The baroque Schnappenkircherl has been located below the Hochgern summit at an altitude of 1100 meters since it was built between 1637 and 1640. The Schnappenberg can be reached on foot or by mountain bike from Staudach-Egerndach (hiking car park) or from Marquartstein in 1 - 1.5 hours, depending on speed. From the church with its typical, baroque onion dome, you can enjoy a wide view over the Chiemgau mountains to the Bavarian Sea, the Chiemsee .
The Traunstein master builder Wolfgang König planned the construction of the church on behalf of the Herrenchiemsee provost. He also built the pilgrimage church in Maria Eck.
Legends of the Schnappenkirche
It is said that Marquart von Hohenstein , the Chiemgau count, was murdered here at the Schnappenkirche in 1096. Another legend tells of a deer that fled into the chapel to protect itself from a storm. In his haste to seek shelter, he locked himself in the chapel. Since he had nothing to eat there, he began to eat the rope hanging from the bell. The bell rang and a hunter came to free the deer. The animal would then often return to the Schnappenkirche to say thank you for the rescue.
A service is held in the Schnappenkirche every year on July 25th.