maria waldrast winter
maria waldrast winter

Maria Waldrast Pilgrimage Church

One of the highest monasteries in Europe invites you to summer and winter hikes between the Wipptal and Stubaital valleys

Between the Stubaital and Wipptal valleys, at the foot of Mt. Serles, is a popular excursion destination and a true place of power: the Maria Waldrast Servite Monastery (Servitenkloster Maria Waldrast). The place got its name centuries ago because shepherds once liked to rest here. They were also the ones who found an image of Our Lady in a tree trunk in 1407 AD. Shortly afterwards, the construction of a chapel began. The present monastery dates back to the 17th century, when a spring with healing effects was also found right next to it.

The monastery, which incidentally also offers overnight accommodation, is not only known as one of the oldest Marian pilgrimage sites in Tyrol, but also as one of the highest pilgrimage sites in Europe due to its location at 1,641 m a.s.l. The church itself is decorated inside with a Gothic choir from the 15th century and works by Michael Waldmann the Younger. The picture of grace shows a carved seated Madonna handing an apple to the infant Jesus and dates from around 1420, but was later over-carved in Baroque style. The Passion panels on the nave wall date from around the same time. The monastery can be reached from the Wipptal and the Stubaital: A toll road to Maria Waldrast starts at Mützens above Matrei am Brenner, where a shuttle service also operates.

On foot, you can either follow the sledge run or the Quellenweg path through the forest from Matrei. From the Stubaital, on the other hand, a beautiful hike leads from the Koppeneck mountain station of the Serles Cable Cars to Maria Waldrast - alternatively, it takes three hours to walk past 15 rosary chapels in the valley below from Mieders to the pilgrimage site. In the cold season, you can discover the snow-covered pilgrimage monastery Maria Waldrast as a winter hike.

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Opening times

  • Wed 21 Feb 09:00 - 17:30
  • Thu 22 Feb 09:00 - 17:30
  • Fri 23 Feb 09:00 - 17:30
  • Sat 24 Feb 09:00 - 17:30
  • Sun 25 Feb 09:00 - 17:30
  • Mon 26 Feb 09:00 - 17:30
  • Tue 27 Feb 09:00 - 17:30

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Pilgrimage church - winter 2024 (08/01/2024 - 24/03/2024)

  • Mon 09:00 - 17:30
  • Tue 09:00 - 17:30
  • Wed 09:00 - 17:30
  • Thu 09:00 - 17:30
  • Fri 09:00 - 17:30
  • Sat 09:00 - 17:30
  • Sun 09:00 - 17:30

Pilgrimage church - spring 2024 (25/03/2024 - 02/06/2024)

  • Mon 09:00 - 17:30
  • Tue 09:00 - 17:30
  • Wed 09:00 - 17:30
  • Thu 09:00 - 17:30
  • Fri 09:00 - 17:30
  • Sat 09:00 - 17:30
  • Sun 09:00 - 17:30

Easter 2024 (31/03/2024) 09:00 - 17:30

Easter Monday 2024 (01/04/2024) 09:00 - 17:30

Labor Day 2024 (01/05/2024) 09:00 - 17:30

Ascension Day 2024 (09/05/2024) 09:00 - 17:30

Whit Monday 2024 (20/05/2024) 09:00 - 17:30

Corpus Christi 2024 (30/05/2024) 09:00 - 17:30

Admission

pilgrimage church freely accessible

toll road:
€ 6.00 car
€ 3.00 motorcycle
€ 8.50 minibus
€ 15.00 bus (up to 20 persons)
€ 0.60 each further person

shuttle service in winter

More information

The opening hours refer to the pilgrimage church: It stays open all year round during the day, changes of the opening hours at short notice on church holidays possible (please ask in advance).

Holy Mass in German language from Monday to Friday at 7.15 am, Saturday at 3 pm, Sunday and public holidays at 9 am and 10.30 am, from the 1st of May to September 30 additionally at 3 pm.

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