------------ 'ye that occupy
Your council-seats beneath the open sky,
On Sarnen's Mount.'
Sarnen, one of the two capitals of the Canton of Underwalden;
the spot here alluded to is close to the town, and is called the
Landenberg, from the tyrant of that name, whose chateau formerly
stood there. On the 1st of January 1308, the great day which the
confederated Heroes had chosen for the deliverance of their
country, all the castles of the Governors were taken by force or
stratagem; and the Tyrants themselves conducted, with their
creatures, to the frontiers, after having witnessed the
destruction of their strongholds. From that time the Landenberg
has been the place where the Legislators of this division of the
Canton assemble. The site, which is well described by Ebel, is one
of the most beautiful in Switzerland.