5th stage: Münchenstein - Einsiedeln
Münchenstein - Unifying Diversity
Due to its historically developed settlement structure, Münchenstein has many different faces – each with its own exciting characteristic. The municipality, which today has over 12,000 inhabitants, can look back on over 900 years of history. Urban living space and a modern economic area are combined with a village character and natural recreation areas to create a diverse and attractive location. Despite being situated in an urban environment and in the Birsstadt planning region, the appearance of this municipality is still characterised by numerous detached and semi-detached homes and small apartment buildings.
Münchenstein is in a phase of steady but sustainable growth. As part of the development process, the municipal council attaches great importance to a dense construction method and compatibility with the natural recreational area. Special attention is paid to the Birspark landscape, alongside which the river of the same name flows. In addition, the Brüglingen plain is one of the largest urban green spaces in Switzerland within the Münchenstein area. The extremely popular green park, the historic Villa Merian and numerous sports facilities, including the junior campus of FC Basel, are located here.
Münchenstein offers a wide range of educational opportunities, from kindergarten age up to the University of Applied Sciences. The first location of the University of Basel in the canton of Basel-Landschaft is planned in the highly exciting commercial, residential, cultural and educational region of Dreispitz - which Münchenstein shares with the city of Basel.
Einsiedeln – the monastery village for outdoor enthusiasts
Einsiedeln, in the canton of Schwyz, can look back on over 1,000 years of hospitality. Its baroque Benedictine monastery from the 18th century attracts pilgrims from around the world. But Einsiedeln is more than just a monastery village: in both summer and winter, it’s an ideal starting point for outdoor enthusiasts.
Nestled in the excursion and holiday region of Einsiedeln-Ybrig-Lake Zurich, the village is the perfect starting point for wonderful cycling day trips. Well-known amateur cycling routes such as the Sattelegg, Pragel, Ibergeregg, Etzel and Raten passes can be easily integrated into day tours, offering stunning views. Those who prefer to take things a little easier can choose a more relaxed route, mostly away from motorised traffic, around Lake Sihl or near the Linth river between Lake Zurich and Lake Walen. Both mountain bikers and walkers are sure to find something to suit them in the mountains around Ybrig, in the Mythen region, in and around Einsiedeln, or in the Wägital valley.
Winter sports fans will find plenty to enjoy on the pistes in the skiing paradise of Hoch-Ybrig and in the Alpine valley of Brunni at the foot of the majestic Mythen mountains. Winter hikers and snowshoe trekkers can also enjoy plenty of routes through the beautiful landscape. The cross-country ski trails in Studen and Einsiedeln and at Bolzberg-Trachslau are some of the most popular and beautiful trails in Switzerland. The ski jumping venue in Einsiedeln is a key training base for Switzerland’s talented young ski jumpers, as well as for double Olympic champion Simon Ammann. The largest jump is named after the champion ski jumper Andreas Küttel, who was born in Einsiedeln, and houses a restaurant – the Top of Einsiedeln.
The first Marian pilgrimage to Einsiedeln took place in the 14th century. Today, the Benedictine monastery is one of Switzerland’s most important pilgrimage sites. While pilgrims come above all to see the Black Madonna, other visitors can also marvel at the baroque opulence of the church and the manuscripts and early prints in the monastery library.
In addition to the village of Einsiedeln itself, Bennau, Willerzell, Egg, Euthal, Gross and Trachslau also belong to the Einsiedeln district. The monastery village can be reached from Zurich in just 40 minutes by car and around 45 minutes by train. Lucerne, Zug and Schwyz are also less than an hour’s drive away. This easy access and the various natural sights and experiences on offer make Einsiedeln and the whole region something truly special.