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Pilgrimage Church of Maria Plain before the gates of the city of Salzburg

Baroque ensemble surrounded by green countryside in Bergheim near Salzburg

"For God so loved the world" – The words written above the cross at Calvary will come to mind when you travel up Maria Plain. Since 1674, the pilgrimage church, which was once one of the most popular Marian devotion places in the Alpine region, towers above the city of Salzburg. The view of Salzburg all the way to the Alps, the listed ensemble of church and chapel and the glorious countryside all cast their spell on pilgrims, hikers and day visitors.

From Hotel Scherer you can reach the Pilgrimage Church of Maria Plain in no time – by tour bus, car or on foot.

The Pilgrimage Church of Maria Plain from the front
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Maria Plain: founded in the 17th century

The story of Maria Plain begins in the Thirty Years' War, when the holy image of "Mary with Baby Jesus" by Rudolf von Grimming arrived on the Plainberg by Salzburg. There, it was preserved in a wooden chapel. Just one year later, the original had to be returned and was replaced by a copy for the large inflow of pilgrims.

In 1671, construction of the church began under Archbishop Max Gandolf and was completed with the dedication in 1674. The original picture was also donated to the Pilgrimage Church of Maria Trost in Bavaria, where it has been kept to this day. The yellow-white facade of the basilica with the two towers on the Plainberg shines even from far away.

Even the Mozart family enjoyed visiting the town to offer up prayers and to enjoy the beautiful view. Wolfgang Amadeus is also said to have composed his "Coronation Mass" to honour the image of Mary. This was originally performed in 1779 and is still performed on the 5th Sunday after Pentecost in Maria Plain every year.

Place of power and natural monument Maria Plain

Athletes, hikers and nature lovers are also drawn to Maria Plain, where many paths invite visitors to take a stroll. The conservation area is considered a place of power. After the climb, take a rest under the large lime tree in front of the church, which has stood there for over 100 years.

Whether you are a pilgrim or a hiker (on the Way of St. James), are having a Sunday family day out, visiting a trade fair or simply want to enjoy the grand panorama: Maria Plain in the north of Salzburg is a truly unique place which casts its spell on tourists and locals alike.

From Hotel Scherer, the jewel is practically at your feet – to spend your holiday here, send a non-binding request to the hotel at any time.