Pilgrimage Church of Wies, Steingaden

#12 of 257 in Historic Sites in Upper Bavaria
Must see · World heritage site · Church · Tourist Spot
Pilgrimage Church of Wies became a pilgrimage site after the figure of the Scourged Savior began to weep tears in 1738. Local authorities converted a hasty chapel into a Rococo church in the late 1740s, hoping to make the supernatural visible. UNESCO recognized the church in 1983 as a World Heritage site. The setting, other attractions nearby, and the surprising size of this rural church make it worth the drive out here. Work out when and for how long to visit Pilgrimage Church of Wies and other Steingaden attractions using our handy Steingaden vacation planner.
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  • We made quite a loop in our route, just so that we would pass this church. It was way different than I had expected. I thought it would be a small and romantic church with lots of relics. Instead it....  more »
  • Because the Wieskirche is a building by itself in the fields, it's easy to see it's simple architecture from every angle. The interior of the church is one of the best Rococo churches that I've...  more »
  • Beautiful, quiet setting next to a farm and a field with cows with alpine bells constantly ringing. So amazingly charming. I could stay there forever
  • We spent a lovely hour here. We were lucky and arrived when it was reasonably quiet (3 coach loads of tourists arrived just as were leaving) This church has UNESCO World Heritage status. Though relatively plain from the outside it is ornately over the top inside and will stop you dead in your tracks. As I say in all my church and cathedral reviews, I'm not religious but I love looking at old religious buildings, they're either sparse and humble or totally over the top and if you've seen many churches in this part of the world you'll know they tend to be the latter. It is free to go in and there's donation boxes dotted about all over the place inside should the spirit compel you ... The car park costs €2 and if you need to spend a penny, you'll be spending 50c.
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