St. Martin in Gnadenwald

Powerful place in the Hall-Wattens region

History of origins of St. Martin

It is said that already in the 11th century, a hunting lodge with a chapel in honour of St. Martin have stood on the site of the present monastery. The building was first mentioned in a document dating from 1337. At about that time a hermitage was founded here, which was inhabited by two hermits.

In the 15th century an Augustinian monastery was established and inhabited by local sisters. Unfortunately a fire broke out in 1520 and the building was partially destroyed. However, all the 30 nuns found refuge in the St. Salvator chaplaincy in Hall and remained there until 1566.

The time during the Peasants’ Wars and the Reformation in the 16th century was a period of unrest. Thus the ruins of St. Martin, whose Gothic windows and buttresses still bear witness to the old building, stood abandoned in the forest for over 100 years. It was only the pastor Christof Wenig from Hall who began to rebuild the ruins and founded a small monastery for like-minded people.

In 1826 the church was renovated and a new high altar with an altarpiece was erected in 1836, presumably the work of the Tyrolean artist Arnold Schöpf. However, the frescoes which depict scenes from the life of Saint Martin were already made by the Tyrolean artist Michael Ignaz Mildorfer in the 18th century. By the way, the monastery is also famous for its Christmas crib which figures are over 80 cm high and date from the 19th century.

In 1935 the religious order of the Tertiary Sisters moved from Hall to Gnadenwald where they run a boarding house for pilgrims. Unfortunately, the room letting was given up in 2019 and the Tertiary Sisters left the convent.

Powerful place St. Martin at a glance

Hiking around St. Martin in Gnadenwald

Stone labyrinth, path of contemplation, tree trail, Way of St. James

St. Martin is an amazing place with a special aura, it's the right place to recharge your batteries. Feel this powerful energy and get inspired by the unique nature! Admire the classic or cretan labyrinth below the monastery or explore the surroundings on foot, there are so many possibilities to choose from!

Follow the tree trail and enjoy the beauty of native trees and shrubs along the walk. The trail starts above the monastery and leads you to Sankt Michael, where it ends.

On the path of contemplation, which runs in a westerly direction to the Walderbrücke, you can meditate on the Beatitudes of Jesus. This path of reflection is also part of the Tyrolean Way of St. James, the ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. A little further away from St. Martin's, but definitely worth mentioning, is the pilgrimage site of Maria Larch, which is famous for its magnificent fountain. It is said that the water of the nearby fountain has a healing effect.

Looking for a little rest? We have the right places for you. The Alpenhotel Speckbacher Hof is right next to the monastery whereas the Martinsstuben is located a little further east. Both offer excellent food in a relaxing surrounding.

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Ascent61 mDistance2,2 kmHighest point920 mDuration0:35 h


Discover St. Martin in Gnadenwald with our activity programme

Discover the area around St. Martin in Gnadenwald with our activity programme. Guided walking tours, nature watch tours or snowshoe hikes are a great way to explore the flora and fauna of the impressive landscape in the Hall-Wattens region.

Weekly summer programme 2020
Every Friday at 09.00 a.m.: Guided hike in Gnadenwald - Pasture time in the Karwendel
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Winter in St. Martin in Gnadenwald

Winter sports enthusiasts get their money's worth in the area around Gnadenwald. Experience the large variety of sport activities: cross-country skiing, tobogganing, snowshoeing or winter hiking in unspoiled nature.

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