Familyhiking at the Via Jacobi
Abbey in Einsiedeln
View at Flüeli
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Via Jacobi: Einsiedeln - Interlaken

The Jacobs trail in Switzerland

The pilgrimage to the grave of St. James in Santiago de Compostela is one of the most important spiritual traditions in Europe. As part of the European Jakobsweg (Route of St. James), the ViaJacobi leads along the foot of the Alpine chain from the Bodensee to Genève – right across Switzerland. Chapels, churches and hostels are strung like pearls along the ViaJacobi and, together with a diverse cultural landscape, offer a fabulous hiking experience.

Walking
Walking
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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Itinerary

Your trip starts in Einsiedeln, Switzerlands most famous pilgrimage place. Enjoy the shores of Lake Sihl and admire the monastery.

The trail over Haggenegg leads through the beautiful high valley of Alp towards the two Mythen peaks. The stately Au Convent and panoramic views of the Glarner Alps and the valley basin of Schwyz and Brunnen are feasts for the eyes.

approx. 6,5 hours
24 km
640 m
1.090 m

This section includes a boat trip from Brunnen to Treib, the ancient refuge harbour at the point where cantons Uri, Schwyz and Nidwalden meet. The chapels along the way and the Winkelried memorial in Stans are worth seeing.

approx. 6 hours
20 km
650 m
670 m

Following the first ascent after Stans, impressive views open up to Stanser Boden, the Vierwaldstättersee and the Innerschweiz mountain peaks. Highpoint at the end of the section is the hermitage of Niklaus von Flüe and the Ranft chapels. In the end you reach the shores of Lake Sarnen with its emerald blue waters.

approx. 6 hours
20 km
800 m
750 m

Flüeli affords outstanding views. The varied route follows the shores of the Sarneree and Lungernsee lakes and from Lungern church along the Brünigweg which, as a pilgrimage pfennig (coin) shows, was once a pilgrims’ path.

approx. 7 hours
24 km
940 m
800 m

The trail leads along sunny slopes above the Brienzersee lake, allowing you to experience an exceptionally lovely landscape.

approx. 6 hours
23 km
630 m
720 m

Tour character

The hiking tour leads on comfortable forest trails, only on the leg to Stans on the shores of Lake Lucerne you have to deal with smaller trails. For the long legs you have to have a very good stamina.

Prices and events

All data for 2020 at a glance
Season 1
Apr 4, 2020 - May 15, 2020
Sep 19, 2020 - Oct 18, 2020
daily
Season 2
May 16, 2020 - Sep 18, 2020
daily
Via Jacobi: Einsiedeln - Interlaken 7 days, CH-ZSWEI-07X
Base price
Surcharge single room
799.00
279.00
829.00
279.00

Category: pretty 3*** hotels and country hotels

Season 1
Apr 4, 2020 - May 15, 2020
Sep 19, 2020 - Oct 18, 2020
Season 2
May 16, 2020 - Sep 18, 2020
Einsiedeln
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
Interlaken
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
79.00
118.00
95.00
134.00
79.00
118.00
95.00
134.00

Services and infos

Included:

  • 6 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
  • Luggage tranfer
  • Boat ride Brunnen - Treib
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • GPS data available
  • Service-Hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Parking: public car park Brühl, approx. EUR 20 per day, park tickets are available in the tourist office of Einsiedeln, no reservation possible.
  • Departure by train from Interlaken to Einsiedeln, duration approx. 3,5 hours.

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
Thomas Wallner
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Thomas Wallner, Customer Service

Ratings

4 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
4 stars
Sophie & Jos V. BE | 05.08.2019
Splendid sceneries along the Via Jacobi
Landscapes were magnificent and so was the overall experience. Level of hike was quite high (long stages, a few long steep stretches up and down). Pathfinding was easy (Via Jacobi signs) but little contextual information was provided in the Eurohike booklet (description of stage, Via Jacobi history, landmarks etc.). Practical organisation was perfect: all hotels were expecting us, luggage was delivered in time. Overall quality of hotels was good but rather variable. And food and drinks are indeed costly in Switzerland :)

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