Einsiedeln is the most important place of pilgrimage dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Switzerland. The high valley of Einsiedeln located in the heart of Central Switzerland is characterised by moors and Lake Sihl, the biggest reservoir in Switzerland in terms of area. The winter sports region of Hoch Ybrig is just a few kilometres away.
Imposing centre of Einsiedeln and destination for countless pilgrims is the baroque monastery dating from the 18th century. The Benedictine monastery 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.
Alongside fascinating guided tours of the Abbey and village, a visit to the newly-opened dairy plant or the gingerbread museum, Einsiedeln's attractions are likely to include sampling local gourmet delights – for example at a 'Genuine SCHWYZ' fine dining restaurant.
The area of Einsiedeln in the heart of early Switzerland offers a host of excursion possibilities, such as visits to the Zoo in Golday or the Children's Zoo in Rapperswil, trips by mountain railway up the Rigi, a cruise on Lakes Lucerne, Zug or Zurich, or entering the Mouta Valley «Hölloch», one of the biggest cave systems in the world.
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The impressive baroque construction of the monastery and chapel, the collegiate library, the cheese paradise Milchmanufaktur, the gingerbread museum Goldapfel, the Einsiedeln ski jumps, many cross-country skiing loops, ski runs and water sport activities, are just a few of the many highlights Einsiedeln and its surrounding region have to offer.