Luzern and Central Switzerland Sights

Monument to Arnold von Winkelried

  • Knirig., facing the Pfarrkirche St. Peter und St. Paul
  • Stans
  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Published 04/14/2015

Fodor's Review

On the town square stands this 19th-century monument to Arnold von Winkelried, a native of Stans who died while leading the Swiss Confederates to victory over the Austrians at the battle of Sempach in 1386. The Austrians, armed with long spears, formed a Roman square so that the Swiss, wielding axes and halberds, couldn't get in close enough to do any damage. Shouting, "Forward, confederates, I will open a path!" von Winkelried threw himself on the spears, clasping as many of them as he could to his breast and creating an opening for his comrades.

Sight Information

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Knirig., facing the Pfarrkirche St. Peter und St. Paul, Stans, Luzern, 6371, Switzerland

Published 04/14/2015

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