SWITZERLAND | Einsiedeln and its Abbey


Einsiedeln in the canton of Schwyz is the most important place of pilgrimage dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Switzerland.

The impressive baroque construction of the Benedictine monastery Kloster Einsiedeln and chapel dominate the town.


Einsiedeln Abbey has a history of just over one thousand years. Since the Middle Ages Einsiedeln with its Black Madonna has been one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Europe.

The Jakobsweg (St. James’ Path) also runs through the Einsiedeln area. The many pilgrims’ hostels of the past nowadays have become hotels for holidaymakers and pilgrims.

Einsiedeln is easily reachable by train. My sister and I combined it with Rapperswil-Jona. Unfortunately, when we were there, the Great Hall was closed. So we’ll have to go back…


With input of My Switzerland and Wikipedia.

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