Across from the Chapel of Grace is the New Ecclesiastical Treasury and Pilgrimage Museum, which is named for the Pope, a Bavarian who has been familiar with Altötting since childhood.

From May to October, candlelight processions take place from St. Martin Luther has forever been embedded into history for sparking the Protestant Reformation.

Travelers can follow in his footsteps in the states of Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, a region deemed Luther Country.

Tourists stay in one of 270 hotels in the city in order to visit the Sanctuary of Lourdes (commonly called the Domain). Patrick’s Trian, in a former church behind the tourist office, has exhibits on city history and St. Armagh is going through an extensive city-center regeneration project, which includes upgrading all surfaces and adding new pedestrian walkways.

The Domain includes the Grotto where pilgrims can dispense Lourdes water from the taps and 22 separate places of worship on 126 acres. When Christianity spread to the region in the 400s A. Patrick established his church there and Armagh became the ecclesiastical capital of the island. Einsiedeln gained popularity as a religious tourist destination thanks to its Benedictine Abbey, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Switzerland.

Traveling pilgrims can expect barebones accommodations along the Camino de Santiago, or Way of St. Monasteries provide hostels for travelers and ask for small monetary donations in return.

Pilgrims should be aware that a special Credencial, or religious passport, is required to stay at a monastic hostel.One of the oldest pilgrimage routes in the world runs through Northern Spain, terminating at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. James, whose remains were transported from Jerusalem to Spain by boat.Pilgrimages to the area haven’t ceased since medieval times, and the route has enjoyed revived popularity since the 1980s.The site annually attracts one million people, some of whom have witnessed visions in the sky including hearts and crosses around the sun.This once tumultuous region now has enjoyed an economic boom, thanks in part to religious tourism.For more than 500 years this Bavarian town has been Germany’s most significant place of pilgrimage venerating the Virgin Mary.