Catholic Germany

11-day sample itinerary

Religious Travel – German Pilgrimages

Discover the Catholic heartbeat of Germany as you tour the country with Catholic Heritage Tours. Cities and countrysides alike will offer up Catholic shrines, landmarks, and sites of historical interest and importance.

 

Sample Itinerary:

 

Day 1: USA to Frankfurt, Germany

Depart the US to Frankfurt.

 

Day 2: Frankfurt

Welcome to Frankfurt! Upon arrival, meet your tour escort and embark on a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city on your way to the hotel: Admire the Opera House and the Eschenheim Tower, and see the typical half-timbered buildings. Stop for a visit of St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral, built in the 14th C., where the Roman-German emperors and the kings of the Holy Roman Empire were crowned. Tonight, a welcome drink and dinner to meet your fellow travelers and plan on the days ahead. (WD)

 

Day 3: Frankfurt – Rudesheim – Trier

Head west toward Trier this morning. Along the way, a leisurely stop in Rudesheim am Main, which lies at Rhine’s bank. It is one of Germany’s biggest tourist attractions, with its Old Town and picturesque Rheingau landscape. There, enjoy an optional Rhine cruise and wine tasting. In the afternoon, visit the parish church where the relics of St. Hildegard and Saint Gudula, both patrons of Germany, are venerated. Here also are, among others, the relics of Saint Bertha of Bingen, who founded hospices for the poor and is the mother of St. Rupert. Continue on your journey to arrive in Trier, Germany’s oldest town and second in importance to Rome in the Western Roman Empire, and the birthplace of St. Ambrose, Doctor of the Church. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic tour to see the Porta Nigra, the well-preserved Roman city gate, and visit the romanesque Cathedral of St. Peter. It was founded by St. Helena in the early 4th C., and is the oldest in northern Europe. Inside, see the Holy Coat of Trier, which is the seamless garment of Jesus Christ for which the soldiers cast lots at the Crucifixion, as well as the head of St. Helena, mother of Constantine. Continue to the Church and Abbey of St. Matthias: The Apostle who replaced Judas is buried inside, as are Sts. Eucharius and Valerian, first bishops of Trier. (BB, D)

 

Day 4: Trier – Aachen

Leave Trier to travel north along the western border to Kornelimunster, to visit the former Benedictine abbey and Church of St. Cornelius, which houses important relics: The Linteum Domini, the piece of cloth which Jesus wrapped around Himself as He washed His disciples’ feet at the Last Supper; Sindom Mundo, the cloth on which the body of Jesus was placed after being taken down from the Cross; and the Sudarium Domini, the piece of cloth which covered the face of Jesus in the tomb. The head and arm of Pope St. Cornelius are also housed in this magnificent church. Continue the short distance to Aachen, where you will visit the Royal Church of Mary, built by Charlemagne in 805AD. Site of Imperial coronations, it is not only impressive in its Carolingian architecture and known for its stained glass windows and golden mosaics, it also contains some of the greatest treasures of Christendom: The Cloak of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the swaddling clothes of the Christ Child, the cloth on which rested the head of St. John the Baptist after he was beheaded, and the loin cloth of Christ Crucified. Also in the cathedral are the relics of Blessed Charlemagne, his throne, a pala d’oro, a golden pulpit, and the chandelier in honor of Charlemagne and commissioned by Barbarossa. Continue to beautiful Cologne, where you can enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. (BB)

 

Day 5: Cologne – Marburg – Fulda

Today, visit the world-renowned jewel of Cologne, its cathedral, built over the course of 600 years to house the relics of the Three Magi, which are still there today. The staff that belonged to St. Peter is in the Cathedral Treasury. Then, visit the Church of Saint Andreas, which contains the remains of St. Albert the Great, teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas. Finally, the Church of St. Ursula, which holds the remains of St. Ursula and 11,000 martyrs, all killed in Cologne at the hands of the Huns in the 5th C. In the afternoon, depart for Marburg. There, in the Elizabeth Church, the first Gothic church built in Germany in 1235, is buried St. Elizabeth of Hungary, the princess devoted to the poor and sick. Continue to Fulda where, upon arrival, you can pray at the tomb of St. Boniface and visit the monastic mission he built in the 8th C, and from which missionaries were trained and sent throughout northern Europe. Finish today’s journey to Wurzburg to arrive in time for dinner. (BB, D)

