The Jacobs trail in Switzerland

The pilgrimage to the grave of St. James in Santiago de Compostela is one of the most important spiritual traditions in Europe.

As part of the European Jakobsweg (Route of St. James), the ViaJacobi leads along the foot of the Alpine chain from the Bodensee to Genève – right across Switzerland.

Chapels, churches and hostels are strung like pearls along the ViaJacobi and, together with a diverse cultural landscape, offer a fabulous hiking experience.


Your trip starts in Einsiedeln, Switzerlands most famous pilgrimage place. Enjoy the shores of Lake Sihl and admire the monastery.

The trail over Haggenegg leads through the beautiful high valley of Alp towards the two Mythen peaks.

The stately Au Convent and panoramic views of the Glarner Alps and the valley basin of Schwyz and Brunnen are feasts for the eyes.

approx 6.5 h
approx. 24 km
635 m
1'095 m

This section includes a boat trip from Brunnen to Treib, the ancient refuge harbour at the point where cantons Uri, Schwyz and Nidwalden meet.

The chapels along the way and the Winkelried memorial in Stans are worth seeing.

approx. 6 h
approx. 20 km
650 m
670 m

Following the first ascent after Stans, impressive views open up to Stanser Boden, the Vierwaldstättersee and the Innerschweiz mountain peaks.

Highpoint at the end of the section is the hermitage of Niklaus von Flüe and the Ranft chapels. In the end you reach the shores of Lake Sarnen with its emerald blue waters.

approx. 6 h
approx. 20 km
800 m
750 m

Flüeli affords outstanding views. The varied route follows the shores of the Sarneree and Lungernsee lakes and from Lungern church along the Brünigweg which, as a pilgrimage pfennig (coin) shows, was once a pilgrims’ path.

approx. 7 h
approx. 24 km
935 m
800 m

The trail leads along sunny slopes above the Brienzersee lake, allowing you to experience an exceptionally lovely landscape.

approx. 6 h
approx. 23 km
630 m
715 m


The hiking tour leads on comfortable forest trails, only on the leg to Stans on the shores of Lake Lucerne you have to deal with smaller trails. For the long legs you have to have a very good stamina. 

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Services & Information

  • 6 nights incl. breakfast
  • Daily Luggage transfer
  • Thorough route guidance
  • boat ride Brunnen - Treib
  • Detailed travel documents
  • GPS data available
  • Service-Hotline


  • parking in Einsiedeln in parking Brühl. CHF 20.- park tickets are available in the tourist info of Einsiedeln, no reservation possible.
  • By train back from Interlaken to Einsiedeln, duration 3 - 3¾ hours, costs CHF 81.- - CHF 102.- per Person and ride.

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