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Höhronen Tour

Mountain Biking · Canton of Schwyz
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Einsiedeln-Ybrig-Zürichsee Explorers Choice 
  • Hochmoor Rothenthurm
    / Hochmoor Rothenthurm
    Photo: Schwyz Tourismus, Ferien- und Ausflugsregion Schwyz
  • / Chatzenstrick mit Blick ins Klosterdorf Einsiedeln
    Photo: Schwyz Tourismus, Ferien- und Ausflugsregion Schwyz
  • / Kloster Einsiedeln bei Abenddämmerung
    Photo: Schwyz Tourismus, Ferien- und Ausflugsregion Schwyz
  • / Sihlsee - Grösster Stausee der Schweiz
    Photo: Schwyz Tourismus, Ferien- und Ausflugsregion Schwyz
  • / Etzel - Hausberg von Pfäffikon SZ
    Photo: Schwyz Tourismus, Ferien- und Ausflugsregion Schwyz
  • / Etzel - Hausberg von Pfäffikon SZ
    Photo: Schwyz Tourismus, Ferien- und Ausflugsregion Schwyz
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A pleasurable, undulating tour along the pre-Alpine Höhronen hills. Between the start and finish in Einsiedeln, bikers pass two moors, look down on two lakes and enjoy the panorama of the Ybrig mountains.


Distance 32.9 km
3:00 h
834 m
834 m
1,159 m
751 m
Starting in Einsiedeln, a place of pilgrimage with its impressive Abbey, the trail soon leads to Lake Sihl, the largest reservoir in Switzerland. At Egg (SZ), it crosses the river Sihl over the Devil's Bridge, part of the Way of St. James. Fascinating fact: the physician Paracelsus was born nearby in 1493. This is followed by a short, steep ascent that branches off before the top of the Etzel Pass. With Lake Zurich in view, bikers ride downhill to Schindellegi, back across the Sihl and uphill along the Höhronen.

Their eye is soon drawn by the colourful sight of the Schwantenau moorland reserve. Later, they will enjoy the distant view across the Rothenthurm moorland. Covering more than 100 hectares, this is Switzerland's largest upland moor and heathland, traversed by the small and meandering river Biber.

On the ridge of the Höhronen hills stands the border stone, marking the boundary between the cantons of Zurich, Schwyz and Zug. The route runs through the middle of the forest, but not all the way up: instead, it leads towards the Raten Pass and St. Jost Chapel with a magnificent view of the Ägeri Valley. Crossing the Rothenthurm moorland, which we admired from above earlier on, it takes us to Altmatt. Now comes the final obstacle on the tour: the Chatzenstrick. At the top, bikers are rewarded with a view across the monastery village of Einsiedeln with Lake Sihl and the Ybrig mountains in the background.

Author’s recommendation

  • Einsiedeln Monastery
  • Restaurant near St. Jost
  • Raten restaurant
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Einsiedeln-Ybrig-Zürichsee AG / Hauptstrasse 85 / 8840 Einsiedeln
Update: July 06, 2021
S1 moderate
Highest point
Alpwirtschaft St. Jost, 1,159 m
Lowest point
Dorf Schindellegi, 751 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Milchmanufaktur Einsiedeln
Restaurant Raten
Restaurant Steinstoss-Stubli

Tips and hints

Die Höhronen-Tour ist mit dem E-Bike befahrbar.


Einsiedeln (881 m)
2'699'053E 1'220'453N
47.127655, 8.744161
47°07'39.6"N 8°44'39.0"E
32T 480596 5219381



Turn-by-turn directions

Einsiedeln - Horgenberg - Waldweg - Tüfelsbrugg - Enzenau - Büel - Schindellegi - Höhronen - Raten - Bibersteg - Dritte Altmatt - Katzenstrick - Einsiedeln

Folgen Sie der SchweizMobil Mountainbike Routenbeschilderung «Höhronen Bike 969»


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Public transport


Einsiedeln is well served by public transport.

The Swiss Federal Railways and Südostbahn railway company (SOB) run a half-hourly service to Einsiedeln from Zurich.

An hourly service to Einsiedeln is provided by the Voralpen Express railway company, which runs between Romanshorn in eastern Switzerland and the Lucerne conurbation.

Getting there

Einsiedeln is 40 km from Zurich and 55 km from Lucerne. The drive from the Richterswil or Schindellegi exits of the A3 Zurich – Chur motorway to Einsiedeln takes 15 minutes.


Parking is available at Brüel AG and the MM Center Einsiedeln, as well as many other places. All are chargeable.


2'699'053E 1'220'453N
47.127655, 8.744161
47°07'39.6"N 8°44'39.0"E
32T 480596 5219381
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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S1 moderate
32.9 km
3:00 h
834 m
834 m
Highest point
1,159 m
Lowest point
751 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Botanical highlights Flora and fauna


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