A 12-Day Pilgrimage to Marian Shrines of Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia & Germany
June 3-14, 2019
Accompanied by Fr. Peter Papp



Day 1. Monday, June 3: Transatlantic flight to Vienna, Austria


Day 2. Tuesday, June 4: Vienna

Upon arrival into Vienna, board your private motor-coach and transfer to the city center for a visit to the Cathedral of St. Stephen, housing the miraculous image of Maria Potsch, which shed tears twice and through which Our Lady has worked many miracles. Render homage to St. Valentine, whose body is kept here. View hundreds of relics, including a piece of the tablecloth from Our Lord’s Last Supper. Then, visit the Church of St. Mary’s on the River Bank (Maria am Gestade) to venerate St. Clement Mary Hofbauer, patron of Austria for his unrelenting work of apostolate. Then, arrive at your hotel in Vienna for a welcome dinner and overnight. (WD)


Day 3. Wednesday, June 5: Vienna

This morning in Vienna, visit Schonbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the Habsburg monarchs, with its hundreds of rooms adorned with the finest furnishings and also walk through its unique gardens. Enjoy a free afternoon in this beautiful city, with dinner on your own. Overnight in Vienna. (BB)


Day 4. Thursday, June 6: Vienna: Mariazell, Melk, Danube cruise

Today visit Mariazell, the foremost Marian pilgrimage site in Austria. This basilica houses a small wooden statue of Our Lady and the Christ Child which has been venerated since the 12th century. The site has grown from a humble chapel to a splendid place of pilgrimage where kings, emperors and popes have paid homage to the Mother of God in front of this small statue, first placed there by a humble monk. Afterwards, enjoy a visit to the famous Benedictine Abbey of Melk, where countless medieval treasures can be found in its library and splendid works of art in its church. Then, take a leisurely cruise along the Danube River, enjoying some of the most spectacular views in Austria. Return to Vienna for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)


Day 5. Friday, June 7: Vienna – Gyor – Esztergom – Szentendre – Budapest

Cross over into Hungary to Gyor, the most important city of northwest Hungary, to visit Gyor’s Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady and see the miraculous picture of the “Irish Madonna of Hungary” that shed tears of blood in 1697 as Irish Catholics suffered persecution. Following the Danube River, transfer to Esztergom, the spiritual center of Catholicism in Hungary. Visit its cathedral, which houses the tomb of Cardinal József Mindszenty in its crypt. Before arrival into Budapest, travel along the spectacular Danube Bend to reach the picturesque, medieval town of Szentendre, to enjoy time to walk through meandering lanes, small squares with Mediterranean mood, and town houses in a Baroque style. Dinner and overnight in Budapest. (BB, D)


Day 6. Saturday, June 8: Budapest

This morning in Budapest, visit the Basilica of St. Stephen. Dedicated to King St. Stephen (Stephen I of Hungary, 975-1038), who was an example of humility and zeal, this church boasts countless religious, architectural and artistic treasures, among which is the mummified hand of St. Stephen. Afterwards, enjoy a walking tour of the Castle District and a visit to the Church of St. Matthias. This splendid church, with its Museum of Ecclesiastical Art in its crypt, can be admired for its architecture as well as for the miraculous Baroque Madonna and incalculable riches. The rest of the day is at leisure, with dinner on your own. (BB)


Day 7. Sunday, June 9: Budapest – Ludbreg – Marija Bistrica – Zagreb

Leave Hungary and cross into Croatia. Your first stop will be in Ludbreg, a little town where in 1411, a priest who had doubts about the Transubstantiation was celebrating Mass. During the consecration, the wine in the chalice changed into real Blood. The priest hid this relic and kept his secret until the time of his death, when he revealed it. Once the news spread, pilgrims began making trips to Ludbreg. Today, after 600 years, the Blood remains perfectly intact Visit the Most Holy Trinity Church to pray before the miracle. Continue to Bistrica to visit the Shrine of Saint Mary of Marija Bistrica, the most known Marian shrine in Croatia. Here, a miraculous statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Infant Jesus is the greatest sacred object of the Croatian people. For centuries millions of pilgrims have knelt before it, praying and asking their heavenly Mother to answer their prayers. Finally, travel to Zagreb, the capital and the largest city of Croatia, located in the northwest of the country, along the Sava river. Make a visit to the city center before transferring to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)


Day 8. Monday, June 10: Zagreb – Brezje – Bled– Klagenfurt

Cross the border into Slovenia to Brezje to visit Slovenia’s National Marian Shrine, the Basilica of St. Mary Help of Christians.  It houses a miraculous painting of Mary Help of Christians, which was the promise of a young artist imprisoned and sentenced to death in 1809 by the Napoleanic army. The initiative, which he began while still in prison, was completed in 1814, along with the redecoration of the church. The first of numerous miracles occurred there in 1863, and since then it has been a pilgrimage site for Slovenian Catholics. Continue to Bled for a visit to the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary on Bled Island. The present Baroque church was built in the 17th century, though there has been a church there since the 9th century, constructed over a pagan temple. Afterwards, enjoy a boat ride on the Sava Bohinjka River. Then cross back into Austria and arrive in Klagenfurt for a walking sightseeing tour of its downtown. Dinner and overnight in Klagenfurt. (BB, D)


Day 9. Tuesday, June 11: Klagenfurt – St. Wolfgang – Salzburg

Today visit the Pilgrimage Church of St. Wolfgang, which goes back to 976 AD. The Bishop St. Wolfgang of Regensburg was living as a hermit and made the decision to build the first church there. He threw an ax after making a vow that where he found it again, he would build a church. When he found the ax three days later, he built the church at that site, on a rocky hill overlooking beautiful Lake Wolfgangsee. Continue to Salzburg to visit it 17th-century Baroque Cathedral, dedicated to Sts. Rupert and Virgil. A Christian church since 774 AD, it is renowned for its 4,000-pipe organ and for housing a medieval font in which Mozart was baptized. Then, visit St. Peter’s Abbey, founded by St. Rupert in 696 AD. It was the first establishment of Salzburg and it remains to be the oldest continuously active monastery in German speaking countries. It houses the relics of St. Rupert and of St. Vitalis. Afterwards, visit St. Francis Church, one of the oldest churches in Salzburg, originally built in the 8th century during the time of St. Virgil. Dinner and overnight in Salzburg. (BB, D)


Day 10. Wednesday, June 12: Salzburg

Enjoy an entire free day in Salzburg, with dinner on your own. Overnight in Salzburg. (BB)


Day 11. Thursday, June 13: Salzburg – Altotting –  Munich

Travel to Altotting in Germany. Set amidst green meadows and snowcapped mountains in the heart of Bavaria, Altotting is renowned as the earliest destination of pilgrimages to the miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary, dating back to 1330. In this modest chapel, a small statue attests to the motherly care of Mary toward her children. After the miraculous resurrection of two small children in the 15th century, the fame of the statue spread and now thousands of ex-votos show not only the devotion of pilgrims but most of all the kindness of Our Lady and her miraculous healings. St. Conrad is also closely associated with Altotting, since he was the porter for the friary there for over 40 years. He is known for his love of children and prayer, especially to the Blessed Sacrament. Continue to Munich for a stroll down the Marienplatz, the city’s main square since 1158, and for a bit of free time. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner at a typical German brewery. Overnight in Munich. (BB, FD)


Day 12. Friday, June 14: Homebound flight

Transfer to Munich airport for your flight back to the USA. (BB)


(BB) Buffet breakfast; (D) Dinner; (WD) Welcome dinner; (FW) Farewell dinner



* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.


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