Touchscreens and holograms instead of halberds. You won’t find any halberds at the new Morgarten Information Centre by the Letziturm tower in the hamlet of Schornen between Oberägeri ZG and Sattel SZ. History is taught here with the use of ultra-modern devices. A hologram shows the only two known and genuine Morgarten artefacts: the Morgarten standard and the Morgarten letter. The original objects are located at the nearby Museum of the Swiss Charters of Confederation in Schwyz.
The multimedia show at the Information Centre reveals the secret. Visitors can find the answers for themselves inside the building.
A large-scale, historical depiction of the battle on the façade greets visitors, thereby drawing on the familiar and fulfilling the usual expectations. But suddenly, everything is turned on its head and the image poses the question: ‘What really happened in Morgarten?’ Across the museum’s two floors, visitors will find some answers to this question.
On the ground floor, the rumour mill operates at full speed. From the cacophony of voices and languages – the exhibition is in four languages – stories emerge. The exhibition continues to explore what is known about the battle. It doesn’t amount to much. It’s more a case of suppositions and theories. Speculation, even. On the top floor, Morgarten then becomes more tangible. The multimedia show reveals the secret of why Morgarten continues to be so important, why it is the source of such animated debate, and why it is used and abused. And it becomes apparent that Switzerland owes Morgarten a debt of gratitude.
Walk from station to station along the Morgarten Trail and take in the history of this place. The Morgarten Trail is a themed path that allows visitors to find the original locations of this story, together with its main protagonists, with the aid of an audio guide. There are seven animated stations awaiting visitors on existing paths between the parish church of Sattel and the battle memorial in the hamlet of Morgarten by Lake Aegeri.