohle gasse is a bit outside of the village, BUT plenty of signposts will lead you there. The distance to the lake is maybe 800 meters and the local bus goes there as well and stops at the stop : Hohle GasseIn the building...more
Of course you may go to Kuessnacht by ship from Luzern / Lucerne. These ships go on a regular schedule and while they skip various stations along the way, they ALWAYS stop in Kuessnacht.Take a day-ticket, that is the easiest and allows you to make stop-overs at all of the ports of call, or take the Tell-pass, that is the best means of...more
A CAR is a AUTOBUS / BUS / COACH in Switzerland. Bus is the word for the local public buses as well in Switzerland, BUT when it comes to Buses that are chartered by tourists to go sightseeing, they are called CAR !!
I simply may imagine that english tourists would get the feeling, they could place their cars there, BUT in fact they would come into real trouble !!