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.
Guided tours are possible all year round for groups by appointment I Voluntary donations requested!

Advent 2022/2023 Öffnungszeiten von Kirche, Krippen und des Christkindl-Ladens:

25.11. bis 23.12.2022
Mo – Fr 13.00 – 16.30 Uhr
vormittags nur für Schulklassen gegen Anmeldung in der Pfarrkanzlei
Sa 10.00 – 16.30 Uhr
So + Feiertag 11.00 – 16.30 Uhr (Kirche – Krippen)
So + Feiertag 10.00 – 16.30 Uhr (Christkindl-Laden)
10.00 – 14.00 Uhr
13.00 – 16.30 Uhr Kirche offen
Krippen/Christkindl-Laden geschlossen
26.12. bis 30.12.2022
13.00 – 16.30 Uhr
10.00 – 12.00 Uhr
11.00 – 16.30 Uhr Kirche offen
Krippen/Christkindl-Laden geschlossen
02. - 05.01.2023
13.00 – 16.30 Uhr
11.00 – 16.30 Uhr Kirche und Krippen
10.00 – 16.30 Uhr Christkindl-Laden

Für alle Gruppen ist eine Anmeldung in der Pfarrkanzlei unbedingt erforderlich.
Di – Fr 9.00 - 11.30 Uhr
Tel. +43 (0)7252 546 22

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General price information

Reservierungsgebühr für Reisegruppen bis max. 50 Personen € 60,00 pro Gruppe
Kirchenführung € 60,00 pro Gruppe bis max. 50 Personen
Anmeldung in der Pfarrkanzlei unbedingt erforderlich!
Wird zusätzlich der Besuch der Krippen gebucht, ist die Reservierungsgebühr nur einmal zu entrichten.
Für Gruppen sind bei Voranmeldung Führungen ganzjährig möglich

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  • Autumn
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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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