Ein Ausschnitt der Alöttinger Dioramenschau bei der man die alte Stadtansicht sieht.
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Diorama Show and Cinema at the Altötting Marienwerk

Not only history fans are enthused by the Diorama Show at the Altötting Marienwerk, but also families with children. Ingeniously illuminated three-dimensional spatial images, more than 5,000 figurines, some of them hand-made, building models, sculptural landscapes and paintings are merged in a total of 22 vivid units showing historic events in the pilgrimage history of Altötting. This unique Altötting work of art bears witness to the unwavering trust that people have placed on Altötting’s Mother of Mercy in the past 500 years with all their ups and downs.

Apart from the Diorama Show, the cinema at the Altötting Marienwerk also houses a historical treasure. Historical films have been shown here for decades, including the famous Altötting Marian film dating back to 1950. This film, which is considered to be the longest running documentary film ever, deals with the first Marian miracle in Altötting. Other important events in the more than 500-year old history of pilgrimages that were not included in the Marian film come to life in the uniquely expressive Dioramas.

The films are only available in German.

Ein Bild der Altöttinger Dioramenschau, die die Heilige Allianz zeigt.

A Vivid History of Pilgrimages to Altötting

A strong thunderstorm is brewing, the horses drawing the carriage break loose, a boy falls under the wheels of the carriage and suffers life-threatening injuries. This vivid portrayal makes it easy to imagine what the boy’s mother must have gone through. However, thanks to the help and intercession of the Mother of God at the Gnadenkapelle the boy is healthy again the following day. These dramatic events surrounding the second Altötting miracle gave rise to the Marian pilgrimages that have been made to Altötting throughout the centuries and thus also to the Diorama Show. Further historical events and milestones of Altötting’s pilgrimage history, such as the construction of the Stiftspfarrkiche or the Holy Alliance, are presented in a vivid and impressive way at the Diorama Show.

Ein Ausschnitt der Altöttinger Dioramenschau, die das zweite Wunder zeigt und somit die Entstehung der Wallfahrt 1489.

The Creators of the Diorama Show

The Diorama Show was created by the painter and sculptor Reinhold Zellner and his wife Dora together with the academic painter Hans List between 1957 and 1959. They modelled, painted and dressed about 350 people and animals made of clay and designed the landscape shown in the spatial pictures of the Diorama Show. Thanks to their enormous artistic skills they managed to create realistic and vivid Dioramas, which are a characteristic of the Diorama Show, thus establishing the show as an exceptional museum in Altötting.

Ein Ausschnitt der Altöttinger Dioramenschau, als die Stiftspfarrkirche gebaut wurde, dies war der Machtvoll Beginn der Wallfahrt um 1510.

Cinema at the Altötting Marienwerk

At the Altötting Marienwerk cinema two historical films about the First Marian Miracle (from 1950, in black and white) – which is one of Bavaria's 100 national treasures - and the Second Marian Miracle (from 1977, in colour) are shown on a more or less daily basis at 11 am and/or 2 pm. Both films are cinematographic rarities and were shot in an impressive way by the director Adrian Kutter, a pioneer of post-war film productions. The films screened are annually supplemented by more historical films. All films are around 40 minutes and are only available in German.

Logo 100 Heimatschätze Bayerns Altöttinger Marienfilm
Ein Bild der Altöttinger Dioramenschau, mit Maximilian I und Tilly.

Combined Sightseeing and Museum Tour

In the course of your combined sightseeing and museum tour you can also visit the Diorama Show together with a guide. In this case, you will get expert explanations to specific Dioramas and get background information on the art of Dioramas. After visiting the Diorama Show, the guide will take you to the Chapel Square to follow the traces of early pilgrimage history in Altötting.

We will be happy to arrange special tours for foreign-language groups during the opening hours of the museum.