Das Alpenpanorama mit Altötting im Vordergrund.
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Der Pilgereinzug am Altöttinger Kapellplatz und Versammlung vor der Gnadenkapelle.

Day 1 Munich

Arrival in Munich

Munich is the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria, on the banks of River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg, with a population of around 1,49 million.

In a classic guided tour through the old town of Munich, started at the Marienplatz, past the Viktualienmarkt, the Hofbräuhaus and the dome to the Odeonsplatz, the group will explore ways in the past and in the future, but it´s not only a historical tour. 

Here are some further sightseeing proposals:

  • Marienplatz and Liebfrauendom
  • Carillon in the town hall tower
  • Viktualienmarkt
  • Englischer Garten (English garden)
  • Schloss Nymphenburg
  • Residenz München (Residence munich) with museum and treasury
  • BMW Museum

Dinner and overnight stay in Munich.

Day 2: Altötting

Bustransfer to Altoetting (about 1,5 hours travelling time from Munich)


For over 1250 years Altötting has been Bavaria’s spiritual centre and for five centuries has featured as Germany’s principle Marian pilgrimage site. Over one million pilgrims and visitors come each year to see the “Black Madonna” kept in the octagonal Chapel of Grace.


In a guided tour in the footsteps of “Emperors, Kings and Popes” the group will explore the pilgrimage town. Afterwards the museum “House Pope Benedict XVI – Treasury and Pilgrimage Museum” explaining the history of pilgrimage to Altötting and featuring valuable sacrificial offerings that were donated to the Madonna of Altötting can be visited.

The showpiece is the "Golden Rössl", a 62 cm-high altar piece with a construction of gold and gilded silver and golden figures which are coated with white and different colored enamel.


Dinner and overnight stay in Altötting.

On Saturday evenings from May to October, groups can participate in the Evening Mass and the candlelight procession afterwards.

Day 3: Altötting

In the morning, the Jerusalem Panorama of the Crucifixion of Christ can be visited.

A panorama is a monumental art work combining architecture, painting and stage design. It invites the visitor to the singular experience of being ‘in the picture’. Altötting’s panorama was created in 1902/3 by history painter Gebhard Fugel (1863-1939) who at his time was at the forefront in the renewal of Christian art. The huge cylindrically shaped painting comprises 1,200 square metres.

In the Afternoon: Excursion to nearby Burghausen (30 minutes driving time) which houses the world-longest fortress. Walk along the medieval fortress and time for a coffee break in the historic city centre.

Dinner and overnight stay in Altötting

Das Passionstheater in Oberammergau aus dem gemeinsamen Programm mit Altötting.

Day 4: Oberammergau

Bustransfer to Oberammergau (about 3 hours driving time). On the way, lake Chiemsee with the beautiful castle of the Bavarian King Ludwig II on the Men’s Island is a suitable stop.

The afternoon starts with a guided tour of Oberammergau and the Passion Play Theater. Oberammergau is famous for the Passion Play, staged since 1634, and its woodcraft.

Oberammergau is permanently linked with the Passion of Jesus Christ. The roots of the Passion Play date back to a vow made by the citizens of Oberammergau in 1633. The Play, which has been performing at 10-year intervals (next time in 2020!) since then, has made Oberammergau famous throughout the world.  Even Pope emeritus Benedict XVI., formerly Cardinal Ratzinger, was deeply touched.

Dinner and overnight stay in Oberammergau.

Day 5: Oberammergau

Here are some sightseeing proposals:

  • Pilatushaus: The Pilatushaus in the heart of Oberammergau is the center for Art and Craft. You will see a part of the glass paintings collection of the Oberammergau museum, which is one of the largest in Europe, on the first floor.
  • Oberammergau Museum with impressive wood carvings and religious works of Art
  • Linderhof Castle, another beautiful castle build by the Bavarian Fairy Tale King Ludwig II.
  • The famous “Church in the Meadows” (Wieskirche), UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Cloister Ettal with its imposing baroque basilica and the Rococo Sacristy. Ettal also has a nearly 400-year-old brewing tradition. Since 1609 a wide variety of beers were brewed by monks. Therefore, do not miss a tour of the distillery and the brewery museum, with its herbal liqueurs and real abbey beer.

Day 6: Return journey via Munich

Altötting is a member of the Shrines of Europe. You can visit the Shrines of Europe during a roundtrip. Get more information.