Switzerland's oldest Schafbock and gingerbread bakery.
Schafbock biscuits nourished pilgrims as early as the 17th century. Families made them at home from sweet honey dough and sold them at stalls near the Einsiedeln Monastery. The first Schafbock bakery – the Goldapfel – opened over 150 years ago. This makes it Switzerland's oldest Schafbock and gingerbread bakery.
The Schafbock and Gingerbread Museum tells the story of the family business, which today is in its ninth generation of unbroken ownership. It also explains the historical and religious background of this Einsiedeln speciality and presents machines from the early 20th century, baking utensils, documents, furnishings and old wooden models. The exhibits have all been in the family at one time or another.
Admission to the museum is free. The museum offers guided tours and tastings. Drinks can also be served by prior arrangement.
The Schafbock and Gingerbread Museum also houses a vintage shop: entering it feels like stepping back into the past, since it was like this that the locals and pilgrims bought the specialities in 1896. The fragrance of the pilgrimage biscuit that welcomes the visitor on entry has also stood the test of time.
Today the Goldapfel edifice is designated a cultural monument: its core consists of a baroque gabled house. It is the only remaining fully preserved commercial building from the 18th century in Canton Schwyz.
A guided tour of the Schafbock and Gingerbread Museum provides an insight into the origins of the Einsiedeln speciality. Visitors can sample the biscuit as well as Rosoli, the Einsiedeln liqueur. An aperitif can be served on request.
The main Goldapfel shop is located on the main street, just a few steps from Klosterplatz.
The tours are conducted in German.
Admission to the Schafbock and Gingerbread Museum is free during the opening hours of the vintage shop.
January to Easter: daily 1.30 - 4.30 p.m.
Easter to December: daily 1.30 - 6 p.m.