Einsiedeln Travel Guide

  • Einsiedeln, Switzerland
    Einsiedeln, Switzerland
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  • Einsiedeln Abbey, Switzerland
    Einsiedeln Abbey, Switzerland
    by TrendsetterME
  • Einsiedeln, Switzerland
    Einsiedeln, Switzerland
    by TrendsetterME

Einsiedeln Things to Do

  • Goldapfel Gingerbread Museum

    The gingerbread museum is located inside a former shop that used to sell gingerbread.It is rather small, but admission free.Opening hours are daily in the afternoon.And of couse, you can still buy ginger bread there.

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  • Fram Museum - How to find a wife

    The Fram Museum explains where the term "Kitsch" is comeing from.In addition to that it tells you, why it is hard to find a wife.Admission fee: 10 CHFToiletts and Cafe available

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  • Panorama - crucifixion of Jesus Christ

    While the Diorma hosts the birth of Jesus, the Panorma displays his crucifixion.Admission fee was about 6 CHF.There are no toilets inside.Inside the building there is an oil painting, dimensions roughly 100x10 meters.It is worth a look.There is also an audio tape which explains the story.

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  • Diorama

    The Diorama is host of one of the largest cribs in the world.Admission fee was about 6 CHF.There are toilets inside.The diorama displays the birth of Jesus Christus.There are hundreds of wooden figures inside.In regular intervals an audio tape explains the scenario.Go in and find out.

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  • Monastery church

    Inside the church is very grand and colourful. The present abbey church was built as an integral part of the monastery in 1704-1750. Unfortunately, it is forbidden to film or photograph. You can buy postcards though. There is also a black madonna. It's worshipping goes back 700 years. Carefully look at all the details in the paintings etc.

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  • Abbey library

    This famous library in rococo style dates back to the founding of the monastery in the 10th century. You can only visit the library on a guided tour which starts daily at pm (except Sundays and holy days). Tickets for CHF 12.00 can be bought at the tourist office until 10 minutes beforehand. Mind you, the tour is in German only. I have been on such...

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Einsiedeln Restaurants

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    by yumyum Updated Nov 21, 2008

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    The Café Tulipan has been opened in 1987. The bakery Tulipan which is on the ground floor has a much longer tradition dating back to the 1850s. In the the large café you may enjoy some pastry, ice cream or a light meal. In summer you can sit on the terrace and view the monastery and what's going on on the big square.

    Enter through the bakery shop which sell local specialities like "Schäfli".

    Nearby there is also a Restaurant Tulipan which serves organic meals.

    Favorite Dish: What I had in November 2008 you may see on the second photo.

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Einsiedeln Transportation

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    by yumyum Updated Nov 21, 2008

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    From Zurich it's less than an hour to Einsiedeln. You have to change trains in Wädenswil. From Wädenswil it goes uphill. Einsiedeln is at the end of the line.

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Einsiedeln Shopping

  • Shop before the abbey

    You find a fair share of small shops in front of the abbey.There you get almost everything from souveniers to swiss knives. GiftsStationaryPostcardsUmbrellasSwiss KnivesLocal Craft Between 1 and 10 CHF

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  • Whatever a pilgrim buys as a souvenir

    On the main square in front of the monastery you will find kind of a semicircle with souvenir shops. The shops offer all sorts of religious nicknacks and of course postcards. You will find something there for all budgets.

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Einsiedeln Local Customs

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    by yumyum Written Mar 22, 2003

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    Here they don't want your dog running loose. And of course as anywhere in Switzerland you are expected to pick up your dog's pooh and put it into the nearest Robidog.

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Einsiedeln Warnings and Dangers

  • Slippery surface in winter

    Just be warned that the cobbeled pavement is slippery at times.Be cautious all the times, especially in winter.This tourist just slipped in front of my camera.

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  • Einsideln is not a member of ZVV

    This is just a warning to all tourists spending holidays in Zürich and planning a trip to Einsiedeln.Einsiedeln is not far away from Zurich, but it is not a part of the Zurich Public Transport Area (ZVV).That means, if you a travelling with ZVV Day Cards, they are not valid in the trains between Wadenswil and Einsiedeln.It is best to consult the...

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Einsiedeln What to Pack

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    by yumyum Updated Nov 21, 2008

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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.

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Einsiedeln Off The Beaten Path

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    by TrendsetterME Updated Jun 9, 2013

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    Einsiedeln Abbey is a Benedictine monastery in the town of Einsiedeln in the Canton of Schwyz, Switzerland. The abbey is dedicated to Our Lady of the Hermits, the title being derived from the circumstances of its foundation, from which the name Einsiedeln is also said to have originated.

    It is a territorial abbacy and not part of a diocese.

    In the sixteenth century the religious disturbances caused by the spread of the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland were a source of trouble for some time. Zwingli himself was at Einsiedeln for a while, and used the opportunity for protesting against the famous pilgrimages, but the storm passed over and the abbey was left in peace.

    Abbot Augustine I (1600–29) was the leader of the movement which resulted in the erection of the Swiss Congregation of the Order of St. Benedict in 1602, and he also did much for the establishment of unrelaxed observance in the abbey and for the promotion of a high standard of scholarship and learning amongst his monks.

    Living in separate cantons, Einsiedeln Abbey and Fahr Abbey are a double monastery, controlled by the abbot of Einsiedeln.

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Einsiedeln Favorites

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    by yumyum Written Mar 22, 2003

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    Favorite thing: On the main square there is this fountain to refresh pilgrims. In summer it can be quite crowded because whole busloads of tourists (modern pilgrims) come from as far away as Southern Germany.

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