Altdorf is the capital of the Swiss Canton of Uri. It lies just to the south of the southernmost part of Lake Lucerne. The town is on the Gotthardbahn and is the last railway station before the entrance into the Gotthard Base Tunnel, the world's longest railway tunnel. Altdorf is best known as the place where, according to legend, William Tell shot the apple from his son's head. This act by tradition happened on the market-place, where in 1895, at the foot of an old tower, there was set up a bronze statue of Tell and his son. In 1899 a theatre was opened close to the town's center for the purpose of performing Schiller's play of Wilhelm Tell.