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Pilgrimage Church and Pauline Fathers' Monastery

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Address: Mariahilfberg 3, 94032 Passau, Bavaria, Germany
Phone Number:
+49 851 2356

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Quite a climb but well worth it

My husband and I visited in December. We started the day early with plenty of energy to climb the 360 stairs to Mariahilf. We walked from our hotel, across the bridge, and... read more

Reviewed 1 December 2016
Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 1 December 2016

My husband and I visited in December. We started the day early with plenty of energy to climb the 360 stairs to Mariahilf. We walked from our hotel, across the bridge, and through the Innstadt district to the beginning of the climb. The stairs were relatively easy with groupings of 10-13 stairs in a section. We had to stop several... More 

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Labrador, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Thanks to some TripAdvisors we managed to find the entry to the 'Wallfahrtsstiege '- the covered walkway Pilgrim stairs to the Mariahilf Kloster. The directions are not clear so it was good to know what to look for! There are over 300 steps up to the top, but you can take your time and look at the prayer stations, prayers... More 

1 Thank Suzanne2303
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Reviewed 7 August 2016

Visited Mariahilf church during our Danube river cruise to attend a Saturday church service at 16:30. From the Danube docks, the walk to the pilgrimage steps near Kapuzinerplatz took about 20 minutes. From Kapuzinerplatz, look for the sign ("Wahlfahrtsstiege") to the entrance. We ascended the pilgrimage steps to the church but on the return, took the Mariahilf Kloster path to... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2016

There wasn't any parking space available at the entrance of the covered steps so we drove to the parking lot on top of the hill where the main entrance of the church located. There were only very few tourists around. The design of the church interior is kind of plain and simple but at the end of the church property... More 

1 Thank slow_motion_traveler
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2015

Although a famous attraction, it takes some serious effort to ascend the steps to the top of hill where the Church and grounds are located. Once on top, the church is stunning and the view of Passau is a photo opportunity. The tunnel housing the steps is decorated with various religious pictures and articles.

1 Thank sweetberries424242
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Reviewed 21 October 2015 via mobile

One of the most memorable things you'll do in Passau is climb up the covered pilgrims' steps to the Mariahilf church overlooking the river Inn. You can read all the prayers for help left there as you climb. It's not as spectacular as other sights, but very moving and often empty of tourists.

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

There was a service underway when we arrived at the location, so we did not go inside...but enjoyed the challenging walk up the hill to this landmark. There are some lovely spots along the way to get pictures back across the Danube to St Stephen's and surrounds. Well worth the effort...the trees provided cool shelter on a warm day.

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Monticello, Utah
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Reviewed 6 July 2015 via mobile

The church is worth a visit but more unique is the covered walkway going up the steep hillside we could only enter from the top near the church. Plenty of parking in car park above the church and walk a couple hundred meters

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Newton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 June 2015

This was a side trip without much expectation but were we wrong! The Church is lovely, historic and a Baroque masterpiece. It is wide open so you are free to visit all the nooks and crannies, photograph to your heart's content and even sit through vespers if you can. When the monks filed in, the church's true purpose was exposed;... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

We have a friend that lives in Passau, this was his TOP recommendation. To get there cross the river bridge directly below the very visible pilgrimage that sits high on a hilltop then proceed up the hillside on the worn sometimes muddy pathways. It is easy to find and a fairly easy climb but not for someone with ANY difficulties,... More 

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