Highlights in the Paznaun region

Culture and sightseeing in See

Apart from outstanding ski runs and hiking trails, the charming village of See in Tyrol has plenty more to offer! And we don’t mean the legendary après-ski parties or great opportunities for swimming … After all, See also offers quite a few cultural highlights that you shouldn’t miss. For instance, we recommend visiting the region’s charming chapels or paying a visit to St. Sebastian’s Church. The holiday resort of See is a place of great cultural diversity!

Charming and idyllic

The chapels of See

Chapels have a long tradition in the “holy land” of Tyrol. The region is dotted with more than 2,300 of the beautiful sacred buildings, with three particularly charming ones located in See in Tyrol.

  • Lourdes Chapel: The old Lourdes Chapel is a magnificent wooden chapel in a small forest at the edges of See. Commissioned by Martin Kimmersdorfer, the chapel was built in 1887 and expanded with two small side chapels in 1898. Following a rockfall in 1992, the original chapel had to give way to a protective barrier, with the new Lourdes Chapel being integrated into the dam.

    Did you know? Weather permitting, there is an annual procession to Lourdes Chapel on Ascension Day. Don’t miss it if you’re visiting at this time of year!
  • Oberhaus Chapel: Oberhaus, one of See’s smallest hamlets, is home to one of the region’s most beautiful chapels. Inside the charming chapel you can find a 250-year-old statue of the Virgin Mary made by local sculptor Johann Ladner who also did the three life-size wooden figures at Kappl’s Kerker Chapel. By the way: The chapel is private property and closed most of the time. Simply contact the service team of See if you would like to visit the chapel!
  • Habigen Chapel: The chapel in Habigen is another landmark you shouldn’t miss. Built in 1982, it is home to a splendid picture of the Virgin Mary, donated by famous local painter Mathias Schmid. The chapel is consecrated to the Virgin Mary and St. John Nepomuk and features a small altar after a drawing by Innsbruck’s chaplain Friedrich Maurer.

Why not combine a visit to the chapels of See with a beautiful hike? No matter if you’re visiting in summer or winter, there are lots of marvellous hiking trails leading to the chapels of the Paznaun region!

History and art historical details

St. Sebastian’s Church in See

What would a charming village be without a beautiful church? No matter if you’re religious or not, St. Sebastian’s Church in See is definitely worth a visit! Although a chapel was already mentioned in official documents in the same location in 1445, today’s church was built in the middle of the 18th century and reconstructed several times throughout the following decades. The church features a series of unique frescoes done by Johann Josef Wörle from Imst as well as a beautiful high altar and two side altars. If you take a closer look, you can spot numerous figures by sculptor Franz Xaver Renn on the altars. Another highlight of the church is the life-size statue of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ done by Josef Georg back in 1760 in the middle section of the left side altar.

Trivia for culture lovers

St. Sebastian is mostly depicted tied to a tree and pierced through with arrows. He was a soldier and later captain of Roman emperor Diocletian, who sentenced him to death when his Christian faith was discovered. Left for dead at the execution place, Sebastian survived and was nursed back to health. When he returned to the emperor’s premises to avow his faith once again, he was beaten to death with cudgels in the Circus Maximus. He is the patron saint against the Black Death and plagues and the protector of wells.

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