6th stage: Einsiedeln - Flumserberg
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.
Flumserberg – the obvious choice
East Switzerland is home to the holiday region of Heidiland, with the largest skiing and hiking area lying 1200 – 2500 m above sea level, and sunny slopes and trails stretching high above the Walensee and the municipalities of Flums and Quarten. Flumserberg, only an hour's drive from Zurich and St. Gallen, is also the first winter sports region in the Alps with an urban railway, in Unterterzen. Flumserberg has 800 residents and a wide range of accommodation for approx. 7200 visitors.
Since the first ski lift was constructed in 1945, Flumserberg has become a year-round Alpine destination. Sixteen modern cable cars, 80 km of slopes and cross-country ski trails scrupulously prepared daily and an experienced ski school all provide a fantastic experience for thousands of winter sports fans every year. In summer, both young and old enjoy the climbing tower ‘Cliimber’, the thrilling toboggan ‘Floomzer’ and the many hiking and themed trails.
As well as this summer fun, Flumserberg is also a fantastic destination for biking. Local MTB pro and Flumserberg ambassador René Wildhaber helped to design 13 kilometres of flowy trails with astonishing views; guaranteed fun for experienced bikers but just as good for beginners and families.
An entertaining events programme throughout the year, including the excellent Schlager Openair concert, the highly original ‘Chästeleit’ cow racing, the convivial Oktoberfest and the lively jazz weekend ‘Flumserberg goes New Orleans’, ensures that a visit to Flumserberg is always a good decision.