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"Why should someone do a vacation in Steingaden? Can you possibly tell me 2-3 popular travel tips for Steingaden, which everyone visiting Steingaden should see? Also let me know 2-3 special insider travel tips for Steingaden that a typical tourist may not know about, but that you can highly recommend. Thanks!" (posted 05/20/2014)

Steingaden is not necessarily the choice for a vacation spot, but it’s not the worst choice. The air quality is nice, the mountains are right beside, and there are many lakes close by. Steingaden is an ordinary Bavarian village, but there is a Romanic monastery founded by the Guelphs, right beside the Wies, a Rococo church that belongs to the world cultural heritage. Americans will probably come to this area to visit the king’s castles in the neighboring Hohenschwangau. If you want to do so from a city, then Füssen (with its railway station and public buses) is a better starting place, but if you want to live in a Bavarian village, then Steingaden is just right.
Answer provided by P.A. Bletschacher on 05/20/2014
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The heart of Steingaden is the former monastery church with its mighty white towers. Historians call the Guelp’s minster an art historical open book. The various epochs have harmoniously left their traces here, from Romanic to modern times. The magnificent paintings on the ceilings are baroque, the many putti speak to Rococo lightness, the Gothic cloister is a particular highlight. Another highlight is the Wieskirche church, the pilgrim’s church “of the castigated savior on the Wies”. Since 1983, this paragon of Bavarian Rococo has been part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage. It was built between 1745 and 1754 by Dominikus Zimmermann and Johann Baptist Zimmermann and is considered a master piece of human creative potential. The monastery museum in the old vicarage of Steingaden is the ideal place to delve even deeper into the religious history of the town; it holds paintings, sculptures and an old small monastery manger with more than 200 figures. Or one can go and explore the historic center of town “On monastic paths” with the brochure of that name. Art has continued to be an important element of the place. There are wood and stone carvers, painters, caricaturists and writers. Frankly, these are not necessarily reasons to stay in Steingaden. There are better places with better tourist infrastructure in the vicinity, and one can still visit Steingaden’s sights from there. We recommend: Lechbruck, Roßhaupten, Pfronten, Füssen, Hopfen am See (the most beautiful part of Füssen). Füssen offers world-famous culture (imperial castles), a great program of cultural events (with its own Festspielhaus theater, concerts in the Imperial Hall), St. Mang monastery, the High Castle of Füssen…: Then, there are also the mountains (Füssen is the German town with the highest elevation above sea levels, right by the Alps), lakes (more than 10 in the surrounding area), sports. In Steingaden, I’d be bored to death.
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  • Wieskirche
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    Wieskirche

    The Pilgrimage Church of Wies (German: Wieskirche) is an oval rococo church, designed in the late 1740s by Dominikus Zimmermann, who for the last eleven years of his life lived nearby. It is located in the foothills of the Alps, in the municipality of Steingaden in the Weilheim-Schongau district, Bavaria, Germany.

    It is said that, in 1738, tears were seen on a dilapidated wooden figure of the Scourged Saviour. This supposed miracle resulted in a pilgrimage rush to see the sculpture. In 1740, a small chapel was built to house the statue but it was soon realized that the building would be too small for the number of pilgrims it attracted, and so Steingaden Abbey decided to commission a separate shrine. Many who have prayed in front of the statue of Jesus on the altar have claimed that people have been miraculously cured of their diseases, which has made this church even more of a pilgrimage site.

    Construction took place between 1745 and 1754, and the interior was decorated with frescoes and with stuccowork in the tradition of the Wessobrunner School. "Everything was done throughout the church to make the supernatural visible. Sculpture and murals combined to unleash the divine in visible form".

    There is a popular belief that the Bavarian government planned to sell or demolish the rococo masterpiece during the secularization of Bavaria at the beginning of the 19th century, and that only protests from the local farmers saved it from destruction. Available sources, however, document that the responsible state commission clearly advocated the continuation of Wies as a pilgrimage site, even in spite of economic objections from the abbot of Steingaden.

    The Wieskirche was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983 and underwent extensive restoration between 1985 and 1991.

  • Pilgrimage Church of Wies UNESCO World Heritage Site
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    Pilgrimage Church of Wies UNESCO World Heritage Site

    The UNESCO committe notes: Miraculously preserved in the beautiful setting of an Alpine valley, the Church of Wies (1745–54), the work of architect Dominikus Zimmermann, is a masterpiece of Bavarian Rococo – exuberant, colorful and joyful.

    In 1738, tears were seen on a dilapidated wooden figure of the Scourged Saviour in the area. This miracle resulted in a pilgrimage rush to see the sculpture. In 1740 a small chapel was built to house the statue, but it was soon realized that the building would be too small for the number of pilgrims it attracted, and thus Steingaden Abbey decided to commission a separate shrine. Many people who have prayed in front of the statue of Jesus on the altar have claimed that people have been miraculously cured of their diseases, which has made this church even more of a pilgrimage site.



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Steingaden Overview

Steingaden is a town in Bavaria, Weilheim-Schongau and seat of the administrative community Steingaden. Steingaden is an official health resort. The town is home to two unique architectural monuments, the famous Wieskirche and Guelph Munster.

Things to see in Steingaden

Festlicher Sommer concert series

Wies church

Guelph Munster

Church of the Holy Cross

Church of St. Mary Magdalene

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More about the History of Steingaden

Founded in 1147, the originally separate communities Fronreiten, Lauterbach (Lauterbach vacation rentals | Lauterbach travel guide) and Urspring been incorporated as part of the municipality in Steingaden.

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Steingaden is a municipality in the Weilheim-Schongau district, in Bavaria, Germany.

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