Holy Hill

Holy Hill, Hubertus

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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 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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Jamie M
Burlington, WI218 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
So, it is a spiritual experience. But I'm a little concerned about the fact that you come down the same way you go up. It was a 45 minute wait to get to the top and I felt like I was waiting in line at Great America for a 15 second exhilarating experience that can take your breath away. Yes, it was pretty at the top. Did not get to see the Chapel part since there was a wedding. If you're going to go do yourself a favor and try to get there as early as possible.
Written October 23, 2021
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Las Cruces, NM43 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
This was the first stop of our Wisconsin Pilgrimage where we visited the Chapel of St Therese where confessions were available, climbed the 178 steps to the top of the tower for a scenic view, attended 11am Mass in the beautiful Basilica, spent time praying on the Shrine Chapel… and more. We spent about 3 hours here and didn’t see everything. A beautiful country drive from Milwaukee.
Written September 3, 2021
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Brookfield, WI33 contributions
Jun 2020
The view of Holy Hill is impressive from any direction, but by far the best is to take Wis. Hway 83 north from I-94 or Hway 16 and after a few miles the view of Holy Hill will be on your right, to the east. Best time of year is fall when the color change of the maple trees in the area will challenge anything New England has to offer. Watch for signs telling you when to turn to the east and then again look for the signs directing you to the church parking lot. The church itself has two inspiring bell towers, one of which can be climbed (lots of stairs and glassless windows) if you have good stamina and are not bothered by heights. These towers are not always available to the public, so check ahead of time if a climb is your main mission. The church itself will call to mind some of the minor cathedrals in Europe - beautiful architecture with impressive gothic arches and old fashioned, stained glass windows. If you look carefully you will find areas displaying a variety of crutches and other medical devices donated by people who have had miraculous cures after visiting the church. There is a large gift shop on a lower level. There are also several areas for picnics on the surrounding grounds. This is not in any way an amusement park. It's strictly a place of worship which is open to respectful visitors whi wish to see the grandeur of an Old World cathedral in the middle of lush Wisconsin farm land.
Written July 7, 2020
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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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Milwaukee, WI1,480 contributions
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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Owensboro, KY918 contributions
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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Wisconsin253 contributions
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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Lake Zurich, IL25 contributions
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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Gurnee, IL38 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
We have been planning to come to Holy Hill every year but couldn't find the time. Today we finally had the time to drive there from Gurnee IL. Took us about 1.5 hours. The weather was nice and sunny compared to yesterday's which was very windy and cloudy. According to Wisconsin fall report, the fall colors are supposed to be 90% this weekend, so that got us excited to go there today. However when we arrived there, not a single tree has red, yellow or orange colors as expected. Looks like we missed the colors entirely because of the rain and strong wind the previous day. The walk up the stairs (176 steps) was painstakingly slow because of the crowd. Seems like waiting in line for a new Disney ride. The stairs are very narrow and people going up had to stop moving to give way for people walking down. The place itself is very nice and scenic. If you want serenity, just go on a weekday to avoid crowds.
Written October 21, 2018
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Appleton, WI1,424 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
I wish I could recommend visiting on a weekend in the fall, but that is not the case, if you want a peaceful holy experience that is. Yesterday was our first visit to Holy Hill and we were looking forward to a beautiful experience, to see fall colors as well as learn about the Shrine and have a prayerful holy visit and attend mass. However, as we drove into the parking lot, we quickly realized that was not going to be the case. It was extremely busy, including people that brought their dogs and didn't pick up after them. There was nothing peaceful about the experience! During Mass, there were people walking around inside the Basilica taking pictures and having no respect that there was a Mass in progress. The lack of respect for such a holy place was very disheartening. My suggestion is if you only want to enjoy the outdoors and see beautiful fall colors go to Kettle Moraine State Park, which is close by. If you want both, the natural beauty and the spiritual, please go to Holy Hill. I look forward to going back, just not on a weekend during peak fall colors.
Written October 14, 2018
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