From the railway station we ride to the abbey and then along the main road in the direction of Gross. At the Steinbach restaurant we bear right of the small viaduct over Lake Sihl and follow the side road across the Ahorenweid pasture to Rütirank. From here, it is less than one kilometre before the ascent through Schräwald forest. After climbing the first three kilometres on asphalt, there is an interesting, relatively flat stretch of about five kilometres to Unterer Hummel.
From here you can enjoy magnificent views of Lakes Sihl, Zurich, Pfäffikon and Greifen. On a clear day, you can even see as far as the Black Forest. After the long ascent to Hummel, there is a rapid descent towards Gross. At the crossroads (bridge) before the Steinauer sawmill, we turn left and arrive, after one kilometre, at Chälen.
Here we bear left and leave the road, then after a good ten minutes we reach Chüeboden. This is followed by the final descent to Eigen; the gentle descent back to Einsiedeln is via Trachslau and the Au Convent. As an alternative, it is possible to return directly to Einsiedeln from Chälen via Wäni.
- Einsiedeln Monastery
- Goldapfel Gingerbread Museum
- Bethlehem Diorama
Rest StopCafé-Restaurant Tändli
Restaurant Zunfthaus Bären und Bäckerei Schefer
Restaurant St. Georg
Safety informationThe route is waymarked in one direction only: Einsiedeln - Unteriberg - Unter Hummel - Trachslau - Einsiedeln.
Tips and hintsThe Hummel tour is accessible by e-bike.
Getting thereEinsiedeln 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.
ParkingParking is available at Brüel AG and the MM Center Einsiedeln, as well as many other places. All are chargeable.
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)
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- Cell phone
- 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.