Since the beginning of the 14th century, Waldstätte has been the name of the region known as Urschweiz since the 19th century , referring to the location of the settlements in the wooded mountainous landscape.
The term "Waldstatt" is first attested in 1289 in a document. Up until the first half of the 15th century it only referred to the three cantons of Uri , Schwyz and Unterwalden . After the middle of the 15th century, the term "Vier Waldstätte", which also includes Lucerne, appeared in a supplement to the Silver Book by Lucerne town clerk Egloff Etterlin from 1433 and continued to become popular until it was also used at the federal level from 1465 onwards Example in parting (resolution documents) of daily statutes or in chronicles and literature, was used.
Following this development, the Lucerne Deanery of the Diocese of Constance was renamed the “Vierwaldstätter Chapter” at the end of the 15th century, and the “Lucerne Lake” has been known as the “ Vierwaldstättersee ” since the 16th century . During the Helvetic era , the four cantons Uri, Schwyz, Unterwalden and Zug formed the canton of Waldstätten from 1798 to 1801 .