Tell-Museum Bürglen UR

William Tell’s chamber of treasures and wonders

No other Swiss historical figure has had a more lasting effect on the people of Switzerland than Wilhelm Tell.

Bailiff Gessler ruled the country in 1300 and demanded high taxes from the peasants and tradesmen. Gessler had a hut built in Altdorf, before which each person was supposed to bow down as a sign of submission. William Tell refused to do so and, as punishment, was forced to shoot an apple off the head of his son, Walter, using a crossbow. He managed to do so, but was arrested for threatening Gessler with death. On the road to Gessler’s castle in Küssnacht, William Tell was able to escape during a storm. He lay in wait for the bailiff in the “Hohle Gasse” alleyway and shot and killed Gessler from behind. This was the turning point for early Switzerland to free itself from Habsburg rule and Tell became a national hero as a result.

Visit the extensive and amazing museum collection, spanning six centuries, about the life of freedom fighter Tell. The Tell Museum is located in Wattigwilerturm, a 13 thcentury tower, featuring documents, illustrations, art and historical items related to Wilhelm Tell. Close to the museum, at the site where his house once stood, is Tell’s Chapel, built in 1582. Come visit us and follow in Wilhelm Tell’s footsteps. We look forward to seeing you!


  • Tell Museum in Wattigwilerturm
  • Charming village of Bürglen (Canton of Uri)
  • Tell’s chapel
  • Tellsplatte (“Tell’s slab”) by Lake Lucerne
  • Schächental mountain trail
  • Klausen Pass route

Travel information

Arrival Take the train or ferry from Lucerne to “Bürglen UR (Canton of Uri), Post” stop, changing in Flüelen to Postbus route 408. A second option would be to take the Tellbus from Lucerne to “Altdorf, Telldenkmal” stop, changing there to Postbus route 408 or Auto AG Uri route 3 to “Bürglen UR, Post” stop.
Return The return journey is made from the “Bürglen UR, Post” stop on Postbus route 408 to “Flüelen, Bahnhof” (station) stop, and then changing to a train or ferry back to Lucerne.

Contact details

Bürglen Tell Museum 
6463 Bürglen UR

Tel: +41 41 870 41 55


Group registration required

Additional information

Buy ticket

Buy your ticket from the SBB Shop or SBB Mobile app. You can also buy a ticket from the driver, at all ticket terminals, PostBus sales offices and at the counter of your nearest railway station.

Additional ticketing apps and online shops can be found in our overview.

Timetable / travel information

You will find the entire Swiss public transport timetable online here.

Timetable no. 60.408 Flüelen–Unterschächen–Urigen

Route open all year


For groups of 10 people or more, a reservation is required on the previous day until 16.00 h at the latest. Tel. +41 58 448 06 22

Reservations for individual travelers (1-9 persons) are not accepted. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.

Bicycle transport

No bicycle transport fixtures available in/on the vehicle

Wheelchair accessibility

Limited wheelchair accessibility guaranteed in the Postbus

Registration by phone on +41 58 448 06 22