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Pilgrimage Church of Christkindl

Originally the village started as a pilgrimage shrine where a healing miracle had occurred.

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.




Prices

Advance booking for groups required!
Duration: 10 - 15 minutes | voluntary donations

Opening hours

Opening times 2018 / 2019
24 + 25 Nov 2018 | 10 am – 3 pm
30 Nov – 23 Dec 2018 | 9 am – 5 pm
24 Dec 2018 | 10 am – 2 pm
25 Dec 2018 | 1 pm – 5 pm
26 – 30 Dec 2018 | 10 am – 5 pm
31 Dec 2018 | 10 am – 2 pm
1 Jan 2019 | 1 pm – 5 pm
2 – 6 Jan 2019 | 10 am – 5 pm

​For groups min. 20 pax, on request during the whole year | duration 10-15 minutes

Services
Sundays + holidays | 8 am + 9.30 am

Church services with music
WED 1 Nov 2018 | 9:30 am | All Saints' Day
Cantemus Christkindl Choir | Andreas Kelcher, director, Veronika Kelcher, organ | Michael Haydn: Missa brevis a tre voci

FRI 23 Nov 2018 | 9:30 am
Cecilia Sunday | Cantemus Christkindl Choir

SAT 1 Dec 2018 | 5 pm | 1st Advent Sunday
Cantemus Christkindl Choir | V. Kelcher

SAT 8 Dec 2018 | 9:30 am | Immaculate Conception
Ensemble Laetitia | Roswitha Mayr, accordion, Christina Schedlberger, Susanna Stroß, violin, Andreas Kelcher, guitar

SUN 9 Dec 2018 | 9.30 am | 2nd Advent Sunday
String Ensemble Christina Schedlberger, Veronika Kelcher, organ | Joseph Haydn and Johann Baptist Vanhal

SUN 16 Dec 2018 | 9:30 am | 3rd Advent Sunday
Vocal Duo Kelcher, Berthold Himelbauer, organ | Johann Ernst Eberlin: Messa di San Giuseppe

SUN 23 Dec 2018 | 9:30 am | 4th Advent Sunday
Cantemus Christkindl Choir | A. Kelcher, direction, V. Kelcher, organ | Hermann Kronsteiner: Silent Night Mass

MON 24 Dec 2018 | Midnight | Holy Night
Ensemble Laetitia | Christina Schedlberger, Susanna Stroß, violin, A. Kelcher, guitar | songs celebrating the holy Night

TUE 25 Dec 2018 | 9.30 am | Christmas Day
Cantemus Christkindl Choir, Instrumental ensemble of the parish, V. Kelcher, organ | Joseph Kronsteiner: Christkindl Mass

MON 31 Dec 2018 | 9:30 am
Thanksgiving Mass | Bugle players of the MV Christkindl

TUE 1 Jan 2019 | 4 pm + 5 pm
New Year's Concert | Vocal ensemble Laetitia

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