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Grotto of the Redemption & Campground

300 N. Broadway, West Bend, Iowa 50597 USA

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“believed to be the largest grotto in the world”

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.  The Grotto is frequently considered the “Eighth Wonder of the World” and The Iowan magazine has described the Grotto as a “Miracle in Stone.” The location was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 2001 and has been included in such features as Disney’s The Straight Story. A composite of nine seperate grottos, each portrays a scene in the life of Christ. The largest man-made Grotto in the world, the Grotto contains the largest collection of precious stones and gems found anywhere in one location! The Grotto Campgrounds has 53 sites available for campers and tents.  Electrical hookups (30 amp), firewood, showers, and a central water & sewer dump station are available.  Rates - $15.00 per night for campers and $10.00 per night for tents.  Reservations are preferred.  Upon arrival, register at the Grotto Office/Gift Shop.  If you arrive after hours, you may register after 9:00am the following morning. 

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Megan Bannister

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August 05, 2014
Rated 4.0

Even if you're not particularly religious, the Grotto of the Redemption is absolutely worth a visit! If you visit between Memorial Day and Labor Day, be sure to grab an ice cream cone at the Grotto's cafe.

Fun fact: It's estimated that over $4.3 million of stones and precious gems were used to construct the Grotto.

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June 09, 2014

GO! This grotto is amazing and the picture here, doesn't do it justice. The amount of shells and gems is incredible and so beautifully crafted. We stopped for about an hour wandering the different caves. It was probably our favorite stop on our roadtrip.

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Greg Newkirk

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September 24, 2014
Rated 4.0

Weird place, but man, it's beautiful. You don't have to be religious to see the beauty in it, so it's definitely worth visiting if you're in the area.

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Austin Coop

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September 24, 2014
Rated 5.0

Bizarre, wonderful, and well worth stopping. Learn about the life of Christ through each crazily detailed grotto, 9 in all. Even if you're not religious, you'll still enjoy the craftsmanship.

1 person found this review helpful

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Chini Tiongco

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August 14, 2014
Rated 5.0

This place is beautiful and very sacred. There's so many gem stones anywhere. It's amazing because it's depicting the life of Jesus Christ. The tour was fantastic as well as the tour guide. It's a must-visit

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August 06, 2014

I was hesitant to visit the grotto when it was suggested to me but once I got there I could not stop gasping. It is so beautiful and the story of it's creation is inspiring to anyone, religious or not. I would visit again just to see it sparkle in the sun.

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November 26, 2017
Rated 5.0

We really liked it! It's a nice stop and it's free! It's so much more impressive and larger in person than pictures show. We brought our 3 young children along and they even enjoyed looking and walking around the Grotto. Amazing what 42 years by dedicated man can do :)

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June 25, 2016
Rated 5.0

Worth the effort to find. Very unique, allow 30-45 minutes.

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March 20, 2016
Rated 5.0

This place really is amazing! The detail is beautiful and left us awestruck. My 4 boys ages 1-11 and mother in law loved it. We came during spring break so there were no tours but we still had a great time walking around. There is even a playground right in front.

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September 14, 2014
Rated 2.0

I was excited to visit the grotto. I enjoy religious and artistic beauty. But this thing was just weird. There were a few moments when I could see what they were probably going for, but all in all it was just bizarre. Too bad. :-(

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Grotto of the Redemption & Campground

300 N. Broadway
West Bend, Iowa
50597 USA


Open now until 6:00 pm
  • Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

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