Ein kleiner Ausschnitt der großen Rosenkranzsammlung in der Altöttinger Schatzkammer.
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The Treasure Chamber in the House of Pope Benedict XVI

In the Treasure Chamber and Pilgrimage Museum, appropriately named "Haus Papst Benedikt XVI" (“Pope Benedict House”) you can marvel at the wealth of artistic votive offerings to Altötting, the Place of Mercy. At the Pilgrimage Museum the themes of pilgrimage, the history of pilgrimage in Altötting and the artistic votive offerings of pilgrims are thematically linked. Apart from jewellery, chalices, paraments, coins and pilgrimage badges, there are also other precious items at the Altötting Treasure Chamber.

The “Goldene Rössl“ at the Altötting Treasure Chamber

Towards the end of your museum tour you can marvel at the main exhibit of the Altötting Treasure Chamber. The "Goldene Rössl” (Golden Horse), a small Marian altar made of gold enamel, captivates visitors to the Pilgrimage Museum. And rightly so. After all, experts consider the Marian altar of the Altötting Treasure Chamber to be one of Europe's most precious art treasures. The Goldene Rössl was manufactured by the workshops of the Paris court in 1404. It was a New Year's gift from the French Queen Isabeau de Bavière, a member of the house of Wittelsbach, to her husband King Charles VI.

Das Goldene Rössel in der Altöttinger Schatzkammer.

Other Showpieces and Treasures at the Pilgrimage Museum

A true showpiece of the Altötting Pilgrimage Museum is a precious cross carved from ivory depicting the passion cycle painted on lapis lazuli plates. Its former owner was the patrician Füll family in Munich, thus the name "Füllkreuz". Most visitors are immersed in the fairytale world of the "Sissi films" when looking at the bridal wreath of the world-famous Empress Sissi, which is also on display at the Altötting Treasure Chamber.

Der Brautkranz der Kaiserin Sissi von Österreich in der Altöttinger Schatzkammer.

Combined Sightseeing and Museum Tour

The background of the many treasures of the Altötting Treasure Chamber can best be explained during a guided tour. You can visit the Pilgrimage Museum as part of a combined sightseeing and museum tour with an Altötting guide. The guide will show you and explain to you the most important exhibits of the Altötting Treasure Chamber and will also take you to the Gnadenkapelle to show you royal treasures and valuable votive offerings.

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

Special Exhibitions at the Altötting Treasure Chamber

At the Altötting Treasure Chamber you cannot only see relics of pilgrimages and treasures, but also various special exhibitions each year. The themes of the special exhibitions staged at the Pilgrimage Museum are based on the respective annual pilgrimage motto. Since 11 March 2018 there has been a special exhibition entitled "Bruder Conrad – Kunst und Schriften“ ["Friar Conrad – Art and Writings"] which you can visit free of charge. It is presented by the Altötting Treasure Chamber to commemorate the 200th birthday of St. Conrad. The exhibition provides insights into the autographs and written testimonies of the Saint.

Die Altöttinger Schatzkammer in der Aussenansicht.