The Largest Christmas Crib in the World


Opening times

May 1 to October 31
       1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Advent season to January 6
       1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Entrance fees

Adults5.50 sfr
4.50 sfr
Children2.50 sfr
Museum passesfree


Diorama Bethlehem
Benzigerstrasse 23
CH-8840 Einsiedeln

Tel: +41 - (0)55 412 26 17


Short Description of the Crib in the Diorama Bethlehem

The Christmas crib in the Diorama Bethlehem is built in a half-circle and comprises over 450 figures, 80 m² of plastic landscape and a painted background measuring more than 30 m.

What the viewer sees is not just a fantasy-landscape but a realistic reproduction of the environs of Bethlehem; the seamless transition from the plastic landscape to the painted background creates the perfect illusion of an endless scenery.

The scenery starts on the left side with the shepherd's field where the angels announce the birth of Christ. In the middle it shows the birth cave with Joseph, Marie and the baby Jesus followed by the arrival of the three kings and their caravan. It ends on the right side with the flight of the Holy Family into Egypt.