On my last visit to Interlaken, the Swiss Confederation was in an uproar. Hermann Gessler marked the tough and brutal Reichsvogt. In the marketplace, William Tell did not want to greet Gessler’s hat hanging on a pole.
As a punishment, the archer had to shoot an apple from the head of his son Walter with a crossbow. Fortunately, he met. The people from Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden raged – and the audience applauded.
Since 1912, the Tell games have been performed with theater-loving actors in the natural setting of a medieval village on Rugen bei Matten. The performances were only interrupted during the two world wars – and this year because of the corona pandemic.
The open-air theater stage is scheduled to reopen in 2021. But a trip to Interlaken is also worthwhile if the drama about the Swiss national hero is not on the program.
Where there are tourists from all over the world, there is much less going on. There are only a few visitors in front of the valley station of the Harder-Kulm-Bahn. In addition to tickets, hygiene masks are also sold at the checkout.