Schwyz Things to Do
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Hinterdorfstrasse 14, Schwyz, 6430, Switzerland
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Hauptplatz 3, Schwyz, SZ, 6430, CH
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Seestrasse 24-26, Gersau, Schwyz, 6442, Switzerland
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I had a look around at different places and finally decided to have lunch in Konditorei - Cafe - Restaurant Haug, not far from the town-square in Schwyz and it was a good decision. In general prices in restaurants are quite high for tourists in Switzerland so I was lucky to find this place, that opened already in 1889.
Restaurant - Cafe - Konditorei Haug is open:
Monday-Saturday : 07.30a.m. till 11.00p.m.
Sundays and Holidays 07.30a.m. till 06.00p.m.
warm kitchen : 11.00a.m. till 02.00p.m.
and 06.00p.m. till 09.30p.m.
Favorite Dish: In had ROESTI (Hash brown potatoes) overbeaked with cheese, tomatoes and ham it tasted really fine and the price was OK , too.
During the week they have also 2-course-menu for 17 sfr ( 12 Euros)Related to:
- Food and Dining
- Budget Travel
When driving by your own car to Schwyz, it might make a lot of sense to buy a highway-sticker, even though it costs 40 sfr for the whole year. Driving from Zurich & Lucerne / Luzern is easy and very fast on the highway #4 and at many places in Switzerland you might need that sticker anyway.When you intend to use the AUTOBAHN / highway in...more
When you choose a hotel in Schwyz for a longer vacation and intend to explore Lake Lucerne / Vierwaldstaettersee and all the surrounding mountains, the so-called "Tell-Pass" is certainly the perfect ticket to explore the area. This ticket is available for 7 or 15 consecutive days and it includes 2 or 5 of these days of totally FREE rides and the...more
The town of Schwyz has a train-station and you may get there by the ordinary trains, that are all totally included in the prepaid train-tickets like Interrail, Eurail, Swiss-pass etc.No need to take any of the extra-expensive private mountain-trains or funiculars that are mostly not part of the SBB-train-system.Tell-ticket makes sense, when you...more
Schwyz Off The Beaten Path
Ital Reding Hofstatt has an interior, quite similar to a castle / palace and it is a great chance to see, what the life of a noble and rich family was like in the the 17th century.On my pictures you may see some of the great details you will find at this very special building !My favorite exhibits were the beautifully decorated tile-stoves and the...more
Ital Reding Hofstatt is one of the most precious buildings in Schwyz. It is situated inside a large park and dates back to the year 1609. It was built by a rich merchant named Ital Reding and it is furnished in the style of the 17th century.Some of the walls and most of the ceilings are made of precious woods, you will see great tiles-ovens,...more
The interior of Haus Bethlehem is less spectacular and less glamorous than the one of Ital-Reding-Hofstatt, but it dates back to the year 1287 and contains a lot of exhibits of furniture and equipments of ordinary people, and so I may highly recommend to go inside and visit this part of the museum as well.Mind your step and watch your head, some...more
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