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    Forum der Schweizer Geschichte

    by globetrott Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Forum der Schweizer Geschichte is the museum of the history of Switzerland, right in the centre of Schwyz. You may see there, how the people of Switzerland had lived between 1300 and 1800. It is an inter-actice museum, offering workshops, audio-visual informations and computer-programs in order to learn about history of the area and all of Switzerland.
    The building itself used to be a store-house for wheat and weapons in the middle-ages and was turned into a modern museum last century.

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    Diorama Bethlehem

    by barbskie Updated May 13, 2010

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    About 5 minutes from the Abbey Square, don't miss to visit this large Christmas Crib of Einsiedeln. Just follow the white-brown tourists signs. We didn't find it immediately but in order not to lost time, we asked people along the way.
    Opening hours:
    During Advent till Jan 6- 13.00-16.00
    Good Friday till end of Oct- 10.00-17.00
    Entrance fee:
    Adults: 4.50 CHF
    Children: 2.00 CHF
    Museum Pass holder: Free
    Joining a group, you must only pay 4.00 CHF

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    The Lady Fountain

    by barbskie Written Dec 3, 2007

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    This is the fountain amidst the Abbey Square. A very imposing and famous structure in the square . The first time i was here, a friend told me to drink the flowing water as it is believed as a" healing source". It was mid-summer and i did drink. It really quenced my thirst.

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    Christmas Markets

    by barbskie Written Dec 3, 2007

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    It is wonderful to experience such tradational fair. Here in Eisiedeln you will also enjoy a christmas ambiance. Since we came with the public transport, we came automatically along the main street to the Abbey Square. Different lightings and decors are fascinating. There are broad varieties of handicrafts which perhaps you will not find in other places. So if you find something you like very much, buy it. Otherwise you will regret.

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    Baroque church

    by barbskie Written Dec 2, 2007

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    This Abbey church was built in the 17th century (1704-1735) by Caspar Moosbrugger, a brother architect and stone mason. It has an imposing sight outside and the interior has its baroque splendor that gives a great attraction.
    Hundreds of tourist and pilgrims flock here every year paying a visit to the Lady of the Hermits.

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    Haus Bethlehem

    by globetrott Updated Aug 7, 2006

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    Next to Ital-Reding-Hof , and also still inside the fence of it you may see "Haus Bethlehem" dating back to the year 1287 - it is in fact the oldest wooden building in Switzerland !
    You may also go there inside and see what the furniture looked like in the early centuries - see some pics of the interesting interior under my off the beaten path-tips !
    The museums of Ital-Reding-Hofstatt & Bethlehem-Haus
    are open for visitors:
    April-November :Tuesday-Friday 02.00p-m- - 05.00p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday 10.00a.m.-12.00 + 02.00p-m- - 05.00p.m
    The fence for the garden is open also the rest of the day during daylight !

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    Kapuzinerkloster / Capucine monastery Schwyz

    by globetrott Written Aug 7, 2006

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    Kapuzinerkloster / Capucine monastery Schwyz dates back to the year 1585 and the part that is still of interest for the tourists is the church, because the former monastery is a hospital and home for senior-citizens today.
    The church has an interesting interior with a painting by Josef Ignaz Weiss , showing the last supper. The painting of the main altar was made by Panfilo Nuvolone from Cremona.
    You may enter the Capucine church freely and without restrictions during the day !

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    Alter Archivturm

    by globetrott Updated Aug 7, 2006

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    Alter Archivturm is the old tower in my picture and it is the oldest building of Schwyz, dating back to 1200. For centuries it held one of the most precious documents of Switzerland :
    Schweizer Bundesbrief
    In August 1st 1291 3 cantons of today's Switzerland (Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden) made a treaty about a union against the Habsburgs. At first it was not their aim to get totally indepenant from the german Empire, but simply to re-gain certain rights of autonomy. That agreement was found accidentally in the 18th century and nowadays it is one of the most precious exhibits in the Bundesbrief-Museum in Schwyz.
    August 1st is still today the highest Swiss holiday with patriotic speaches all over the country, AND besides this it is also the very best day for the gastronomy, because even the poorest people would go out and have dinner or lunch in a restaurant, at that day it is really hard to reserve a table in any restaurant in Switzerland...

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    the townhall of Schwyz

    by globetrott Updated Aug 7, 2006

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    The townhall of Schwyz dates back to the year 1642 and all of its facades are totally covered by great paintings by Ferdinand Wagner from Munich, who painted them in 1891. The architect of the baroque building was Carlo Andrea Galetti and the small tower on top of the building was added in 1777. Take a walk around that building in order to see all of the great paintings, showing sceneries of the swiss history.

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    Kerchel & Michaelskapelle

    by globetrott Updated Aug 7, 2006

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    Kerchel & Michaelskapelle is another important sight of the village of Schwyz : Kerchel is obviously a local expression for a small church that was built next to St. Martin and it dates back to the year 1512. The upper part of that church is called Michaelskapelle and it shows some interesting paintings and fresos and below is the bone-house with a gothic Pieta - see my pictures with more details !
    You may enter both parts of that church freely and without restictions during the day.

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    Kollegiumskirche St. Martin

    by globetrott Updated Aug 7, 2006

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    Kollegiumskirche Schwyz is the biggest church in the town of Schwyz and it has a really interesting ornate interior !The foundations of the church date back to the year 730 but it was destroyed and rebuilt several times. The church that you may still see today was built in 1774, built by the brothers Jakob and Johann Anton Singer from Tirol and is considdered beeing the most beautiful church of that time in Switzerland !
    You may enter this church
    freely and without restrictions during the day.
    The catholic church-service will be
    Mon : 09.30a.m., Tue-Fri : 08.45 a.m.
    Sat: 09.30a.m. + 05.30p.m.
    Sundays: 09.00 + 10.30 a.m. + 07.30p.m.

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    Schwyz is the cradle of Switzerland

    by globetrott Updated Aug 7, 2006

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    The town of Schwyz is nowadays just a small place of 12.000 inhabitants, but THIS is the place that gave the name for all of Switzerland. Schwyz was mentioned already in the year 972 in the history-books and it used to be also an important stop-over for the merchants travelling the Gotthard-Route in ancient times.
    Schwyz built a union in 1291 with 2 other cantons: Waldstaetten Uri and Unterwalden. Schwyz is not only the name of that small town, but also of the Kanton / canton and you will pass through this lovely, small town on your way from Luzern to Einsiedeln, so don't hesitate to make a little stop-over there, 2-3 hours should be enough in order to see all the major sights !

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    Ital-Reding-Hofstatt

    by globetrott Updated Aug 7, 2006

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    Ital-Reding-Hofstatt might be the most interesting sight in the town of Schwyz : it was built in 1609 and is still furnished with all of the original furniture of that time !
    Take your time and have a look for this great building, Photography is NO problem even INside the building and you may also walk through on your own.
    My favorite exhibits were the beautifully decorated tile-stoves and the walls covered by precious ornate woods.
    See some more pics of Ital-Reding-Hofstatt under my tips "off the beaten path", in this tip you may see just the part of the building that you may see without paying the entrance-fees!
    Ital-Reding-Hofstatt is open for visitors:
    April-November :Tuesday-Friday 02.00p-m- - 05.00p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday 10.00a.m.-12.00 + 02.00p-m- - 05.00p.m

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    Take a Boat trip

    by paradisedreamer Written Jun 15, 2003

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    The best way to see Schweiz is from the water. There are Many tourist boats and well worth it. The scenery is beautiful (as you woudl expect in Switzerland).

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