The William Tell Open-Air Theatre began in 1912. With over 190 performers, the great historical drama has been one of the top shows to attend at Interlaken. The Friedrich Schiller’s play on the life of folk hero Wilhelm Tell will take you deep into the fascinating traditions and authentic costumes of the local culture. If you happen to visit Interlaken during the summer, don’t miss the memorable performance in this open-air setting at Matten. The show starts at 8 PM every Thursday and Saturday.
Each summer the play takes you into the authentic and real atmosphere of Switzerland with realistic decoration, live goats, cows and horses. It is also possible to look behind the scenes and enjoy walking into the history of the story. Now there have been over 1250 performances and more than 2 million spectators. The William Tell is considered as the top successful theatre in Switzerland.Book a Ticket
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The William Tell Show in Interlaken
Attend the folklore show which brings you tales of 15th-century folklore and discover the Swiss culture and heritage in Interlaken. The Open-Air show takes around 2.5 hours including behind-the-scenes access to the William Tell Theatre. To attend the summer event, take the public bus to the William Tell Open-Air Theatre in Matten. You can also explore the town of Unterseen where you can visit the Unterseen Tourist Museum. It is considered as one of the highlights of Jungfrau region.
The event is taking the place in the summer since 1912 from the Mid-June till the End of August. The event has more than 170 actors as well as horses, cows, and goats also put in an appearance on stage. The theatre has around 2,300 seatings and performances take place in all weathers as it has covered roof.
According to the tale, William Tell was a legend from 15th-century skilled in the art of the crossbow. He was fighting for freedom and starting a revolution which made him one of the famous stories in the Swiss folklore.