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The pilgrimage site to St. Sebald high above Gaflenz is unique. Some hiking trails lead romantically through woods and fields and invite you to visit the church and snack bar.
St. Sebald on the Heiligenstein has been a popular pilgrimage destination since the 15th century. More than 600 years ago, on August 29, 1413, a chapel was built in honor of all saints, but especially St. Consecrated to Sebald. The remarkable thing about it: Sebald was officially canonized 12 years later and he is not worshiped anywhere else in Austria. The miracles that Sebald worked in the area around Nuremberg were transferred to the Heiligenstein in folk legend. Its on the population was enormous especially in the baroque period. He is still considered an advocate in illness and misfortune, as a cattle patron and even as a matchmaker. The mountain church on the 782 m high hill between Gaflenz and Weyer is the only St. Sebaldus church in Austria. It is not only an art-historical jewel, to this day pilgrims come from near and far. The annual highlight is the Sebaldifest. In the anniversary year 2013, the “Heiligenstein Themed Trail” was opened: At several stations in and around the church, visitors receive the most important information about the history of the mountain sanctuary, its importance as a place of pilgrimage and about the work of St. Sebaldus.