Benedictine Mariastein Abbey

Heaven on Earth

Mariastein (St. Mary in the Rock) is known as a place of pilgrimage and Shrine of Our Lady, located in the border triangle region and dating back to the 14th century. Legend has it that a child fell from a precipice here and was rescued by the Virgin Mary.

Mariastein is the second most popular place of pilgrimage in Switzerland after Einsiedeln. Visitors from far and wide, as well as many pilgrims, culture lovers and those seeking peace and tranquillity, make the journey to this holy place. According to legend, this is the very place where a child fell from the cliff and was saved from certain death by the intervention of the Virgin Mary.

The place of Grace “im Stein” (“in the rock“) was first documented in 1434. The main focus of the pilgrimage is an underground cave – now a chapel – containing a miraculous image of the smiling Madonna. The Abbey with its Baroque pilgrimage and monastery church sits on the famous cliff.

Combine your visit to the Benedictine monastery with a pleasurable hike around Mariastein:

5th Solothurn forest hike – four routes around Mariastein

The forest hike takes you around the Mariastein Convent on four routes. Panels along the routes inform hikers about the connections between the images of the forest and the local characteristics such as the soil and climate. The forest images, landscapes and historical sights can be discovered on sub-routes.The Mariastein Convent is the focus and departure point.

  • Mariastein-Flüh sub-route: 10.5 km
  • Mariastein-Metzerlen sub-route: 16 km
  • Hofstetten sub-route: 13 km
  • Rodersdorf-Burg i.L sub-route: 17 km

Additional information

Buy ticket

Buy your ticket from the SBB Shop or SBB Mobile app. You can also buy a ticket from the driver, at all ticket terminals, PostBus sales offices and at the counter of your nearest railway station.
Additional ticketing apps and online shops can be found in our overview.

Timetable / travel information

You will find the entire Swiss public transport timetable online here.

Timetable no. 50.069

Timetable no. 50.113

Route open all year


For groups of 10 people or more, a reservation is required by no later than 4 p.m. on the previous day. Tel. +41 58 667 13 60

Bicycle transport

We’ll gladly transport your bike in the Postbus provided there is sufficient space in the vehicle and other passengers are not disadvantaged. Only a restricted number of e-Bikes can be transported by PostBus.

Wheelchair accessibility

Wheelchair access to the postbus guaranteed

Contact details


Mariastein Benedictine Abbey
Klosterplatz 2
4115 Mariastein