Abbot Peter and the monks of the Benedictine monastery of Mariastein welcome you cordially

Since 1636, guests from all over the world have been visiting the Benedictine monastery of Mariastein, the most famous place of pilgrimage in northwest Switzerland.

The heart of the monastery is the Shrine. 59 steps lead into the underground grotto with the smiling Madonna. Here, in complete seclusion, pilgrims from all over the world find peace and space, silence and security for the inner monologue and for the intense dialogue with the Holy Mother of God. The Mother of Consolation of Mariastein gives shelter and comfort, she gives energy and courage - her unique power rests on the legend of «Mary in the rock».

Events in English

Medicinal- and Kitchen-herb Garden

It is regarded as a tradition for a monastery to cultivate its own herb-garden. The one in Mariastein is located near the old pilgrim hostel «Klosterhotel Kreuz» and is open to the public.

Klosterhotel Kreuz, Paradiesweg 1, 4115 Mariastein

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To seek God: Pray and work, to be alone, to live in the community.





Experience the Benedictines

The Srine with the smiling Madonna





The Shrine

Confession, courses, individual meeting, spiritual guidance, logotherapy.





Pastoral Care

Religious articles, souvenirs, Books, CD, products from the monastery garden etc.





Monastery's Shop

The Monastery is embedded in the gentle landscape of the Leimental.