Pilgrimage in the Prignitz

In the North of Germany is a famous pilgrim's path that played an important role in indulgence and healing from the Middle Ages up until the Reformation, and has been signposted again since 2006.

Wunderblutkirche St. Nikolai in Bad WilsnackFoto: Fotoarchiv Tourismusverband Prignitz e.V./Michael Richter

The 130 km long pilgrim's path leads from Berlin to the pilgrim and health resort town Bad Wilsnack. According to the Wunderblut legend, three undamaged, bloodied hosts were found in the ruins of the St Nikolai church after a terrible fire in 1383. For the following 150 years until the Reformation, thousands upon thousands of people flocked to the “holy place of the church Wunderblutkirche”. The most popular place of pilgrimage in Northern Europe was reverently called “Santiago of the North”. There is more, though: legend has is that a skirt of the Holy Anna, Jesus' grandmother, was kept in Alt Krüssow. This led to the little village with its idyllic fieldstone church St Anna becoming the destination of a thriving pilgrim tradition along the “Annenpfad”.

Kopfmotiv: Tourismusverband Prignitz e.V./Prokopy