Day Trip: Einsiedeln

A famous abbey, the Way of St. James, and “Schafbock” cookies: Einsiedeln attracts with tradition, history, and impressive natural landscapes.
View over Einsiedeln Abbey

How Do I Get to Einsiedeln?

Visitors can travel to Einsiedeln by train from Zurich Main Station in around 50 minutes. However, Einsiedeln is also a famous place of pilgrimage. Following a section of the Way of James, hikers can reach Einsiedeln from Rapperswil on foot in about 5 hours.

Some Impressions of Einsiedeln:

Paths to Happiness

It is well worthwhile hiking to Einsiedeln along a section of the Way of St. James. From Rapperswil, the path first leads over a long boardwalk across Lake Zurich to Pfäffikon. Here, the ascent to the Etzel Pass and St. Meinrad Chapel begins. Be sure to plan for a short detour on the Etzel in order to enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. After reaching the top of the pass, the route continues over gently undulating terrain to Einsiedeln. The hike takes about 5 hours in total.

Rapperswil, Footbridge
From Rapperswil to Einsiedeln:
  • Length: 17 kilometers (11 miles)
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Level of difficulty: medium

To the Route

A Real Crowd-Puller

People who go to Einsiedeln inevitably visit the famous Einsiedeln Abbey. Besides the Abbey Tour, guided tours of the magnificent Abbey Library or the Marstall stables open up new insights into the life of the Benedictine monks who live here. Those who prefer to explore on their own can follow the Monkstrail, an adventurous scavenger hunt within the age-old abbey walls.

Einsiedeln Abbey, Black Madonna
The Fashion Icon

The Black Madonna is not only a popular shrine in the Abbey, but also a real fashion icon: depending on the liturgical calendar and the feast day, a monk dresses her in one of her more than 37 beautifully embroidered garments.

Local Delicacies

Awaiting gourmets are not only the typical “Schafbock” - a sweet, gingerbread-like pilgrim cookie - but also cheese specialties, wines, and more.

For Sports Lovers

Einsiedeln is a mecca for summer and winter sports enthusiasts. Whether skiing, cross-country skiing or ice skating, hiking, climbing, mountain biking or water sports: everything is possible in the wonderful natural landscape around Lake Sihl.

Hoch-Ybrig Region
Summer Sports
Winter Sports

At Lofty Heights

If you are looking for a real adrenaline kick, the ski jumps in Einsiedeln are the place to be. On offer are guided tours, test jumps, airboarding, or facade climbing, as well as private brunches or fondue dinners in the tower of the Andreas Küttel Ski Jump. At a lofty height of 117 meters (384ft).

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