Painted Churches

The Painted Churches are located in the communities of Dubina, High Hill, Praha, and Ammannsville.  They appear unassuming as you approach them, but as you enter the front doors prepare  to have your breath taken away by the incredible beauty found inside.

To book a Tour of the Painted Churches or for more information, please call (979)743-4514. The churches are all active and do conduct services on Saturdays and Sundays. You may tour the churches Monday-Saturday 9:00-4:00pm, but please be respectful of any events or services that you may encounter.  In addition, the church at Praha requests that all visitors be out of the church by 3:00 on Saturdays.  

Please check the Calendar for dates that tours may not be available.

General Information

Tour of the PAINTED CHURCHES

 

  1. RESERVATIONS / TOUR FEE: Select your date well in advance and call us to book your visit. A deposit of $50.00 is required and must be received 2 weeks prior to the scheduled date in order to guarantee that date for your tour.   The tour itself is $10.00 per person.   The deposit will be subtracted from your total.  No tours will be conducted unless the balance is paid in full on or before arrival. Your tour fee covers the basic cost for Chamber operation of tours, and a portion of the fees are given back to each of the four churches for their restoration and upkeep

  2. TOUR GUIDE:  A local tour guide will meet you at the Greater Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce Visitors’ Center at your scheduled tour time. He or she will then “step on” your vehicle and accompany you throughout.   During the tour, your guide will point out unusual, interesting, and historical sites of the area as you travel through the countryside.  Tour guides are volunteers and are not compensated by the Chamber.  The customary gratuity given to the guide is a minimum, $40.00 for groups of up to 15 people.  For larger groups or photography groups, we now suggest a minimum gratuity of $50.00 because of the amount of time involved.  Feel free to give more, as it would be greatly appreciated.  If you request a particular guide, we will do our best to honor that request. Please understand, however, that it isn't always possible to receive the guide that you have requested.

  3. TOURS START: All tours will begin at the Greater Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce Visitors’ Center.  Please call the Schulenburg Chamber (866-504-5294) to discuss when you would like to start your tour (we suggest choosing a time between 9:15 AM and 11:00 AM).   Each tour generally lasts 3 - 4 hours, depending on the size of the group and lunch reservations.

  4. LUNCH:  Tours generally make a stop for lunch between churches.  A list of local restaurants is provided  on our website under “Dining”.  Feel free to call us for assistance in making a reservation.

  5. TRANSPORTATION:  You will provide the transportation and allow a seat for your tour guide. Buses, vans, RVs, motorcycles, cars, and caravans are acceptable.

  6. CANCELLATIONS:  If you need to cancel, we will permit you to reschedule and transfer your deposit to another day (up to one year from original scheduled date).  The cancellation must be made one week prior to the scheduled tour in order to reschedule.   The tour deposit is non- refundable

  7. MISCELLANEOUS: Please stay with your guide at all times. Restrooms are available at most of the churches and there are plenty of restrooms at the Visitor Center.  Each church that you will visit is an active church, so please be courteous of those who may be coming in to worship and please show respect by not going onto the altar or up the stairs and by refraining from ringing bells or touching the sculptures and paintings.  If a church is conducting a service, we will bypass the church.  If time permits, your guide may show you another historical church or come back to see that church last.

 

  VAN TOUR

The Chamber will be offering Van Tours of the Painted Churches for groups of 5 people and less during the Fall.  The tour begins at 10:00 am from the Chamber office located at 618 North Main Street.  You will join others on our van with our tour guide as the driver.  The tour cost is $25 per person, which includes the tour fee (of which we do give money back to each church), the transportation, and the gratuity for the guide/driver.  Payment is required in advance at the time of booking the tour.  The group does stop for lunch at noon at Oakridge Smokehouse.  The restaurant offers a buffet for $10.95 per person with this tour.  These Van Tours are offered on Mondays and Thursdays on the following dates:

    October 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31

    November 4, 7, 14

 

 

Thank You for Touring the Painted Churches

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I arrange a tour of the Painted Churches?

    When you have a date in mind for a tour, call the Chamber office at least 2 weeks in advance to see if the date is available. The staff will help you with all the details. Please do not send in a reservation form and deposit without talking with the Chamber staff first.
  2. Why do I have to pay a $50.00 deposit?

    The deposit guarantees your reservation with the Chamber and it assures that you will show up for your tour. A guide is not assigned to your group until the deposit is paid. The deposit will be applied to the tour fees when you arrive.
  3. Why do I have to give the guide a gratuity?

    The Chamber is very fortunate to have excellent docents who volunteer their time to provide tours to our visitors. We request a gratuity of at least $40.00 for groups of up to 15 people.  For groups of more than 15 people and for photography groups, we request a gratuity of at least $50.00 because of the extra time it takes for the tour.
  4. Is there a bus that we all ride on or do I have to drive my own car?

    Transportation is provided by our visitors, and the tour guide will ride in your vehicle with you if there is room. If the guide has to drive their vehicle, we then request at least a $10.00 extra be added to the gratuity for the guide to help compensate for gas and usage of their vehicle.
  5. Is there a minimum number of people required for a guided tour?

    The Chamber is happy to accommodate groups of any size, whether it is 1 or 100.
  6. If there are just a few people in my group, can you combine my group with another one?

    The Chamber strives to accommodate as many groups as possible, but we don’t always have enough docents available on a given day. We also try to limit the guided tours to no more than five per day. We will only combine two groups when it is an emergency. We want each group to feel that it is their special event, not something they have to share with strangers. If we can’t provide a guided tour for you on the date you request, please consider another date or take the self-guided tour.
  7. May I visit the churches on my own without a guide?

    If you have a small group of no more than 6 people, you may visit the churches on your own. The churches are normally available from 9:00am until 4:00pm, Mondays through Saturdays.  You will be able to walk through  St. Mary’s at High Hill, St. Mary’s at Praha (please be out by 3:00 on Saturdays), and St. John the Baptist in Ammannsville.  The church at Dubina does not allow visitors to walk through the church without a guide. You may, however, enter the front lobby and look through locked viewing gates. Occasionally, there are weddings, funerals, or special Masses at some of the churches, and they are closed on certain holidays and holy days, therefore, it’s a good idea to call the Chamber ahead of your visit to be sure the churches are available.  The Chamber sells a brochure and map for $5.00 to assist you on the self-guided tour.
  8. Why can’t I visit the churches on Sundays and Holy Days?

    All of the Painted Churches are active parishes, with services on the weekends and special days.
  9. It seems like the Chamber makes a lot of money from the tours. Do the churches get anything?

    The Chamber gives a generous portion of the money from tours to the churches. The same applies to the museums and other churches that are part of the Museum Tour and the County Line Tour.
  10. Are there any special rules we have to follow when visiting the churches?

    There are several rules of church etiquette that must be followed:
  • Please remember to close all doors behind you; you are welcome inside but we prefer that the birds and wildlife stay outdoors.

  • No food, drinks, chewing gum, tobacco, or pets are allowed.

  • You may sit down in the pews, but please do not go into the choir loft or in the altar area.

  • You may not touch statues, sculptures, or paintings.

  • Please do not take the prayer books as these are used at each Mass by the congregations.

  • These churches are still active today and do have services, prayer times, weddings, and funerals. Please respect the congregations by remaining outside if an event is in progress, and be mindful of those who may be coming in to worship.

*The Greater Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce is not responsible for accidents or injuries. Be especially mindful of the pews in the church at Dubina because of slight protrusion at the bottom of each pew.

*All churches are handicap accessible.

Contact Us:

618 N. Main St.

Schulenburg TX 78956

1-866-504-5294 or 979-743-4514

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