Places to see around the Zugspitze

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From churches to abbeys & monasteries


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

Kloster Ettal (Ettal Abbey) in the Ammergau Alps

Kloster Ettal

approx. 10 km
The Ettal Benedictine abbey was already founded in the year 1330. The domed tower of this lavishly decorated Rococo church finished in the year 1752 is 52 meters (171 feet) high. The industrious abbey also runs a liquor distillery, brewery, cheese factory, several restaurants and inns, and more!
The basilica is open to visitors year round.
> to Kloster Ettal


Rottenbuch Abbey

Rottenbuch Kloster

approx. 33 km
Welf IV, Duke of Bavaria, founded the Augustinian monastery in 1073, the frescoes were painted by Matthias Günther, the Madonna and child are by Erasmus Grasser, and the altars and pulpit were made by Franz Xaver Schmädl.
> to the Rottenbuch Abbey


Kloster Benediktbeuern, a monastery in the region around Zugspitzland

Kloster Benediktbeuern

approx. 37 km
DBenediktbeuern Abbey in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps can look back upon a history of more than 1250 years.
1In 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.
> to the abbey, Kloster Benediktbeuern


Wieskirche – one of the most famous Rococo churches in the world!


approx. 45 km
The Pilgrimage Church of Wies is one of the most famous rococo churches in the world!
The Wieskirche church was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 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’s eyes while suffering on the flagellating column. It was this wonder of tears that began the pilgrimage to the Scourged Savior “auf der Wies “ (in the meadow) in the Wies 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. Approx. 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.
> to the Wieskirche pilgrimage church