Tourist Office Einsiedeln
Hauptstrasse 85, 8840 Einsiedeln, SUISSE
E-Mail: info (at) eyz.swiss
Phone:+41 (0)55 418 44 88
Fax:+41 (0)55 418 44 80
Culture, Tradition, Sport, Nature
Einsiedeln is located in the heart of Central Switzerland close to Zurich. The Benedictine Abbey of Einsiedeln is the most important baroque building in Switzerland. Since the Middle Ages the Chapel of Our Lady with the famous «Black Madonna» is one of the most important pilgrimage places in Europe.
A monk called "Meinrad" went to this region to live as hermit. After his violent death in 861, a Chapel was built at the site of his hermitage. This is the origin of the city’s name, which means hermitage.
The history of the Benedictine Abbey dates back to 934, when a monastic community was founded at the place of St. Meinrad’s hermitage. The pilgrimage to Our Lady of Einsiedeln and her miraculously dedicated Chapel developed in the subsequent centuries and attracted pilgrims from all over Europe.
In 1466, the present statue of the Madonna was brought to Einsiedeln and the place became the most important marian shrine in Switzerland and a place of worship, hospitality and culture.
In 1704, the cut of the spade for the current baroque buildings of the abbey was taken. The magnificent baroque abbey church was consecrated in 1735.
Even today, the abbey is the home of a vital monastic community following the Rule of Saint Benedict. The monks teach at the Abbey School with about 350 students, serve in several parishes, and are available for the spiritual needs of the pilgrims.
Einsiedeln offers many attractions, such as the show cheese factory «Milchmanufaktur», the two ski jumping platforms, the gingerbread and mineral museums, or the Diorama and Panorama. In summer, the region is a paradise for hiking, biking or simply relaxing. Lake Sihl is popular for swimming, wind surfing, sailing, fishing or a cruise aboard "MS Angelika". People who love to be active will enjoy winter. Einsiedeln is a cross country skiing paradise and offers all kind of winter sports such as skiing, sledding and snowshoeing and walking. Traditions, culture, and sport are very important and always play a central role in numerous events.
Hospitality has a long tradition in Einsiedeln. The village with its many diverse shops, cafés and restaurants is ideal for leisurely strolls combined with good food and friendly encounters.