Hauptstrasse 82, Einsiedeln, Switzerland, 8840, CH
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Local shops in front of the abbey
Einsiedeln in the snow and in March
Travel Tips for Einsiedeln
When hiking around Einsiedeln beware that in summer there is not much shade, so bring a sun hat und sunglasses and sunscreen.
In the cold season when the snow melts it can get quite muddy in places, so if you plan some sort of walk you'd better not wear your Sunday heels. We walked on one path to a viewpoint recently where under the melting snow cow paddies were hidden which made a real disgusting slush.
Merlischachen - on your way to Einsiedeln
Merlischachen is a small village that I passed through, while going from Luzern / Lucerne to Maria Einsiedeln. The main attraction of that small village at the bank of Lake Lucerne / Vierwaldstaetter See is in personal opinion a series of lovely wooden buildings like the one on my main picture . This is "Swiss Chalet" , a restaurant that offers also a few hotel-rooms and it is part of the 4 buildings that offers hotelrooms under the name "Schloss Hotel Merlischachen" :
1)Chateau Golden Gate with appartments and a perfect view of the lake
2)Shlosshotel - directely at the lake with a big park & beach
3)Zollhaus - with a few appartments
4)Swiss Chalet - dating back to the 17th century
Einsiedeln is located in the canton of Schwyz in Switzerland. The name Einsiedeln means Hermitage, since the place is famous for its monastery, the Benedictine Einsiedeln Abbey and its Benedictine hermits. Einsiedeln is the birthplace of several people as well as of Paracelsus, a medieval doctor and alchemist. He may have been a hermit, too.
Einsiedeln consists of six localities, which are Bennau (Ben's Meadow), Egg (Ei), Willerzell (Last Will's Cell), Euthal (Udder Valley), Gross (Disgusting) and Trachslau (Lukewarm Badger). It is located at an altitude of 880 m, has a population of 14.173 hermits and sometimes pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela have been seen to stop there.
Since I'm neither a hermit nor a pilgrim, I don't remember exactly why I visited there. In fact, I don't remember much of my visit to Einsiedeln, except that it was freezing cold on that day in March we were there and that the pizza in the restaurant (whose names - pizza and restaurant - I have long since forgotten) we went to was outrageously expensive. Other than that it's a lovely town in a picturesque location and probably a wonderful place to travel to in the summer.
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