We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights

I try to come here at least once a year. It is amazingly beautiful. The architecture is just breath... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
New Holstein, Wisconsin

This is well worth your time to see. God has blessed us by such talent from what you see. We were... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Enid, Oklahoma
Read all 223 reviews
All photos (191)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“gift shop”(19 reviews)
“small town”(13 reviews)
“guided tour”(10 reviews)
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
Highway 15, West Bend, IA 50597
+1 800-868-3641
Improve This Listing
Reviews (223)
Filter reviews
222 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews gift shop small town guided tour awe inspiring suggested donation open hours donations are accepted incredible place nice pond picnic area well worth the trip bucket list couple of hours road trip petrified wood catholic church semi precious stones
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 222 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I try to come here at least once a year. It is amazingly beautiful. The architecture is just breath taking. There is a building with history displayed and a bathroom. There is a gift shop with various items for sale. There is a bathroom building....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank timmy2003
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is well worth your time to see. God has blessed us by such talent from what you see. We were impressed by the rose rock that was used from Oklahoma. Beautiful!!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Excursion58346828735
Reviewed October 5, 2018

Definitely worth your time. Lovely setting includes picnic tables, rest rooms & kids play area. The Grotto is incredible! The dedication & determination of the priests who constructed it is amazing. My Catholic background assisted with understanding & appreciation of the different sections, but it...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Coleen K
Reviewed August 20, 2018

Photos of the Grotto do it NO justice, as it is far more colorful and intricate than it looks. Stones, shells, and glass mosaics come in all colors and from all parts of the world and the marble statues from Italy. Multiple grottos each tell...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank djfp
Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

This place is simply amazing. It is located in a quiet small town. But this site could be another wonder of the world. The attention to detail, the amount of work (decades) to build it, the story that is told in the millions of rocks,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank stevenhT1980VU
Reviewed August 2, 2018 via mobile

Well worth the trip . a great piece of history, even if you are not into religious history. Restaurant is not here though. Not much to eat in town. So this is an hour stop at most. There is a tour but you don't need...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank 622shawnw
Reviewed July 26, 2018

We have always heard of the West Bend Grotto, but our travels had not brought us into the vicinity until lately. This is something worth seeing! One can see why they call this "A Mircle In Stone" It is open to visitors year round. Hourly,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Paul and Leann R
Reviewed July 19, 2018

I've been wanting to visit here for several years, my husband was not so excited about it as he has seen the grotto in Dickeyville, Wi and thought it would be comparable. We are both very glad we stopped. The size and detail work in...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Donna D
Reviewed July 14, 2018

I took my daughter and fourteen year old grandson. I'd been there several times and my daughter twice before. We wanted my grandson to see it. He loved too. It's free will donations. There is a museum you can see as well. You can get...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Diane T
Reviewed July 13, 2018 via mobile

The grotto has been a favorite place of mine to visit for over 30 years. We visit multiple times yearly since we live so close. It is now a favorite of all of my kids as well. It is such an amazing, incredible place that...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 765jennief
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all nearby hotels
Park View Inn & Suites
55 reviews
2.53 miles away
AmericInn by Wyndham Algona
122 reviews
14.63 miles away
Super 8 by Wyndham Algona
51 reviews
14.70 miles away
Brookstone Lodge & Suites
7 reviews
15.69 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 4 nearby restaurants
Wagon Wheel Cafe
21 reviews
2.01 miles away
The Chocolate Season
26 reviews
14.16 miles away
Addy Mae's
8 reviews
2.05 miles away
Chrome Country Inn
50 reviews
14.88 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 4 nearby attractions
Algona P.W. Camp Museum
32 reviews
14.12 miles away
Wild Rose Casino & Resort
13 reviews
16.92 miles away
The Kaleidoscope Factory
12 reviews
17.69 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
September 29, 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from 622shawnw | Reviewed this property |
Angie S
August 29, 2017|
AnswerShow all 13 answers
Response from Aimee R | Reviewed this property |
Most of it.
Jennifer Z
August 13, 2017|
AnswerShow all 12 answers
Response from Sheila W | Reviewed this property |
No, just walk in and enjoy
Travel Forum Posts
West Bend, Iowa
Theme Suites (1 Replies)
This is such a great facility near the Grotto of the Redemption. The theme suites are awesome! They are different than a regular motel room. The Safari Suite has animals painted on the walls. The kids love it! The facility is also very clean, has an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna and fitness room. The conference room is great for a family reunion. I would recommend this facility to anyone traveling in the area!
December 06, 2005|
Response fromphirl|
when I was a kid we went to Iowa several summers to see my grandmother who had married an Iowa farmer late in life. This was in '40s. They lived not far from West Bend so we visited the grotto several times. About 5 years ago we drove by the old farm and made sure we stopped by West Bend to see if grotto was still there. phil in Oreg