West Bend, Iowa: Grotto of the Redemption
- 300 N. Broadway Ave., West Bend, IA
- I-35 to Hwy 20, west to Hwy 169, north to Hwy B63, west to West Bend. On the north edge of town, two blocks west of Hwy 15.
- Daily guided tours May, Sep, Oct hourly 10-4, Jun-Aug hourly 10-5. Lit until 10:30 pm. (Call to verify)
- $5 adult, $2.50 child donation suggested.
- RA Rates:
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A massive, mineral-rich religious grotto, built by Father Paul Dobberstein from 1912 until his death in 1954. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [03/29/2009]
Grotto of the Redemption: Tourist attraction museums devoted to the history of tourist attractions. Agony or Ecstasy? [03/29/2009] Complete Story...
Visitor Tips and News About Grotto of the Redemption
Very nice, visited during the off season and even though there weren't many people around we were able to self tour throughout the Grotto and a little museum dedicated to it and the creators.
The area does not have much for a night life; trying to find food after 8pm within twenty miles was tough.[Valerie, 04/09/2010]
I lived in Iowa for 16 years and always have been fascinated by this elaborate shrine built of rocks, minerals and shells by a German immigrant priest during his time in this small Iowa town from 1912 until his death in 1954. I'm not specifically religious, but it's difficult not to be affected by his devotion and the scope of his vision (comprised of nine individual grottos and caves on multiple levels, it fills almost an entire city block).[Bill Pierce, 08/17/2005]
I live in West Bend, IA. The Grotto of the Redemption is in full swing of a mission "The Grotto: Gathering for the Millennium". The mission of the Grotto is to present in stone the whole story of the fall of woman and man, our Divine redemption through Christ, and Mary's presence in the redemptive process. As Father Dobberstein commented, "If your messages are carved in stone they are well nigh imperishable. This imperishableness is the outstanding feature of the Grotto."
Our purpose is to preserve that imperishability and see that the Grotto of the Redemption will continue to tell its edifying story long after the builder has laid down his towel. We strive to fulfill Father Doberstein's concept of open access to the Grotto for all who come seeking inspiration, spiritual renewal and a strengthening of their faith.[Diana Puls, 07/05/1999]