Härtelwald Marian Worship Site in Marpingen

    In Marpingen, the devotion to Mary, the mother of God, has been firmly rooted in popular belief for over 500 years. In 1876, Marpingen first attracted attention across Germany when three 8-year-old girls reported seeing apparitions of the mother of God in the Härtelwald forest. Marpingen soon got a reputation for being a German Lourdes.

    To this day, many thousands of pilgrims visit the Marian Worship Site every year. Marienkapelle chapel in Härtelwald forest, with its grotto and stylised rosary, the Stations of the Cross with its crucifixion group and Marienquelle spring with its place of worship and spring water taps, invite visitors to inner contemplation, relaxation, recuperation, prayer and a refreshing dip in the Kneipp basin. A visitor centre offers devotional objects for sale. The almost 11 km long Marienrundweg circular trail and the Way of St. James from St. Wendel to Saarbrücken, two of five pilgrimage routes in Sankt Wendel County, pass by Härtelwald chapel.


    Access via Ringelgasse und Kettelerstraße
    66646 Marpingen

    Further information

    Gemeinde Marpingen
    Urexweilerstraße 11
    66646 Marpingen
    Phone: +49 6853 9116-121 or -122

    Opening hours

    Marienkapelle Chapel:
    April to October: daily from 8 am to 9 pm
    November to March: daily from 8 am to 8 pm

    Marienquelle Spring with taps:
    Open all day all year round

    Visitor Centre:
    Open on Sundays and bank holidays from 2 pm to 4 pm and by prior arrangement

    Kneipp water-treading basin:
    April to October: daily from 7 am to 10 pm