In the footsteps of Benedict XVI

4 Days – Munich – Freising – Regensburg –
Altoetting – Marktl am Inn

Day 1:
Arrival + City Tour Munich
After hotel check-in, your guide will accompany you on the traces of Pope Benedict XVI through the Bavarian capital. You will start with the Marienplatz with the column of St. Mary in the very heart of the city. Here, Cardinal Ratzinger took leave of his archbishopric in February 1982, before setting off for Rome where he became Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, one of the most important offices of the Roma Curia.Then, you will visit the city`s landmark, the Cathedral Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), since 1821 the largest church in Bavaria and cathedral of the archbishops of Munich and Freising; the Bürgersaalkirche, the church where the Marian Congregation of Men assemble and pray; the Archbishop`s residence, where Cardinal Ratzinger used to live and work during his time as Archbishop of Munich and Freising (1977-82); the new town hall, seat of the mayor and the city council; the old-established and very popular Viktualienmarkt and the medieval city gate Isartor. The evening is at your own disposal.

Day 2:
Munich – Freising – Regensburg (approx. 150 km)
After breakfast, you will set off in the direction of Regensburg. You will have a short stop in Freising, the place of studies of Pope Benedict XVI. Here, he engaged himself in many ways for Freising as a seminarian, professor and later as archbishop. On your city tour in Regensburg you will see the places which played an important role for the university professor and later Josef Cardinal Ratzinger during his time in this town and afterwards. Personally, Pope Benedict XVI is connected to Regensburg since over 40 years, as his private house is located in close-by village Pentling. Besides, his brother used to be director of the Regensburger Domspatzen choir, the traditional and famous choir of the main Episcopal church of the diocese Regensburg. Here, at the Regensburg Cathedral Pope Benedict XVI celebrated an ecumenical evening prayer in September 2006. In the afternoon, you will return to Munich.

Day 3:
Munich – Altoetting – Marktl am Inn (aprox. 120 km)
After breakfast, your tour on the traces of Pope Benedict XVI continues with the visit of Altoetting and Marktl am Inn. Altoetting is situated in central Upper Bavaria, about 100 km east of Munich and has been the spiritual centre of Bavaria since over 1,250 years and continues to be the most important place for the St. Mary pilgrimage, counting about 1 million pilgrims per year. According to Pope Benedict XVI, this place is the “heart of Bavaria and one of the hearts of Europe”. On September 11th 2006, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated a holy fair with thousands of believers on the Altoetting Chapel Place. In the following, you will continue to visit the birthplace of Pope Benedict XVI in Maktl am Inn. On his 70th birthday on 13 July 1997, Josef Cardinal Ratzinger was nominated honorary citizen of the borough Marktl am Inn. At the northern end of the town`s market place, you will see the place where he was born on 16 April 1927 as the third child of Josef and Maria Ratzinger, and the memorial tablet. In the afternoon, you will return to Munich.

Day 4:
After a rich breakfast, you will return home with long lasting impressions of the home of Pope Benedict XVI.

Upon request we gladly offer adequate transfer services (coach / minibus / limousine / driver-guide / train / rented car).

Kindly note that our programs are merely suggested itineraries. Please do not hesitate to send us your request for a tailor-made quotation according to your special interests.

Please also note that due to the opening times of included sights the program might have to be modified.

In cases of special events or important fairs and conferences, an accommodation in a centrally located hotel might not be possible. The excursion program however is generally not affected by these events.