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Wallberg Mountain Chapel (Kapelle Heilig Kreuz)

Only a few steps away from the mountain station of the Wallberg Cable Car, the landmark of the Wallberg, the Wallberg chapel (Wallberg-Kircherl), towers over the Tegernsee.

History of the Wallberg chapel

The idea of building a church on the Wallberg was discussed as early as the 1880s. In 1902 the cooperator Joseph Stadler, the innkeeper Lorenz Bachmair and Joseph Höß made the decision to build a small church on the Wallberg, based on the Wendelstein church. A year later they founded the association “Wallbergkirchlein”.

The association grew quickly, collecting money for the construction project. Eventually they received the permission of the Archbishop of Munich, Franz Joseph von Stein, and commissioned the architect Hans Schurr to draw up a plan for the building. The foundation stone was laid on August 11, 1907 and two years later the Benedictine Order took place.

Since September 14, 1935, the little church has officially been a subsidiary church of the local parish and is still supported today by parishioners and donors.

A service is held every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. during the summer months (June up to and including the 3rd Sunday in October). Unfortunately, it is not possible to hold weddings or baptisms at the Wallberg Chapel.

The Wallberg chapel in winter

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Stunning winter views from the Wallberg Chapel

In winter, the “Kirchl” on the Wallberg mountain is a particularly beautiful day out for the whole family. You’re likely to run into many toboggan fans up here during the winter – the longest sledding run in Germany begins just below the chapel.

Directions & Parking

Via Wallberg Cable Car (Ropeway)

The Wallbergbahn takes you to the Wallberg mountain station in just over 10 minutes. From here the chapel is already in plain sight. A path (suitable for buggys/strollers) brings you in just 5 minutes via the Wallberg Plateau and past a paraglider launch site to the chapel.

Hike to the Wallberg Chapel

An easy to moderately difficult hike to the Wallberg platteua and Wallberg-Kirchl starts at the valley station of the Wallbergbahn and is signposted as the “Winterweg”. Hikers can easily manage the approximately 800 meters elevation in 3 to 3.5 hours.

Motorists have the option to save themselves the first 300 meters elevation: take the Wallberg panorama road to the car park at the Wallbergmoosalm. From here, a hiking trail leads to the left past the Alm in 1 – 1.5 hours to the Wallberg chapel.

Refreshments are available at the mountain station – the Panorama Restaurant serves everything from drinks, snacks and cakes to hearty lunches and dinners.

Other mountain chapels nearby

There is also a beautiful mountain chapel on the nearby Riederstein, which is worth a visit at any time of the year.