The Pilgrimage Town of Einsiedeln

Culture, Tradition, Sport, Nature

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Tourist Office Einsiedeln

Hauptstrasse 85, 8840 Einsiedeln, Switzerland

E-Mail: info (at)

Phone:+41 (0)55 418 44 88

Fax:+41 (0)55 418 44 80

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" has been one of the most significant pilgrimage places in Europe.

A monk called "Meinrad" came 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 site 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 as well as a place of worship, hospitality and culture.

In 1704 the foundations were laid for the abbey complex and the magnificent baroque abbey church was consecrated in 1735.

Even today, the abbey is the home to a dynamic monastic community following the Rule of Saint Benedict. The monks teach at the Abbey School numbering 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, two ski jumps, 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 like to be active will enjoy winter here. Einsiedeln is a cross-country ski paradise and offers all kind of winter sports such as skiing, sledding, 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.

Big stories in a place with big stories: Welttheater 2020 will take place from June 17th to September 5th in Einsiedeln.

Some facts about Einsiedeln

What’s special about the pilgrimage of Einsiedeln?

The Shrine of Einsiedeln


The statue of the "Black Madonna" was brought to Einsiedeln in 1466 and replaced a former roman statue which was destroyed during a fire in 1465. Since the 17th century the late-gothic style Madonna is dressed with beautifully handcrafted dresses.

Pilgrimage history

"Engelweihe" is the feast of the dedication of the Chapel of Our Lady. It refers to a legendary event in the year 934, according to which Christ, in the company of many angels and saints, consecrated the chapel at the site of St. Meinrad's hermitage. "Engelweihe" is celebrated every year on the 13th and 14th of September.



Special pilgrimage days

Special feast days in Einsiedeln are January 21st (Solemnity of St. Meinrad), July 16th  with the following Sunday (Solemnity of Our Lady of Einsiedeln), August 15th  (Assumption of Mary - Patronal Feast of the Abbey Church) and the first Sunday in October (Rosary-Sunday). Information on the liturgical services at

Benedictine Abbey

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 numbering about 350 students.

Top 10 events
  1. Einsiedeln Welttheater
  2. Soleminity of St. Meinrad
  3. Holy Week and Easter with many festive masses
  4. Corpus Christi 
  5. Organ concerts in July and August
  6. Solemnity of Our Lady of Einsiedeln
  7. Assumption of Mary - Patronal Feast of the Abbey Church 
  8. "Engelweihe" Einsiedeln Abbey September 14th
  9. Rosary-Sunday
  10. Christmas Market December


Top 5 sights in Einsiedeln

What to visit

  1. Einsiedeln Monastery
  2. Abbey Chapel with the Chapel of Our Lady
  3. Stiftsbibliothek – abbey library
  4. Show cheese factory Milchmanufaktur
  5. Ski Jumps
Top 5 Excursions from Einsiedeln

Up to 2 hours driving time

  1. Hoch Ybrig (20 Min.)
  2. Lake Zurich with Rapperswil (30 Min.)
  3. Zürich (45 Min)
  4. Lucerne (50 Min.)
  5. Rigi-Station (30 Min.)
Travelling to Einsiedeln

The most important connections

Getting here by plane


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Getting here by train

Good connection between Zurich airport and Einsiedeln