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
Information about the entire series of forest hikes available at:
www.waldwanderungen.so.ch (in german)
Further information about the forest in Canton Solothurn
www.wald.so.ch (in german)
Route open all year
Travel-date details/validity: view timetable/timetable information
Mariastein Benedictine Abbey
+41 (0)61 735 11 11
No bicycle transport fixtures available in/on the vehicle
Wheelchair access to the postbus guaranteed
Landskron Castle: bearing witness to the times of knights
The viewpoint in the Leimen Valley
Situated on French territory, but still in the immediate vicinity of Flüh are the remnants of proud Landskron Castle. Like the other ruins in this area, it is a reminder of eventful times when knights had to protect their possessions.
Verein zur Rettung der Landskron
Church of the Holy Spirit in Flüh
First ecumenical church in Switzerland
The Church of the Holy Spirit in Flüh is the first ecumenical church in Switzerland and an official place of interest on the path of St. James. On visiting the church visitors can also admire the unique window by the famous Basel artist Samuel Buri.
Ökumenische Kirche Flüh
+41 61 731 38 86