A pilgrimage to Konnersreuth Germany--visiting the village of Saint Therese Neumann
It was the month of February and even though it had been snowing heavily in Germany, I decided to make a pilgrimage to Konnersreuth in Bavaria, Germany to visit the house of Saint Therese Neumann, which had been a long cherished desire in my heart after I had first read about her in Paramahansa Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi.
Ordinarily nobody would advise you to visit Europe at this time when it is so cold and there is snow everywhere, but I love snow and I love Germany when it is white, so mystical and so fairy-tale like! And besides, the heating system in Germany is so good, that even if it is snowing outside, you can just be wearing a t-shirt in your room, enjoying a cup of coffee and watching the snowfall outside--I totally love it!
Konnersreuth is a small village in Bavaria in Germany which is not connected to a train station. The nearest station is Marktredwitz which is about 15 minutes by road from Konnersreuth; cabs are easily available.
I spent two nights in this lovely, little village staying at the hotel Weisses Ross , a comfortable 3-star hotel, located right next to the house of Therese Neumann. Infact from my breakfast table, I was able to see the window of Saint Therese's room where she had experienced the Passion of Christ. The hotel owners were kind and hospitable and they treated me to some nice coffee as I was waiting for my cab before leaving the village.
3. Places to see
The house of the Saint is quiet and you can visit it by arranging an appointment which can be done through the hotel (you can also enquire about it at the time of your booking). The house is usually closed from November through April and incase you visit during these months, you can still make a request and if you are lucky, they will open the house just for you! It is good to have a tour guide for the house who can tell you stories of the Saint, so please ask for this at the hotel (and don't forget to specify the language).
There is also a Chapel in the village where Saint Therese used to meditate and pray. I was also told that this Chapel had actually survived the World War II bombings.
You can walk up to the graveyard and feel the special blessings of the Saint as you silently pray to her next to where her body is kept. There is an open room where people with fulfilled prayer-requests have posted messages of gratitude to the Saint.
There is a small shop near the hotel which is also like a small bakery and supermarket and where you can have great coffee!
I bought small candles with the Saint's photo pasted on them from the Church by making a small donation. I also bought small tin boxes of Therese Neumann from the coffee shop that I treasure from my visit.
Here are some photos from my visit, hope you enjoy these and if you have any questions or anything to share, you can post them in the comments section below. I look forward to hearing from you! :)