One church spire after another – Germany's wealth of religious architecture

From pilgrimage chapels and brick churches to cathedrals and minsters, Germany's religious buildings are as plentiful as they are beautiful. Take a journey of discovery and see these architectural masterpieces for yourself – you'll be impressed!
St. Saviour's Pilgrimage Church, Bettbrunn
The quest to find places with a unique aura – a centuries-old tradition: St. Saviour's pilgrimage church

The oldest Hosts pilgrimage in Bavaria attracts many pilgrims and takes place to the north-east of Ingolstadt . People have been worshipping St. Saviour for centuries, as attested by the countless votive candles to be found in the chancel of the impressive pilgrimage church. The oldest candle dates back to 1378. Today, the baroque church is a well-known and lively pilgrimage destination with a long tradition.

St. Peter's Cathedral, Naumburg
Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul in Naumburg – a stone masterpiece on the Romanesque Route, guarded by Uta

The Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, built in the late Romanesque and early Gothic styles, is one of Europe's greatest sacred monuments from the High Middle Ages. Art aficionados and many other visitors flock to the cathedral to see the famous west chancel featuring statues of its twelve founders carved by the Naumburg Master (who also created the choir screen with its relief of the Passion), the leaded windows made by Neo Rauch and many other works of art.

Wieskirche Pilgrimage Church
UNESCO World Heritage site, rococo treasure and masterpiece of human creativity: Pilgrimage Church of the Scourged Saviour, Wies

Built by the Zimmermann brothers in around 1745, the famous Wieskirche church in the Pfaffenwinkel area of Upper Bavaria is considered one of the finest, most famous rococo buildings in the world. Visitors delight in the skilful interplay of paintings, frescoes, carvings, stucco, light and colours found in the ornate interior of this exceptional cultural monument. more »

Pilgrimage Church of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, Bad Staffelstein
Pilgrimage Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers – pilgrimage church and destination for pilgrims in Upper Franconia

The basilica minor, a masterpiece of German baroque sacred architecture designed by Balthasar Neumann, was dedicated to the Fourteen Holy Helpers in the 18th century. It is situated directly on the St. James' Pilgrimage Way next to an ancient Franciscan abbey at the foot of Staffelberg hill. Every year, thousands of pilgrims flock to this place of mercy to ask the Fourteen Holy Helpers for protection.

Maria Gern Pilgrimage Church, Berchtesgaden
Maria Gern Pilgrimage Church set against the magnificent Watzmann mountain range

The romantic Maria Gern Church, located in a exposed position north of Berchtesgaden , was an important pilgrimage church around 1600. Its interior is sumptuously decorated with stucco and frescoes showing a cycle from the life of the Virgin Mary. The central feature and attraction for pilgrims is the high altar (1715) with its holy image (1666), which is dressed in 24 different baroque costumes during the year to mark events in the church calendar.

Ulm Minster
A place of worship full of vitality and with the world's tallest church tower: Ulm Minster

The minster in the city of Ulm, on the banks of the Danube, was built in the Gothic style and its original structure remains intact to this day. Not only does it have the tallest church tower in the world (161.53 metres), but since 1530 it has also been able to accommodate 15,000 people, making it one of the largest Protestant churches in the world. Numerous world-class artworks are on display inside. Anyone wishing to ascend the tower to a height of 142m will have to climb 768 steps.

Collegiate Church of St. Servatius, Quedlinburg
Collegiate Church of St. Servatius and the Quedlinburg treasury on the Romanesque Route

Dedicated to St. Dionysius and St. Servatius, this church in Quedlinburg on the Romanesque Route is a monument to German High Romanesque architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The world-famous treasury offers an insight into medieval history, with exhibits including the reliquaries of St. Servatius and St. Katharine, the Quedlinburg Itala, the Samuhel Gospels, the Otto Adelheid Gospels and the tombs of the first German emperor and empress.

Trier Cathedral
Trier Cathedral – a UNESCO World Heritage site that offers a welcome to all

The Cathedral of St Peter in Trier is the oldest episcopal church in Germany and bears witness to 1,700 years of western architectural, art and religious history. Situated on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela and Rome, the cathedral has always attracted pilgrims who come to visit the tombs of the former archbishops of Trier and an exquisite relic, the Holy Robe . More on Trier »

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