Groups & schools

Excursion to the Schynige Platte and a visit to the Wilhelm Tell Open-Air Theatre 

Friedrich Schiller’s play Wilhelm Tell has been performed in Interlaken every year since 1912.

Explore the Schynige Platte mountain ridge and the Alpine garden with your school class, take a look behind the scenes at the Wilhelm Tell Open-Air Theatre, and round off your excursion with a visit to the spectacular open-air performance based on the heroic deeds of Tell.


Sat 22.06.2019  20.00 hours Première
Tues 25.06.2019 20.00 hours  
Thurs 27.06.2019 20.00 hours  
Thurs 04.07.2019 20.00 hours  
06.07.2019 20.00 hours  
Thurs 11.07.2019 20.00 hours
Thurs 18.07.2019 20.00 hours
Sat 20.07.2019 20.00 hours
Thurs 25.07.2019 20.00 hours
Sat 27.07.2019 20.00 hours
Sat 03.08.2019 20.00 hours
Thurs 04.08.2019 14.30 hours Afternoon performance
Thurs 08.08.2019 20.00 hours  
Sat 10.08.2019 20.00 hours
15.08.2019 20.00 hours
Sat 17.08.2019 20.00 hours
Sun 18.08.2019 14.30 hours Afternoon performance
Thurs 22.08.2019 20.00 hours
Sat 24.08.2019 20.00 hours
Thurs 29.08.2019 20.00 hours
Sat 31.08.2019 20.00 hours Final performance

Subject to change without prior notice


School classes* (prices pro person)

  • CHF 20.00 Theatre entry**
  • CHF 39.00 Excursion and theatre entry**

Groups and clubs* (prices pro person)

  • CHF 69.00 Excursion and theatre entry**

* Offer applies from 10 school children / 10 people

** Every 10th person receives the offer for free


The excursion offer «Theatre entry» includes:

  • Guided behind-the-scenes tour of the Wilhelm Tell Open-Air Theatre
  • Theatre performance

The excursion offer «Excursion and theatre entry» includes:

  • Travel ticket Wilderswil–Schynige Platte and back
  • Entry to the Schynige Platte Alpine Garden
  • Guided behind-the-scenes tour of the Wilhelm Tell Open-Air Theatre
  • Theatre performance

Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration


Tell – a piece of Switzerland

Ueli Bichsel presents the joys of the simple folk and their suffering under the might of the tyrants. Visitors experience up close what it means to be oppressed and humiliated. But the “shepherd’s race”, as they are scathingly called by Bailiff Gessler, refuses to put up with it. Gertrude Stauffacher puts into words what many have been secretly feeling for a long time: “We must cast off this yoke of tyranny! We must free ourselves!” This fascinating play thus shows how a people rise up, how tragic individual fates and reprisals cannot stop the oppressed on their path to freedom. The power-hungry bailiffs must be conquered and driven away. Tell contributes greatly to this with his personal revenge on Gessler for an unprecedented humiliation, shooting his arrow into the centre of Gessler’s heart. With his deed (“That shot was Tell’s”) he sets the uprising in motion. He becomes a hero and symbol of free Switzerland.

130 amateur actors of all ages and dressed in authentic historic costumes take part in the open-air performance of Wilhelm Tell. The realistic backdrop with goats, cows and horses even offers enough space for action-packed riding scenes. In this theatre, the splendidly presented scenes of the Rütli Oath and the shooting of the apple are condensed into an exciting historic thriller. No theatre stage presents Swiss history with such proximity and authenticity as the Wilhelm Tell Open-Air Theatre in Interlaken. 

Special notes

  • Schools and groups (10 or more people) must book directly via the organisation Tellspiele Interlaken.
  • The walk from the “Matten b. I., Hotel Sonne” bus stop to the theatre venue is approx. 150 metres.
  • The performances will take place whatever the weather. The roofed grandstand protects the audience against sun and rain and offers a great view of the natural stage.
  • The play lasts two hours without an interval.
  • Suitable for children from the age of 10 (no entry to children under the age of 6 ).
  • Visitors can borrow woollen blankets in the foyer.
  • Food is available from the restaurants and take-away stations directly within the theatre.


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