 

Day 6: Wurzburg

A full day in Wurzburg today. Begin the visits with the Cathedral, the Neumunster Church, which houses relics of and items belonging to St. Kilian and his companions, St. Kolonat and St. Totnan, who evangelized Franconia and were martyred in the 7th C. Near the Cathedral, visit the Dom St. Kilian, one of the largest Romanesque churches in Germany, and the crypt where past bishops are buried. Also notable are the treasury and museum, housing the Church’s treasures. Continue with the Residenz, the Bishop’s palace, a large complex with over 300 Baroque and Rococo rooms, a giant staircase with an overlooking fresco, the largest in the world. Finally, the Hofkirche Chapel, which is also richly decorated. (BB, D)

 

Day 7: Wurzburg excursion to Walldurn and Dettelbach

An excursion out of Wurzburg will take you to Waldurn. There, in the Basilica of St. George, one can venerate a corporal with a Eucharistic miracle: In 1330, a priest celebrating Mass accidentally knocked over the chalice with consecrated wine. As the blood spilled across the corporal, a clear image of the Crucified Christ surrounded by eleven thorn-crowned heads appeared on the cloth, and these can be seen plainly to this day. Continue to Dettelbach, where, in the parish church of Maria im Sand, a popular place of local pilgrimage, the miraculous image of Our Lady of the Vineyard can be venerated. Return to Wurzburg, for an afternoon at leisure with independent dinner. (BB)

 

Day 8 Wurzburg – Bamberg – Regensburg

Depart Wurzburg to head to Regensburg, with a stop in Bamberg. Visit the majestic Cathedral of St. Peter and St. George where are buried the only beatified German King, Henry II, and his wife, St. Kunigunde. Explore the picturesque Old Town which is splendidly preserved. Continue in the early afternoon to Regensburg, where, upon arrival, you can visit the Cathedral, one of the finest Romanesque churches in Bavaria, built in the 14th C., which contains magnificent stained glass windows. Afterwards, venerate the Eucharistic miracle at the St. Savior’s Chapel, miracle which took place in 1255: A priest who had doubts as to the Real Presence hesitated before elevating the chalice. The crucifix above him extended his hands and took the chalice to display it for adoration, then returned it to the priest. The crucifix can still be seen today in the chapel. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon to walk around the well-preserved medieval town center. (BB, D)

 

Day 9: Regensburg – Altotting – Munich

Head south to Altotting, the main Marian shrine of Germany. There, a small statue of Our Lady, known for its many miracles attested to by thousands of ex-votos, is venerated. Her devotion started when two children were resurrected by her intercession. Saint Conrad is also closely associated with Altotting, since he was the porter of the friary nearby for many years. He is known for his love of children and for prayer, especially to the Blessed Sacrament. Continue to Munich to enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city. Visit the richly decorated Asamkirche, a chapel meant to be private, but which became public at the insistence of citizens. It was built in honor of Saint John Nepomuk, a 14th C. Bohemian monk, who was martyred for refusing to break the seal of confession. (BB, D)

 

Day 10: Munich: Excursion to Eichstatt

After breakfast, an excursion out of Munich will take you to Eichstatt. Visit the Abbey of St. Walburga from whose relics flow a miraculous oil from October to February, known as Walburga’s Oil. Healings attributed to this saint, known for her gentleness, humility, charity and as a healer, continue to this day. She was the sister of Sts. Wunibald and Willibald, daughter of St. Richard the Pilgrim, niece of St. Boniface. Then, visit the Cathedral where a canopied altar shelters the remains of St. Willibald, brother of St. Walburga, first bishop of Eichstatt. Return to Munich for an afternoon at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner to toast the success of your pilgrimage. (BB, FD)

 

Day 11: Transatlantic flight back to the US

After breakfast, transfer to Munich airport for your homebound flight. (BB)


*(BB) Buffet Breakfast * (D) Dinner * (WD) Welcome Dinner * (FD) Farewell Dinner

 

 

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