Shrine of Our Lady of Altötting

Altötting is one of the most important and most visited Catholic pilgrimage destination in Europe. The city is in Upper Bavaria, close to the Austrian border.


First mentioned in the 8th century (although the first settlements probably date bach more than 3000 years), Altötting's ascenson as a Catholic pilgrimage destination began in the 9th century with the construction of a first monastery by King Carloman of Bavaria.

Get in

By plane

There are two airports that are suitable for a trip to Regensburg:

By train

Altötting station is conveniently located just south of the city center, but due to its very small size lacks most amenities of a modern train station. There are hourly connections to Munich (90 min) and Landshut (75 min), and a bihourly connection to Salzburg (105 min). With all conncetions there is a change of trains in Mühldorf am Inn.

By car

With its rather remote location close to the Autrian border, Altötting isn't so well connected to the German highway network. The most important ones are autobahn A 94 to Munich and federal highway B 20 to Salzburg.

On foot

Altötting, given its importance for German Catholics, is a major destination of pilgrimage. These pilgrimages are mostly organised and go for 120-200 km and 3-5 days.

Get around

Given the city's small size, Altötting is easily navigable on foot. Furthermore, basically all main attractions are located around the central town square.


Basilika St. Anna



Around the central Kapellplatz square are numerous shops for devotional objects, such as Black Madonnas in several sizes, rosaries, figures of saints and angles, icons, candles, crosses, and the like. There are also some bookstores on religious matters.




Go next

Routes through Altötting

Munich  W  E  Passau
 N  S  Salzburg
Landshut  NW  S  (Berchtesgaden National Park)
Munich Mühldorf am Inn  W  E  Burghausen
Landshut Mühldorf am Inn  N  E  Burghausen
Salzburg Mühldorf am Inn  S  E  Burghausen

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