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UNESCO World Heritage Site: The Wieskirche near Steingaden

Wieskirche bei Steingaden

Wieskirche: Famous Rococo Church in Bavaria

The Pilgrimage Church of Wies (German: Wieskirche) is a rococo church near Steingaden and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here's why the visit is worthwhile.

The Wieskirche at a glance

  • Location: "Die Wies" is located about 100 km south-west of Munich in the Upper Bavarian Pfaffenwinkel in Steingaden (Weilheim-Schongau district).
  • Known for: Rococo pilgrimage church, image of grace ("Flagellated Savior"), UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983.
  • History: Built from 1745-1754 by Dominikus Zimmermann (architect) and his brother Johann Baptist Zimmermann (frescoes).

A masterpiece of the Rococo

Deckenfresko in der Wieskirche

In the middle of the 18th century (1745-54) the pilgrimage church was built by Johann Baptist and Dominikus Zimmermann - by order of the monks of the monastery of Steingaden. The occasion was the miracle of tears of a wooden figure of Christ, the "Flagellated Savior". The image of grace can be admired in the church. 

Since 1983, the chruch has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its magnificent rococo-style decoration with the extensive ceiling fresco and the richly decorated chancel with pulpit.

Travel to the Wieskirche from Munich

Arrival by train
From Munich main station by train to Füssen - continue by bus to Wieskirche, Steingaden
Travel time: depending on the connection approx. 3 hours
Arrival by car
A96 direction Lindau - exit Jengen in direction Jengen (B12) - change to B16 and drive to Füssen - on Füssener Straße (B17) to Steingaden
Travel time: approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes

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