A pilgrimage to Konnersreuth Germany--visiting the village of Saint Therese Neumann

A few days later our little group crossed the English Channel to the continent, for I wanted to make a pilgrimage to Bavaria. This would be my only chance, I felt, to visit the great Catholic mystic, Therese Neumann of Konnersreuth.

Years earlier I had read an amazing account of Therese. Information given in the article was as follows:

(1) Therese, born on Good Friday in 1898, was injured in an accident at the age of twenty; she became blind and paralyzed.

(2) She miraculously regained her sight in 1923 through prayers to St. Therese of Lisieux, “The Little Flower.” Later Therese Neumann’s limbs were instantaneously healed.

(3) From 1923 onward, Therese has abstained completely from food and drink, except for the daily swallowing of one small consecrated wafer.

(4) The stigmata, sacred wounds of Christ, appeared in 1926 on Therese’s head, breast, hands, and feet. Every Friday* she experiences the Passion of Christ, suffering in her own body all his historic agonies.

5) Knowing ordinarily only the simple German of her village, during her Friday trances Therese utters phrases which scholars have identified as ancient Aramaic. At appropriate times in her vision, she speaks Hebrew or Greek.

(6) By ecclesiastical permission, Therese has several times been under close scientific observation. Dr. Fritz Gerlich, editor of a Protestant German newspaper, went to Konnersreuth to “expose the Catholic fraud,” but ended up by reverently writing her biography.
— From Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda on Saint Therese Neumann of Konnersreuth, Germany.

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! 

1. Arrival

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. 

2. Hotel

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. 

4. Coffee

There is a small shop near the hotel which is also like a small bakery and supermarket and where you can have great coffee!

5. Souvenirs

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! :)

Image©sourcingstyle.com, statue of Little Flower, Saint Therese of Lisieux at Konnersreuth facing the house of Saint Therese Neumann (the house is not visible in the picture. The blue house is the hotel Weisses Ross, where I stayed during my stay.)

Image©sourcingstyle.com, statue of Little Flower, Saint Therese of Lisieux at Konnersreuth facing the house of Saint Therese Neumann (the house is not visible in the picture. The blue house is the hotel Weisses Ross, where I stayed during my stay.)

Image©sourcingstyle.com, Konnersreuth in winter.

Image©sourcingstyle.com, Konnersreuth in winter.

Image©sourcingstyle.com, house of Saint Therese Neumann, Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

Image©sourcingstyle.com, house of Saint Therese Neumann, Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

Image©sourcingstyle.com, house of Saint Therese Neumann, Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

Image©sourcingstyle.com, house of Saint Therese Neumann, Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

Image©sourcingstyle.com, yellow house is the home of Saint Therese Neumann; the blue house is the hotel Weisses Ross, Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

Image©sourcingstyle.com, yellow house is the home of Saint Therese Neumann; the blue house is the hotel Weisses Ross, Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

Image©sourcingstyle.com, Hotel Weisses Ross, comfortable 3-star hotel in Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

Image©sourcingstyle.com, Hotel Weisses Ross, comfortable 3-star hotel in Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

Image©sourcingstyle.com, the interiors of the church in Konnersreuth where Saint Therese Neumann used to pray, Bavaria, Germany.

Image©sourcingstyle.com, the interiors of the church in Konnersreuth where Saint Therese Neumann used to pray, Bavaria, Germany.

Image©sourcingstyle.com, the church in Konnersreuth where Saint Therese Neumann used to pray, Bavaria, Germany.

Image©sourcingstyle.com, the church in Konnersreuth where Saint Therese Neumann used to pray, Bavaria, Germany.

Image©sourcingstyle.com, home of Saint Therese Neumann; 'zu Leidenszimmer' in German means 'to the room of suffering', Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

Image©sourcingstyle.com, home of Saint Therese Neumann; 'zu Leidenszimmer' in German means 'to the room of suffering', Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

Image©sourcingstyle.com, room of Saint Therese Neumann where she experienced her weekly trances, Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

Image©sourcingstyle.com, room of Saint Therese Neumann where she experienced her weekly trances, Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

Saint Therese Neumann during her Passion of Christ, Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

Saint Therese Neumann during her Passion of Christ, Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

Saint Therese Neumann with Paramahansa Yogananda, Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

Saint Therese Neumann with Paramahansa Yogananda, Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

The clothes of Saint Therese Neumann in which she experienced her suffering, Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

The clothes of Saint Therese Neumann in which she experienced her suffering, Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

Hand written letters of Saint Therese Neumann, Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

Hand written letters of Saint Therese Neumann, Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

Image©sourcingstyle.com, grave of Saint Therese Neumann, Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

Image©sourcingstyle.com, grave of Saint Therese Neumann, Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

Image©sourcingstyle.com, 'Resl hat geholfen!' means in German that Resl (Saint Therese Neumann) had helped! Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

Image©sourcingstyle.com, 'Resl hat geholfen!' means in German that Resl (Saint Therese Neumann) had helped! Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

Image©Author, graveyard in Konnersreuth where the bodies of Saint Therese Neumann and her family as well as the priests in the church of Konnersreuth are buried. 

Image©Author, graveyard in Konnersreuth where the bodies of Saint Therese Neumann and her family as well as the priests in the church of Konnersreuth are buried. 

Image©Author, Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany in winter. Mystic, fairyland!

Image©Author, Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany in winter. Mystic, fairyland!

 
Image©Author, statue of Little Flower of the Child Jesus, Saint Therese of Lisieux, facing the house of Saint Therese Neumann. On the Statue is written in German the prayer of Saint Therese Neumann to the Little Flower--you have already helped so many, help also me. 

Image©Author, statue of Little Flower of the Child Jesus, Saint Therese of Lisieux, facing the house of Saint Therese Neumann. On the Statue is written in German the prayer of Saint Therese Neumann to the Little Flower--you have already helped so many, help also me.