In the high valley of the river «Sihl», overlooked by the mighty “Ybrig” mountain, lies Einsiedeln, the famous destination of pilgrims from the whole world. The story of this monastery village begins at the St. Jacob’s Path on the Etzel pass. Here St. Meinrad lived as a hermit before he moved into his hermitage in the dark forest, where, in the year 861 he was slain by two robbers. His pets were two ravens, which are still found on the Einsiedeln crest, and the story of his life is related on the frescos in the Meinrad chapel. Later the first Benedictine monks came and founded in 934 the first monastery on the spot where Meinrad’s chapel stood. Since the Middle Ages, Einsiedeln has been one of the most important Marian pilgrimage destinations north of the Alps.