Ornithogolists in Einsiedeln, Switzerland

For a day trip when staying with our friends in Switzerland they proposed driving to a nearby famous town of Einsiedeln known for its Benedictine monastery and Baroque abbey and the chapel housing a Black Madonna.

Einsiedeln is the most important place of pilgrimage dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Switzerland. The high valley of Einsiedeln in the heart of Central Switzerland nearby Lake Sihl, the biggest reservoir in Switzerland. All around us we could see the smooth green hills that turn white in winter for skiing.

As we walked toward the monastery and church, the major drawcard for tourists, we noticed a small festival for lovers of birds, an association of ornithologists but for some reason rabbits were included and made up the largest part of the exhibits. We could not resist taking a look.

Hope rabbits like a hug.

There were many giant rabbits

My favourite pattern

There were plenty of chickens roosters and other birds to see but the rabbits were unlike any we had seen before and they were monsters, feeding them would be a full-time job.

A couple of goats to add variety to the bird and rabbit show

Our friend Ursula talking to the black half of the black and white goat.

Not a happy accident, two of the same to prove it

The children were loving the rabbits

Gnome thinks this little boy has a weapon

Rabbits and gnomes go together

Easter bunny variety

I had a Dinkel - not a tinkle, beer made in this town

This man arrived with a hand hewn pitch fork

We stopped and had a drink in the ornithologists refreshment tent

Another locally made drink made from maize

Well it was a detour that I hope has not bored you or made you think I am going mad. There are times when looking at monuments and churches take a second place.

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  1. #1 by Kenny on June 8, 2011 - 10:40 pm

    Not boring at all, Roz! It reminded us of the New Norfolk fair we went to here in Tasmania a few months ago. Real people, real food and drink, and just plain fun! Glad you enjoyed this with John!

    • #2 by tastetravel on June 8, 2011 - 11:09 pm

      Thanks Ken, just added one more photo at the end since you approve of the post. You can see we were bound to be re-routed that day, it was so close to the abbey.

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