A little church steeped in legend on the "Lantsch wall"

    At the foot of one of Eastern Styria’s highest mountains, the Hochlantsch, you will find Schüsserlbrunn pilgrimage church at around 1,363 m. The church’s name comes from an allegedly healing spring that lies just a few metres behind the chapel. A vertical rock face meets the floor with an approximately one metre wide gap here, through which water drips at irregular intervals from the ceiling and collects in a little "Felsen-Schüsserl" (rock bowl).

    According to legend, a cow that fell on the slopes of the Hochlantsch was found unharmed here alongside an image of the Virgin Mary next to the water trickling out of the rocks. The story spread quickly and soon people were flocking to this spot in the woods. Another legend says that a Hungarian countess dreamt about the spring and its healing properties and immediately embarked on the journey there with her blind son. When they arrived at the spring, the countess wet her son’s eyes with its water, which is said to have brought his eye sight back. The countess is meant to have donated the chapel out of gratitude.

    A wooden church defies all conditions

    The chapel had to be rebuilt in 1882 and in 1915 the wooden church was upgraded to celebrate mass. In 1951 the church was badly damaged by rock falls and in 1974 it came under renewed threat of damage. The dangerous position of the chapel inspired the "Save Schüsserlbrunn" initiative, which saw it being moved ten metres onto a new foundation. The blessing of the church on its new site followed in 1982 and was celebrated with its 100 year anniversary. Nowadays you can attend mass in the chapel several times a year. The church is a popular destination for pilgrims to walk to. In close proximity to the church you will find Gasthof Steirischer Jockl, a popular place to stop and eat with an incredible view.


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