Rudolph, Wisconsin: Rudolph Grotto and Wonder Cave

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Address:
6975 Grotto Ave., Rudolph, WI
Directions:
Northeast side of a little town. From Hwy 34 turn east onto 2nd St. N. Cross the train tracks and you'll quickly come to the Grotto parking lot on the left.
Hours:
Wonder Cave open summer daily 10-5 (Call to verify)
Phone:
715-435-3120
Admission:
Wonder Cave $2.50
RA Rates:
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Rudolph Grotto and Wonder Cave

Rudolph Grotto and Wonder Cave
Father Philip Wagner and his helper Edmund Rybicki spent 20 years piling rocks and building their version of a commercial cave inside it, filled with Catholic religious shrines. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [05/29/2016]

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Rudolph Grotto.

Rudolph Grotto Gardens and Wonder Cave

I visited this a few days ago, and the extensive grounds are truly amazing. The Grotto Garden is free, but there is a $2.50/adult charge to walk through the 1/5th mile long winding path inside the Wonder Cave. Worth an hour-long visit.

[MJB, 07/07/2014]

Wonder Cave at Rudolph Grotto.

Rudolph Grotto Gardens and Wonder Cave

Rudolph Grotto Gardens and Wonder Cave is along the lines of the Dickeyville Grotto and the Grotto of the Redemption, and definitely fits into your dementia concretia category.

In 1912, Father Wagner visited the Grotto of our Lady in Lourdes, France. He prayed that should his health be restored, he promised to build a shrine in Mary's honor. In 1927, Father Wagner began building a European-style shrine in Rudolph, WI, that included acres of gardens, bridges, paths and sculptures.

Father Wagner died in 1959, but with the help of many volunteers over the years, the last project was completed in 1983. The Wonder Cave is a little cheesy, but the rest of it is really cool, interesting and impressive.

[Mary Norvell, 08/17/2010]

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