18th, the anniversary of the split of the apple
18 November 1307, William Tell split the fruit on the head of his son
with a single bolt from his crossbow. This
act happened on
the market-place of Altdorf (CHE). You
can still see a fine bronze statue by Richard Kissling of
Zurich of Tell and his son at the market place of Altdorf.
But what was the cause again of this famous
The historical story is that the
newly appointed Austrian Vogt of Altdorf, raised a pole in the
village's central square, hung his hat on top of it, and demanded that
all the local townsfolk bow before the hat. When Tell passed by the hat
without bowing to it, he was arrested. He received the punishment of
being forced to shoot an apple off the head of his son, Walter, or else
both would be executed. Tell had been promised freedom if he
successfully shot the apple. He did.
He would shoot Voght Gessler in Küssnacht
where Gessler had his castle later on.
the complete tour of William Tell