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

Christmas Market in Mariastein

On the 14th and 15th of December 2019 the monastery will host its own Christmas market for the third time ever. Come and join us for a cup of hot mulled wine and browse through a beautiful selection of home- and handmade goods! Local producers as well as brothers and sisters from 14 monasterys will be happy to show you their products.

Mary, until January 7, 2020

Exhibition on Display in the Chapel of Saint Joseph in Mariastein/Switzerland


Cycle of Paintings by the Artist Stella Radicati

showing the life of Mary, the mother of God


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

13 Artist

Scissor cut 






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





Experience the Benedictines

The Srine wirh 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.