Sebalduskirche - pilgrimage church at the Heiligenstein

Gaflenz, Oberösterreich, Österreich
The pilgrimage site to St. Sebald high above Gaflenz, visible from afar, is unique.
Several hiking trails lead romantically through woods and meadows and invite you to visit the church and snack station.

Here you will find the planned dates at the Heiligenstein 2023:

Mon, 15 May: 7:30 a.m. Prayer procession from the Edtbauer riding stables to the Sebaldi Church (annually on the Mon before Ascension Day).
Whit Monday, 29 May: 10 a.m. service (annually on Whit Monday)
Sun, 9 July: 10 a.m. service
20 August: Sebaldisonntag: 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. festive service with Rev. Friedrich Lenhart (annually around the commemoration day of St. Sebald (19.8.) )
Sun, 10 September: Sebaldinachfest: 10 am Mass (Sunday after the Nativity of Mary, 8.9.)
Sun, 5 November: 10 a.m. Mass in honour of St. Leonhard (annually on the 1st Sunday after All Souls' Day) - then winter break

Current dates can be found on the homepage of the parish
St. Sebald on the Heiligenstein has been a popular pilgrimage destination since the 15th century. More than 600 years ago, on 29 August 1413, a chapel was consecrated in honour of all the saints, but especially St. Sebald. The remarkable thing is that Sebald was not officially canonised until 12 years later and he is not venerated anywhere else in Austria. The miracles Sebald worked in the area around Nuremberg were transferred to the saint's stone in folk legend. His appeal to the population was enormous, especially in the Baroque period. Even today, he is regarded as an intercessor in cases of illness and misfortune, as the patron saint of cattle and even as a matchmaker.

The mountain church on the 782 m high hill between Gaflenz and Weyer is the only Sebaldus church in Austria. It is not only a jewel of art history; to this day pilgrims come from near and far. The annual highlight is the Sebaldi Festival.

In the anniversary year 2013, the "Heiligenstein Theme Trail" was opened: At several stations in and around the church, visitors receive the most important information about the history of the mountain shrine, its significance as a place of pilgrimage and about the work of St. Sebald.

Since 2020, the Heiligenstein has been the highlight of the Sebaldus Pilgrimage Route through the National Park Region.
All information about the Sebaldus Way is available from
Steyr Tourist Office and the National Park Region | Reichraming Information Office
Eisenstraße 75, 4462 Reichraming
Tel +43 7252 53229 DW 40

St Sebald's Chapel is always open for prayer, and the church's arbour also remains open.

From the arbour at the back of the church, where you will also find the stamp for the Sebaldusweg, you have a beautiful view into the church and of the relic of St. Sebald, which was placed here on Whit Monday 2021.
Opening hours and times of church services can be found at

Travelling by public transport
Route planner for independent travellers
Food and drink available

In the snack station you can expect delicacies from local agriculture, such as cider, schnapps, smoked meat, etc. The homemade pastries from the volunteers at the snack station are always worth a little sin on the "holy" mountain.

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Please get in touch for more information.


Sebalduskirche - pilgrimage church at the Heiligenstein
Breitenau 1
3334 Gaflenz

Phone +43 676 87766217

Contact person
Pfarrgemeinde Gaflenz
Markt 89
3334 Gaflenz

mobile +43 676 87766217

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