Holy Hill
6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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This shrine sits atop a 1,350 foot tall hill, offering panoramic views of the surrounding area.
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Peregrinus
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
The location and exterior of the basilica are beautiful. But the guesthouse was a nightmare. I stayed in May 2018. When I arrived, the key to my room in the new building was so bent it couldn’t open the door to the *building*, let alone the door to my room. Unfortunately, they had only a young volunteer working there who had no idea what to do, and all the other rooms in that building were taken. Another guest was having trouble with her room, and again, the poor volunteer had no answers. I could not believe they left a teenager alone on staff. She finally gave me a room in the Old Monastery building, and boy. Dead bugs everywhere—inside, outside. The place was sweltering hot, dust everywhere, and general disrepair throughout the building. It felt like an abandoned, condemned house or an abandoned park restroom. I have been on retreats at many monasteries and don’t expect fancy amenities at all. But this was truly abysmal and unprofessional.
Written October 27, 2020
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russianwulfgar
Milwaukee, WI1,582 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
I was not prepared for the contradiction - beautiful scenery and sewer smell! Good thing I was wearing a mask (everyone was because of Covid) but I had to breathe through my mouth the entire time I was in the church. The smell of raw sewage was overpowering. I thought it must just be a recent problem they were having, but my friends said they were here a couple of years ago and it stank just as badly. If you can get past the stench, the place is beautiful. Stay outside and hike the trails, laugh at the faucets of holy water and the skewed scale of the statuary and marvel at the gorgeous kettle moraine landscape. And I hope the people whose dog my friend saved from being run over in the parking lot will remember to close their van doors at the next place they go. And if it wasn't their dog my friend put in their van, then I guess they got quite a surprise when they left!
Written October 19, 2020
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SSI Traveler
Saint Simons Island, GA278 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
I never knew it was there until I say it from the Erin Hills GC. It was like a beacon calling us to visit!

The thought kept running through my mind, why here?

Once there, it became abundantly clear. From atop the tower the view of the Wisconsin landscape unfolded. It was beautiful.

Just so happens that mass was being said while we were there. We went to the Saturday service and we’re equally inspired.
Written August 14, 2022
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johnsonevv
Lawrence, KS113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Peaceful grounds, beautiful church and chapel; well stocked store with a priest available to bless items. Went to daily Mass in the St. Therese Chapel and the beauty bring you closer to good. The Basilica is beautiful and the stained glass windows are spectacular. Lunch at the Cafe was tasty and filling. This is a must see for those who appreciate beautiful churches. Elevators make it easy to get up to the church and chapel levels.
Written July 20, 2023
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TinaRae
Jacksonville, FL131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
My husbands family lives in Pewaukee. It took me 49 yrs of marriage to Mike to visit Holy Hill. You can climb 178 steps to the top of the tower for a scenic view (I didn’t climb the steps) A beautiful country drive from Milwaukee. Enjoy your lunch at the little cafe before going into the chapel. A must see while visiting in Milwaukee
Written July 22, 2022
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Sylvia I
Mishawaka, IN3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
This is a must do! Went in October turning of the leaves. Views are spectacular especially from the Scenic Tower! There are 178 steps up but it’s so worth it! Closes for the winter so make sure to check website for openings/closures. One of my best experiences!
Written October 24, 2023
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BudNLily
Owensboro, KY905 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
We came for Mass and to tour the basilica.

We got there early and they said a rosary and did the Stations of the Cross before Mass. The Mass was said in the St. Therese chapel the day we were there.

The grounds are peaceful and serene. There is a basilica and chapel. We viewed a replica of the Shroud of Turin.

It’s definitely worth a visit.
Written April 9, 2022
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Eveelynn
Wisconsin253 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I have been to Holy Hill many times in my life. It's a beautiful place, especially in the fall and at Christmas. But one visit stands out as not so nice. I was visiting with my daughters. An elderly woman tripped on a step, fell and broke her leg! She was in great pain and her family was very upset. I'm a Registered Nurse so I immediately ran over to see what I could do, my daughters in the mean time sat on a nearby bench waiting politely, (they're in their teens and twenties). The woman's family called for an ambulance. The woman asked where I worked and when I told her she said she had been at my hospital before and she asked that I stay with her until the ambulance arrives, which I would have done anyway. As we were waiting and she was holding my hand for comfort, one of the "priests" walked over and informed me that my sitting with the patient was "attracting a crowd" and he asked me to LEAVE! I informed him that I am a medical professional and it's my duty to stay with the patient until help arrives. He didn't like this answer but disdainly ALLOWED me to stay with the woman. I was never so angry. How dare he? He didn't state he had any medical backround, only that he didn't like the attention we were attracting. (What, attracting attention away from the store and restaurant?) He turned and left in a huff. I'm quite sure he was sent as a messenger from someone higher up. They should have worried about the poor injured woman more than any attention we were attracting.

Holy Hill is a beautiful place and a Holy place, but some of the priests? Not so much.
Written August 5, 2008
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Irishmomma
Lake Zurich, IL25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We decided to stay in the Old Monastery rooms (slightly newer section was booked) and was shocked at the dust-covered and spartan rooms here. I have done many retreats at various places and understand that simplicity is normal. However, dead flies in every window and sill, rat poison in stair well cubbies, rotting wooden stairs, and lack of smoke detectors, security measures, and general lack of presence of anyone actually working there was appalling. The whole place needs a major renovation and updating to be in code. We left at midnight to find a nearby hotel as staying here was too disturbing. This place is living on its laurels.
Written March 10, 2013
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zoominia
Davenport, IA27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We went Jan 22 2010 and it is quite a experience. A number of people of all nationalities and ages in a very respectful mode I can only describe as they went there on a pilgrimage.

We went because a friend heard that people have been healed there - I looked and couldn't find anything about that on the internet. But when we were there we saw a number of crutches by the Blessed Virgin Mary chapel. Someone who works in the store says that nothing they have a bunch of things like that in storage because they have too many to display.

It sits on a huge hill and is pretty spectacular as you drive up to it on WI 167. Once there you go in the building and see the biggest religious supply store I’ve ever seen and they have a basket inside with holy water I think from the spring – more on that later. You might want some if you want some part of your body to be healed at least I get that idea. There’s a elevator upstairs and the 2nd floor chapel is used to say mass instead of the main church upstairs. I heard because they keep the 3rd floor main church pretty cold in the winter. The 3rd floor main church is spectacular – almost all marble, nice stained glass windows, and very colorful mural over the altar.

On the front right is a chapel to the Blessed Virgin and some people say this is where people have been healed and that’s where you will see all the crutches In here there is paper and a basket to write your intentions and big candles you can light on the side for them.

If you follow the parking around the front entrance your will see a little rock wall? With a Blessed Virgin Mary statue. There is a spring here, frozen in winter, where some people say this place and the spring are what have healed people.

We will go back on another “pilgrimage” and just because it is really a spectacular sight.
Written January 24, 2010
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