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Einsiedeln Abbey: The largest baroque monastery in Switzerland
From Einsiedeln train station heading toward the Katzenstrick Pass (Building upper right)
From the Pass looking back over Einsiedeln and the Glarus Alps
Chapel at the Pass with two clean dry benches
On the North side of the Pass, heading into Altmatt to cross the railway line
One the Rothenthurm Moor
On the Rothenthurm Moor
The trails pass near the railway line. This is a popular cross-country ski area
Lots of winter sunshine on the wide open moorlands Rothenthurm Moor
Einsiedeln Station - Monastery - Einsiedeln Station - Katzenstrick Pass - Altmatt - Rothenthurm
Published/updated on 24.01.2019 by GabrielleMerk | 25831 points | Date of Tour: 16.01.2019
The massive Einsiedeln Abbey marks one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Switzerland; the monastery, founded by a monk named Meinrad in 934, is an important stop on the St.James Trail through Switzerland and worth the 30-minute detour before starting on the actual hike. In particular, the Black Madonna (made of black marble) is the main attraction here besides the stunning baroque façade and interior, the largest baroque monastery in Switzerland.
Back at the train station, the winter trail heads up to the Chatzenstrick Pass, an easy 200 meter ascent on the main road, possibly dry and clean even in winter. At the pass, you get a stunning view over the city of Einsiedeln and the Glarus Alps as a backdrop.
On the other side, the trail continues down toward the Rothenthurm Moor; here the road will probably be covered in snow because this North side gets less sun. The Rothenthurm Moor is Switzerland's largest upland moor and under national protection since the Rothenthurm Initiative of 1987. There are unique ecosystems and organisms here that are in danger of extinction due to the rapid disappearance of moorlands in Switzerland.
In summer there are lovely trails through this moor, but also in winter, besides being a paradise for cross-country skiers, there are prepared trails for people who want to enjoy lots of afternoon sunshine in this wide open area.
Einsiedeln, Chatzenstrick (after the pass) Altmatt, Rothenthurm
Things to Note
Photos are not allowed in the cathedral. // In summer you can also walk through the grounds of the cathedral to view the horses bred here. // There used to be a restaurant at the Chatzenstrick Pass. It is unsure if the new building currently being built there will offer a restaurant. // The trails on the moor are not cleared every day, so can be churned up a bit if the snow is soft.
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