Altotting (Altoetting): “The Lourdes of Germany” Shrine of the Black Madonna
About the Miracles in Altotting:
In the heart of Bavaria lies the town of Altoetting (pronounced Al tooting by the locals). It is often called the “Lourdes of Germany” due to the thousands of pilgrims who come here every year in search of healing. An alternate spelling on some maps and in some guide books is Altotting.
The shrine’s reputation began in 1489 when a 3-year old child drowned in a nearby pond. Her mother rushed the dead body to the altar where a statue of Our Lady (the Black Madonna) stood. As the mother pleaded for his life to be returned to him, he opened his eyes and was restored to life.
Another somewhat similar miraculous healing occurred a few years later and involved another young person, this time a child had been crushed under a cart. Once again, a distraught mother brought her child to the chapel and, once again, the child was restored to life.
About the Shrine:
Today the shrine attracts over 1 million pilgrims each year. The many crutches and other votives on display there testify to the healings attributed to the intercession of Our Lady of Altotting.
In 1980 Pope John Paul II made a pilgrimage here. A young Joseph Ratzinger came here with his father when growing up and it is known to be one of his favorite shrines long before he became Pope or even a Cardinal.
Many young people from Germany make pilgrimages here in the summer time, often walking for 50 miles or more on their journey.
The small chapel is in the middle of a square and barely holds 100 people so be prepared for crowds. Fortunately on the times we have visited it was not crowded but either way it is a great pilgrimage destination. Private Masses for groups can be scheduled in advance.
To arrange for a Mass contact:
Pilgrimage Support Office St. Magdelena Monastery
tel. (+49) 08671 969242
Altotting is included is this Danube River cruise with Father James Blount, S.O.L.T. in the fall of 2019. Visits to the Shrine of Altotting, Passau, Vienna, Budapest and more. Daily Mass plus retreat session with Father James. And…there is an option to extend your trip to include Prague, Krakow and Budapest.
You can check out this cruise and get the full itinerary at Select International Tours.
Mention code CTguide and get a $100 discount.
Traveling to Altotting:
Altoetting is approximately 60 miles East of Munich. By train, it is about two hours from Munich (in most cases you change trains at Muhldorf). Get train & bus schedules, see fares & buy tickets here.
It takes a little less time if you are driving (love the Autobahn).
Address: Papst-Benedikt-Platz, 84503 Altötting
GPS coordinates: 48° 13′ 34.4856” N, 12° 40′ 39.1404” E
Tel: +49 8671 969260
There is no official website for the shrine itself, but click here for the link to the town of Altoetting’s official website.
Click here for a virtual tour of the Shrine of Our Lady of Altoetting.
And click here for a video of the 2013 Christmas Children’s Program in Altotting.