Canton Schwyz – Einsiedeln

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Canton Schwyz, smack dab in east central Switzerland, is one of the original three cantons. It shares a small border with Canton Zürich and offers touristic experiences even on a hazy end-of-winter day. It is pronounced something like Shveetz.

First stop on our Schwyz Day Adventure – Einsiedeln. This city/town is famous for its Benedictine Monastery. This monastery is dedicated to our Lady of the Hermits, as the first documented inhabitant of the region was St. Meinrad, a hermit.

This Abbey is pretty large and the interior quite bright, and yet so very Baroque. No photos allowed inside, so you must google Einsiedeln Monestary Photos to get the idea. Here are some photos of the exterior.

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Aside from the inside, the stables are a draw for many. These horses are Europe’s oldest breed, a line reaching back 1,000 years.

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We enjoyed a wander behind the Abbey where we had views of people cross country skiing and sledding (a small hill by Swiss standards – each person had to drag their sledge back up the hill for the next run).

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You find here the national ski jumping venue for the country. It was built in 2001.

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