Christkindl Pilgrimage Church

Steyr, Oberösterreich, Österreich
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The church is the centre of the world-famous pilgrimage site Christkindl!

The church, built by Giovanni B. Carlone and Jakob Prandtauer, was consecrated in 1725. The shrine above the globe-shaped tabernacle houses is a ten centimetre tall wax baby Jesus statue.

The history
As legend has it, Ferdinand Sertl who suffered from epilepsy visited the area in the winter of 1691, carrying a small statue of the Christ Child. He placed the statue in a niche he had cut in a pine tree and prayed for relief from his illness. His health did improve and local people hearing of his "miraculous cure" visited the area and soon it became a seasonal center for pilgrims. In 1708, Abbot Anselm Angerer had the pilgrimage church you see today erected at the site. The original pine tree trunk can still be seen in the altar.

Today, the place is world famous for its purpose-built temporary Christmas post office that opens its door every year by late November and answers innumerable letters from children. A perfect way to get in the right mood for Christmas is to admire the elaborate mechanical Steyr Crèche and the elaborate Pöttmesser Crib.

During the year, the pilgrimage church can be visited from the outside, as well as access into the church up to the barrier.

Advent 2023/2024 Öffnungszeiten von Kirche, Krippen und des Christkindl-Ladens:

01.12. bis 23.12.2023
Di – Fr 13.00 – 16.30 Uhr
Vormittags: Schulklassen gegen Anmeldung in der Pfarrkanzlei
Sa + So + Feiertag 10.00 – 16.30 Uhr

10.00 – 14.00 Uhr

13.00 – 16.30 Uhr Kirche offen/ Krippen geschlossen

26.12. bis 30.12.2023
13.00 – 16.30 Uhr

10.00 – 12.00 Uhr

10.00 – 16.30 Uhr Kirche offen/ Krippen geschlossen

02. - 05.01.2024
13.00 – 16.30 Uhr

10.00 – 16.30 Uhr
Di - Fr 13.00 – 16.30 Uhr (nach Möglichkeit)
Sa + So + Feiertag 10.00 – 16.30 Uhr
25.12.2023 und 01.01.2024: geschlossen

Bei den Kirchenführungen, den Krippenausstellungen und im Christkindl-Laden arbeiten alle ehrenamtlich.

Für alle Gruppen ist eine Anmeldung in der Pfarrkanzlei unbedingt erforderlich.
Öffnungszeiten der Pfarrkanzlei:
Di – Fr 9.00 -11.30 Uhr

Öffnungszeiten während des Jahres
Für Gruppen ab 10 Personen sind Führungen in der Kirche und in der Krippenausstellung während des ganzen Jahres bei Voranmeldung in der Pfarrkanzlei möglich.

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General price information

Reservation fee for tour group appointments € 60.00
Church tour fee per group € 60.00
Nativity exhibition:
Adults € 7,00
Children 6 - 14 yrs € 1,50
Youths 15 - 18 yrs € 2,50
Students/seniors € 6,00 (with ID)
Family ticket € 12,00 (2 adults + up to 3 children)
Family ticket small € 8,50 (1 adult + up to 3 children)
Group price € 6,00 (from 10 persons)
School classes € 1,50 / pupil

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Please get in touch for more information.


Christkindl Pilgrimage Church
Christkindlweg 69
4400 Steyr

Phone +43 7252 54622…

Contact person

Pfarramt Christkindl

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