Wendelstein Church, the highest church in Germany
Wendelstein Church, the highest church in Germany
This Wendelstein Church is located at the top of the mountain
26 Feb 2022

Wendelstein Church is a landmark in the city of Wendelstein, Bavaria, Germany. This Christian building was built and constructed by the man known as the “father of Wendelstein”, Max Kleiber, an art professor originally from Munich.

Wendelstein Church on top of the Wendelstein mountains, Bavaria, Germany.
Wendelstein Church on top of the Wendelstein mountains, Bavaria, Germany.

“You are here all year and never go to church,” was the only concern of Rosa Krimbacher, the first owner of the Wendelsteinhaus, which was built between 1882 and 1883. This complaint was not ignored by Wendelstein's ardent friend, Max Kleiber. He was given land by three peasants and the foundations for the construction of the Wendelstein Church were laid on July 1, 1889.

Max Kleiber tirelessly searched and found supporters who funded the construction of the Wendelstein Church. The names of the donors are recorded in the church, near the entrance. One of the artistically designed glass windows also includes the coat of arms of the city and country where most of the donations come from – Max Kleiber also found supporters from faraway America.

This artist from Munich eventually created a neo-Gothic building. The cross on the tower, gilded with seven ducats, was donated by Munich ornate manufacturer Ludwig Beck to the court. Max Kleiber refused to give it up and carried the 39-kilogram cross alone to the top of the mountain. On August 20, 1890, the Archbishop of Munich Antonius von Thoma inaugurated the Wendelstein Church to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patrona Bavariae.

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Wendelstein Church is covered in snow.
Wendelstein Church is covered in snow.

Wendelstein Church was consecrated in 1890 according to Papal ordinances and is therefore the tallest church in Germany.

The description of Wendelstein Church as "the tallest church in Germany" is often denied because there are indeed chapels higher than this church (such as the Zugspitze Chapel which was consecrated in 1981). But in Germany, the definition of church and chapel is different. Therefore, the Wendelstein Church as "the highest church in Germany" cannot be denied because the chapel is not a church in the ecclesiastical sense and definition, but only a chapel.

Although the wedding took place in the chapel, the mass and the wedding service took place in the church.

Wendelstein Chapel

Wendelstein Church also doubles as a Chapel. St. Chapel Little Wendelin is located at the top of Wendelstein. It was built in 1718 by a farmer Bayrischzell, as a thank you for retrieving his horse lost in the fog.

Wendelstein Chapel’s interior
Wendelstein Chapel’s interior

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