Destinations for a Day Trip

Churches, Abbeys and Monasteries

„Churches, chapels, abbeys and monasteries, or plain wayside crosses: Everywhere in the ZugspitzLand, you will encounter impressive testimonies of religious life.“

Ettal Monastery

Kloster Ettal

The Ettal Benedictine abbey in the Ammergau Alps was already founded in the year 1330. The domed tower of this lavishly decorated Rococo church finished in the year 1752 is 52 m (171 ft.) high. The industrious abbey also runs a liquor distillery, brewery, cheese factory, several restaurants and inns.
The basilica is open to visitors year round.
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St. Anton Pilgrimage Church


In 1704 four citizens of Partenkirchen from old noble families had a chapel built for their patron saint, St. Anthony of Padua. A way of the cross takes you up to the chapel with an impressive view of Partenkirchen.

 

Rottenbuch Abbey

Rottenbuch Kloster

 
Welf IV, Duke of Bavaria, founded the Augustinian monastery in 1073; the frescoes were painted by Matthias Günther, Madonna and child were created by Erasmus Grasser, and the altars and pulpit were made by Franz Xaver Schmädl.
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Benediktbeuern Monastery

Kloster Benediktbeuern


Benediktbeuern Abbey in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps can look back upon a history of more than 1250 years.
In 1803 the Benedictine monastery was dissolved in the course of secularization. The former Benedictine abbey has been a religious college of the Silesians of Saint Don Bosco since 1931.
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Wieskirche - One of the Most Famous Rococo Churches in the World!

Wieskirche


The Pilgrimage Church of Wies is one of the most famous rococo churches in the world. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983.
The figure of Christ in suffering, the Scourged Savior, forms the heart of this house of God. On June 14, 1738, the farm woman, Maria Lory, is said to have seen tears in Jesus’ eyes while suffering on the flagellating column. It was this wonder of tears that started the pilgrimages to the Scourged Savior “auf der Wies“ (in the meadow) in the neighborhood of the town of Steingaden. From 1745 to 1754, Dominikus Zimmermann built a unique house of God for these pilgrimages. The church’s interior is decorated in Rococo style of supreme perfection. Approximately one million visitors from all over the world, including numerous pilgrims, come to the church every year.
When they come to the Pilgrimage Church of Wies, they are in awe of the beauty of the church and its surroundings. They come to pray, worship, maybe attend a concert in the summer, or simply to meditate and be close to the Savior in this unique house of God.
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