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Ruetli, Seelisberg

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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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  • Having lived in Switzerland for a few years now it was on my bucket list to take a boat across the lake, alight at Ruetli and see the historic meadow where the leaders of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden.....  more
    Having lived in Switzerland for a few years now it was on my bucket list to take a boat across the lake, alight at Ruetli and see the historic meadow where the leaders of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden.....  more »
  • This is a tranquil spot with lovely scenic views. An important event in Swiss history happened here. But that important event takes very little time to absorb and there is very little to commemorate.....  more
    This is a tranquil spot with lovely scenic views. An important event in Swiss history happened here. But that important event takes very little time to absorb and there is very little to commemorate.....  more »
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  • Must see for every Suisse and every visitor! Great location, peaceful and a nice starting point for a hike
  • Mythical place of creation of the Swiss nation where the first 3 Cantons swore allegiance to defend each other against all enemies(mostly Austrians) in1291. It is a modestly sized meadow on the wooded slope above the Urner Lake which in itself is in a spectacular setting amid mountain peaks sloping down precipitously to the lake. Popular, well kept excursion area with the historic meadow with the flag and nice view, a small restaurant and a picnic area with several grill places. Can be reached by boat or on foot from the village of Seelisberg perched on top of the cliff above. A popular half day trip is to take the boat from Brunnen to Treib (10min), take the cable car up to Seelisberg, and hike down to Rütli(easy 1 hour at the most), then take the boat back to Brunnen (11min)

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