Even though the terms pilgrimage and pilgrim’s journey are often used synonymously today, there are a few significant differences. The actual destination of a pilgrimage, which people usually travel to in groups, is the Gnadenkapelle. Traditionally, praying the rosary and singing religious hymns are part of a pilgrimage, so is celebrating a Holy Mass. In the case of a pilgrim’s journey, the route becomes a destination in itself, whereby the journey is concluded once a religious place has been reached. People contemplate along the way and seek to clarify questions and develop a new perspective on life. Such pilgrims often travel alone or in small groups, and their motives and goals for a pilgrimage are quite individual. Everyone is welcome in Altötting - whether he/she is on a pilgrimage or a pilgrim’s journey!