Salvenkirchlein on the summit of the Hohe Salve
The highest lying pilgrimage church in Austria
Standing on the summit of the Hohe Salve is the Chapel of St John. Salvenkirchlein, as the chapel is also called, is regarded as the highest pilgrimage church in Austria. It is dedicated to St John the Baptist. The early Baroque altar with the figure of St Bartholomew and St John, and an altar piece featuring the baptism of Jesus are from the year 1666. Explore this little church which is steeped in history at 1,829 metres. Salvenkirchlein can be reached on foot via the lovely hiking paths on the Hohe Salve and also via the Hohe Salve cable car from Hopfgarten.
Prayers in Salvenkirchlein
check24.06.2020 - St John festival
check26.07.2020 - St Anna’s Day Mass on the summit with an early morning pint
The history of the pilgrimage church on the Hohe Salve
Salvenkirchlein was first mentioned in written documents dating from 1589. A Chiemsee register of births, deaths and marriages, talks of ‘Salvenberg – a St. John church’. The valleys around the Hohe Salve were settled from a very early date. The original pagan inhabitants of these valleys even celebrated their Sun festivals on the Salvenhöhe, which was blessed with lovely natural surroundings. At the end of the 19th century a bronze object relating to this was found on the Hohe Salve. However this find was declared as missing. At the time of Christianity the church on the Hohe Salve was dedicated to the saint of the solstice, St. John the Baptist.
Thanks to the accessibility of the summit many visitors soon came from all parts to see the pilgrimage church on the Hohe Salve. The first holy mass was read in 1617 by Pastor Ambros Strasser.
In 1640 the Salvenkirchlein was completely destroyed by a lightening strike and then completely re-built by 1643. However the chapel on the summit of the Hohe Salve was not spared further lightening strikes in other years. Hence the decision to install a lightening conductor on Salvenkirchlein in 1784. However in 1807 the pilgrimage church was destroyed again. Severely damaged by other weather events and having fallen into further disrepair, Salvenkirchlein was redeveloped between 1970-1972 and 1999. More fundamental refurbishment work was carried out on the chapel in 2017. The shingles and the roof were renewed.
24th June is the patronal feast of the Hohe Salve pilgrimage church. Other key celebratory days include St Anna Day on 26th July and Bartholomew's Day on 24th August.
Good to know
checkParking areas: Direct at the valley station for Bergbahn Hohe Salve in Hopfgarten
checkWC: in the neighbouring summit restaurant
checkSnack stop: Direct on the summit of the Hohe Salve
checkSuitable for prams: Yes. Prams can be transported in the gondola and the path is suitable for prams too
checkPrayers: Times for prayers will also be shown in the event calendar
You need to leave this amount of time to get from your holiday destination to the excursion destination
|From your start town ...||... To your destination||Journey time|
|Hopfgarten||0.5 km||ca. 2 minutes|
|Itter||3.8 km||ca. 7 minutes|
|Kelchsau||8.0 km||ca. 10 minutes|
|Wörgl||10.5 km||ca. 15 minutes|
|Angath||11.5 km||ca. 15 minutes|
|Angerberg||15.00 km||ca. 20 minutes|
|Mariastein||16.00 km||ca. 20 minutes|
|Kirchbichl||14.00 km||ca. 15 minutes|
Journey distances and arrival times for this route are calculated for travel by car to Bergbahn Hohe Salve valley station, Hopfgarten. Excl. gondola ascent.