Svatojakubská cestaJakobswegWay of St. James

Swiss Route (Jakobsweg)

kresba cesty

A 350 km historic route, "end–to–end" (east–west) through Switzerland from Konstanz on the German border to Geneva. There is also a branch starting in Rorschach and leading via St. Gallen to join the main route in Einsiedeln. Follows the general direction taken by pilgrims to Santiago in previous centuries although alternatives paths are used in places where the original route has now become a modern road. In many sections there are also two options, to the north or south of the several lakes the route passes. One goes via the Brunnig pass (1 002 m), Interlaken and Thun, the other via Lucerne and Bern, joining up again near Fribourg to continue to Lausanne and then to Geneva and the French border (from where energetic pilgrims can continue on a waymarked route to Le Puy–en–Velay).

Waymarking

Well waymarked throughout, either with the white signposts of the Schwabenweg or the brown markers of the Swiss long–distance footpaths network. Note, however, that these never indicate the distance but only the time needed to walk from one place to the next.

Terrain

Strenuous! The surfaces are normally easy to walk on (a number of farm tracks are in fact tarmac now) but apart from sections alongside lakes the route is full of ups and downs, often several times a day. The highest point of the route is the pass over the Haggenegg, at 1 414 m. (Cyclists will need to take minor roads or dedicated cycle tracks for much of the route.)

What to see

Apart from the stunning scenery on most of the route there are traces of pilgrim activity in the past, numerous interesting small chapels and churches along the way and a number of representations of St. James. The most important ecclesiastical "sight" is the abbey at Einsiedeln, a pilgrim gathering place in the past and also a pilgrim focus in its own right. The route also passes the birth place of St. Nikolaus de Flüe (and after whom the new refuge in Ponferrada is named).

Accommodation

Plenty, but none of it very cheap. Some youth hostels, very few campsites, but in the German–speaking areas in particular there is a network of spartan accommodation known as Schlafen im Stroh/Aventure à la Paille. Farms belonging to the scheme provide a barn where you can sleep in the hay (with your sleeping bag), washing facilities and a good breakfast the following morning. All charge the same price (20 Swiss francs per person in 2002). Details are given in the accommodation list provided by the Swiss pilgrim associations (addresses below).

Towns and villages along the way

Rohrschachwww.rorschach.ch
Unterregenwww.untereggen.ch
St. Gallenwww.stgallen.ch
Herisauwww.herisau.ch
Schwellbrunnwww.schwellbrunn.ch
St. Peterzellwww.stpeterzell.ch
St. Gallenkappelwww.stgallenkappel.ch
Schmerikonwww.schmerikon.ch
Tuggenwww.tuggen.ch
Siebnenwww.siebnen.ch
Lachenwww.lachen.ch
Einsiedelnwww.einsiedeln.ch
Trachschlauwww.trachslau.ch
Schwyzwww.gemeindeschwyz.ch
Ingenbohlwww.ingenbohl.ch
Brunnenwww.brunnen.ch
Seelisbergwww.seelisberg.ch
Emmettenwww.emmetten.ch
Beckenriedwww.beckenried.ch
Buochswww.buochs.ch
Engelbergwww.engelberg.ch
Stanswww.stans.ch
Ennetmooswww.ennetmoos.ch
Kernswww.kerns.ch
Flüeli–Ranftwww.flueliranft.ch
Sachselnwww.sachseln.ch
Giswilwww.giswil.ch
Lungernwww.lungern.ch
Halisbergwww.hasliberg.ch
Brienzwillerwww.brienzwiler.ch
Hofstettenwww.hofstetten-ballenberg.ch
Brienzwww.brienz.ch
Bönigenwww.boenigen.ch
Interlakenwww.interlaken.ch
Unterseenwww.unterseen.ch
Beatenbergwww.beatenberg.ch
Sigriswilwww.sigriswil.ch
Heiligenschwendiwww.heiligenschwendi.ch
Hilterfingenwww.hilterfingen.ch
Thunwww.thun.ch
Amsoldingenwww.amsoldingen.ch
Blumensteinwww.blumenstein.ch
Forst-Längenbühlwww.forst-laengenbuehl.ch
Wattenwilwww.wattenwil.ch
Burgisteinwww.burgistein.ch
Riggisbergwww.riggisberg.ch
Rüeggisbergwww.rueggisberg.ch
Schwarzenburgwww.schwarzenburg.ch
Rüescheggwww.rueschegg.ch
Heitenriedwww.heitenried.ch
St. Antoniwww.stantoni.ch
Taferswww.tafers.ch
Fribourgwww.fr.ch/ville-fribourg/de
Autignywww.autigny.ch
Romontwww.romont.ch
Curtilleswww.curtilles.ch
Moudonwww.moudon.ch
Lausannewww.lausanne.ch
Morgeswww.morges.ch
St. Prexwww.saint-prex.ch
Allamanwww.allaman.ch
Rollewww.rolle.ch
Pranginswww.prangins.ch
Nyonwww.nyon.ch
Célignywww.celigny.ch
Founexwww.founex.ch
Commugnywww.commugny.ch
Ženevawww.ville-geneve.ch

Photogallery

kašna sv. Jakuba Rohrschach
farní kostel Unterregen
katedrála St. Gallen
Herisau
zámek Iberg
kostel v St. Gallenkapel
kostel sv. Josta Schmerikon
farní kostel Svatého Kříže Lachen
Klášter Einsiedeln
kostel sv. Martina Schwyz
spolková kaple Brunnen
Emmetten a hora Mythen
Beckenried
katolický kostel Stans
farní kostel sv. Jakuba Ennetmoos
kostel St. Niklausen
Kerns
Flüeli Ranft
Sachseln
poutní kostel sv. Vavřince Ciswil
Lungern
Brünigský průsmyk
Brienz
kostel v Bönigenu
Interlaken
Unterseen
kostel Beatenberg
kostel Sigriswil
zámek Thun
kostel Amsoldingen
kostel Blumenstein
zámek Burgistein
farní kostel Riggisberg
zřícenina bývalého kláštera Rüeggisberg
Fribourg
katedrála Fribourg
Romont
Moudon
katedrála Notre-Dame Lausanne
pevnost Morges
zámek Rolle
zámek Prangins
Nyon
kostel sv. Roberta Founex
Ženeva