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West Bend - The Grotto of the Redemption

300 North Broadway

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Grotto of the Redemption 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 redemption process.  As Father Dobberstein commented, "If your messages are carved in stone they are well nigh imperishable."  This 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 trowel. We strive to fulfill Father Dobberstein's concept of open access to the Grotto for all who come seeking inspiration, spiritual renewal and a strengthening of their faith.


Tara Steenhard

Monday, March 5, 2018
The Grotto of The Redemption in West Bend Iowa is worth your time and travels to visit year round! πŸ“·πŸ’œ Camping in the summer to ice skating in the winter... See it on a sunny day, a rainy day, a snow cover day and at night when The Grotto comes to life in LIGHTS! You will be moved spiritually visiting the Christmas Church on the grounds. Take the time walk around the church and appreciate respectively it's beauty and art. πŸ™πŸ‘ͺπŸ‘£πŸ‘πŸŒΉπŸŒžπŸŒœβ˜”β„πŸŒˆβ›ͺπŸ“·

laura taube

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
The Grotto of the Redemption is absolutely fascinating!!!! The history of the Grotto is an incredible story and the thought it took to hand place each and every stone. Even to a person that isn't religious (like myself) it is well worth the drive! In fact, I am planning on going back very soon. Please go and view the masterpiece.

Kathryn Tuggle

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017
NOTE: You can visit at any time of day. There is no fence or gate or admission charge. But check the hours on the gift shop if you want a souvenir, as it closes early. Overall, it was a very cool place, especially to be in such a small town in Iowa. If you’re a fan of religious grottos or gemstones/rocks this place will not disappoint. Tons of geodes, elaborate shells, and crystal formations have all been installed in the grotto and the effect is quite dazzling. You can walk through in 10 minutes if you’re in a hurry or stroll slowly and stop at the gift shop for an hour-long visit.

Adam Taylor

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
Great place to stop. If you happen to drive by it is a must stop. I've never seen anything like it. There is a great little gift shop too. Would highly recommend stopping.

Hannibal Waters

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017
Absolutely stunning rocks and crystals. Perfect place for an aspiring geologist, a person of religious beliefs, or a person seeking redemption. The story it follows is impressive also. There's a little gift shop that has everything from trinkets, to crystals. From mugs to statues. If you're an avian enthusiast, there's something for you as well. In the front lawn there's a pond with a couple ducks and a swan.

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