It was here at Küssnacht that William Tell shot the Austrian Voght Gessler. He made him shoot the apple from his sons head.
This happened on 18 November 1307: When Gessler queried William about the purpose of a second bolt in his quiver, Tell answered that if he had killed his son, he would have turned the crossbow on Gessler himself. Gessler became enraged at that comment, and had Tell bound and brought to his ship to be taken to his castle at Küssnacht. But when a storm broke on Lake Lucerne, Tell managed to escape. On land, he went to Küssnacht, and when Gessler arrived, Tell shot him with his crossbow.