from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A town of central Switzerland near the southeast tip of the Lake of Lucerne. A statue commemorates the legendary exploits of William Tell, marking the spot where he supposedly shot an apple off his son's head. Population: 8,600.


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  • If I can conquer the relentless rows of switchbacks stretching ahead of me, the payoff will be an exhilarating descent into Altdorf, the ledgendary stomping ground of Wilhelm Tell.

    Alpine Cycling Without (Much) Pain

  • Bella corresponded with Wagenseil directly, rebuffing his entreaties that she come to Altdorf, which had no Jewish community.

    Bella Perlhefter.

  • His interest in the movement may have attracted the attention of the noted Christian Hebraist Johann Christoph Wagenseil (1633 – 1705), Professor of Hebraica at the Lutheran University at Altdorf, who employed Jews and converts as translators and informants in his Hebraist enterprise.

    Bella Perlhefter.

  • At Altdorf, the capital of the Empire, the warriors of Karl Franz must make their stand lest all the land be lost to Chaos.

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  • Based in Altdorf, Switzerland, the new entity will become the holding company for Mr. Sawiris's Egyptian real-estate group, which has a market capitalization of $3.5 billion.

    Egypt's Orascom Will Relocate to Switzerland

  • Orascom, which will move its headquarters to Altdorf and list its shares on the Swiss stock exchange, will invest as much as one billion Swiss francs to build a resort in Andermatt that will include several hotels, 50 villas and a golf course.

    Swiss Poise for a Property Rush

  • Wilhelm Tell, who lived in Altdorf, is regarded the national hero of Switzerland whose picture graces the 5-franc coin.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • Bailiff Gessler, the Austrian representative would place his hat on a pole in Altdorf so that every passer-by would pay their respects by greeting the hat.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • In the main square of Altdorf, to ensure that the townspeople knew the meaning of subjection, Gessler erected a pole with his hat on the top of it, requiring all who passed to bow to it.

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • After unification in 1848, they took William Tell to their hearts, with the unveiling of the Tell Monument in Altdorf by sculptor Richard Kisslin, with a godlike portrait of the hero by renowned Swiss master Ferdinand Hodler, and with annual open-air performances of Schiller's play at Interlaken, which continue to this day.

    Archive 2007-11-01


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