Facts and Data

Official Unesco Page
Die Wieskirche (Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission - german only)
Wieskirche - Wallfahrtskirche zum Gegeißelten Heiland auf der Wies

Basis Data:
Unesco World heritage since: 1983
Size of heritage: 0.10 ha
- Buffer zone: 8.40 ha

Longitude: 10,900°
Latitude: 47,681°


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, colourful and joyful.

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The Pilgrimage Church of Wies, located in the town of Steingaden in the District of Weilheim-Schongau, Region of Upper Bavaria, State of Bavaria (Bayern), is a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its exceptional Rococo architecture and its significance as a place of pilgrimage. This magnificent church, nestled amidst the picturesque Bavarian landscape, attracts visitors from all over the world who come to admire its beauty and experience its spiritual ambiance.


The history of the Pilgrimage Church of Wies dates back to the 18th century. In 1730, a small wooden figure of the Scourged Savior was believed to have shed tears, leading to the emergence of a local cult. As the number of pilgrims increased, a decision was made to construct a church to accommodate the growing crowds. The construction of the church began in 1745 and was completed in 1754.


The Pilgrimage Church of Wies is a masterpiece of Rococo architecture, designed by the Bavarian architect Dominikus Zimmermann. The exterior of the church is relatively simple, with a white façade adorned with delicate stucco decorations. However, it is the interior that truly captivates visitors. The church's oval-shaped interior is adorned with intricate stucco work, frescoes, and gilded decorations, creating a sense of opulence and grandeur. The centerpiece of the church is the altar, which features the miraculous wooden figure of the Scourged Savior. The figure is surrounded by angels and is illuminated by natural light streaming through the windows, creating a heavenly atmosphere.

Current State

Today, the Pilgrimage Church of Wies continues to serve as a place of worship and pilgrimage. It is open to visitors who wish to explore its architectural beauty and experience its spiritual significance. The church is well-maintained, and efforts have been made to preserve its original features. The interior decorations, including the stucco work and frescoes, have been carefully restored to their former glory, allowing visitors to appreciate the church as it was intended to be experienced. The church also hosts regular religious services and events, attracting both locals and tourists. The serene surroundings and the peaceful atmosphere make it an ideal place for contemplation and reflection. Visitors can attend mass, participate in religious ceremonies, or simply take a moment to soak in the tranquility of the church. The Pilgrimage Church of Wies has also become a popular tourist destination, drawing visitors from around the world. Its inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage list has further enhanced its reputation and increased its visibility. The church's unique blend of architectural beauty, historical significance, and spiritual ambiance make it a must-visit destination for those exploring the cultural treasures of Bavaria. In conclusion, the Pilgrimage Church of Wies in Germany is a UNESCO World Heritage site that showcases the splendor of Rococo architecture and serves as a place of pilgrimage. Its rich history, stunning interior, and serene surroundings make it a captivating destination for both religious and cultural enthusiasts. Whether one seeks spiritual solace or simply appreciates architectural marvels, the Pilgrimage Church of Wies offers an unforgettable experience.

Hotels and places to stay

Karl Eberth Haus

Distance: 2,1 mi
Graf-Dürckheim-Str. 8-10
86989 Steingaden

Time Information

Checkout: 11:00 - Checkin: 12:00
Weekday: 8:00 - 19:30 (lunchbreak: 14:30 - 17:30)
Weekend: 8:00 - 14:00

Landhotel & Gasthof Zur Post

Distance: 2,2 mi
Kirchbergstrasse 43
82409 Wildsteig

Time Information

Checkout: 10:30 - Checkin: 13:00
Weekday: 9:30 - 20:00 (lunchbreak: 14:30 - 17:00)
Weekend: 9:30 - 19:00 (lunchbreak: 14:30 - 17:00)


Distance: 4,0 mi
Sonnenbichl 1
87642 Trauchgau

Time Information

Checkout: 11:00 - Checkin: 14:00
Weekday: 7:00 - 23:00
Weekend: 7:00 - 23:00

Landhotel Moosbeck Alm

Distance: 4,6 mi
Moos 38
82401 Rottenbuch

Time Information

Checkout: 11:00 - Checkin: 14:00
Weekday: 7:00 - 22:00
Weekend: 7:00 - 22:00


Distance: 4,2 mi
Sommerhof 4 1/2
82435 Bad Bayersoien

Time Information

Checkout: 10:00 - Checkin: 16:00
Weekday: 9:00 - 18:00
Weekend: 9:00 - 18:00

Gasthof Lamprecht

Distance: 5,8 mi
Lamprecht 1
86971 Peiting

Time Information

Checkout: 10:00 - Checkin: 17:00
Weekday: 8:00 - 21:00 (lunchbreak: 14:00 - 17:00)
Weekend: 9:00 - 21:30

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