St. Wendel is the county town of Sankt Wendel County. Saint Wendelin, who belonged to the Irish-Scottish monastic movement, lived here in the 6th century. The veneration of Saint Wendelin led to the Basilica of St. Wendelin being built in the 14th century, where the bones of Saint Wendelin are interred today. Built in the late Gothic style, the hall church is a landmark of the town and shapes its overall image. The lovingly restored medieval old town with its particular French flair invites visitors to linger.
Another flagship of the county town are its markets, which are known far beyond the borders of the country. In particular, the Easter and Christmas markets attract numerous visitors from all over Europe every year. A variety of events and exhibitions have transformed St. Wendel into a cultural centre.
St. Wendel has made a name for itself internationally through its top-class sporting events. World and European championships, particularly in cycling, have made St. Wendel world famous. St. Wendel is unimaginable without motor sports such as the ADAC Rallye Deutschland or ADAC Supermoto in motorcycle racing. European billiard championships and international running events also offer a combination of top-class sport and a folk festival. That is one of the reasons why athletes love to come to St. Wendel.
Many sights and above all an excellent network of cycling and hiking trails offer a variety of leisure activities in St. Wendel. Two premium hiking trails, the "Tiefenbach-Pfad" trail, which is one of Germany's top trails, and the "5-Weiher-Tour" (5-pond tour), the "St. Wendeler Schleife" loop on the Saarland circular route and, above all, the pilgrims trail routes in Sankt Wendel County transform hiking here into a special experience. The dense cycle network with connections to the Saarland cycle routes and Wendelinus-Radweg cycle trail on a former railway line offer a wide range of options for all, no matter their physical condition.
Have you already discovered Sankt Wendeler Land’s Virtual Tour Guide (in German)? It takes you on fascinating tours of the region on your smartphone and provides lots of information and interesting facts on the way.
Here you can take a tour with the virtual tour guide through the town of St. Wendel.
The Basilica of St. Wendelin (Wendelinusbasilika) in St. Wendel is widely visible as a town landmark. The continued movement to worship Saint Wendelin led to it being built as a late Gothic hall church in the 14th century. The driving force for this was the Elector Balduin von Trier, who acquired the town in 1327 and had it developed into an economic and cultural centre. The east choir was...More
Over 100 biblical plants can be found in this garden that surrounds the Protestant Margaret Church. Biblical plants and plants from the Christian tradition are combined with landscapes, stories, names and objects from the Bible. A circular route with over 32 stations takes you into the world of the Bible and the monastic Middle Ages.More
The herb garden at Wendelinushof offers extensive information on an information display about the varieties, uses, healing properties and locations of the herbs. Signs on the planted herbs and detailed recipe suggestions provide the opportunity to find out more. Potted herbs are on sale every year from April.More
The Mia Münster House houses the town and district library.
The library presents itself as a modern media centre. In addition to conventional print media, it houses audio-visual and electronic media. A total of 50,000 items of media are available to library users, ranging from novels and non-fiction books, to encyclopaedias, dictionaries, newspapers and magazines and games and information...
Father Arnold Janssen of the Steyler Missionaries founded the St. Wendel mission house, which extends far beyond the town from the Atzenhübel, in 1898. The mission house church was built between 1910 and 1913. The mission house also houses the Museum of Missionaries and Ethnology, which was founded after the church was built in 1920. First and foremost, the museum exhibits evidence of the...More
Father Arnold Janssen founded the Mission Society of the Steyler Missionaries in St. Wendel in 1898 and subsequently the Mission House was built. The complex also houses the Ethnological Museum, the Mission Bookshop and the Mission House Church.
The Mission House Church has the shape of a cross. The 36-metre-high crossing tower, which rises from the three-aisled church, is remarkable. The...More
Between St. Wendel and Lake Bostalsee, you can experience examples of contemporary art along an approximately 19 km long open-air gallery. In combination with the sculptures, this unusually charming landscape offers hikers an extraordinary experience.
The origin of the Road of Sculptures was in the sculpture symposium on the heights between St. Wendel and Baltersweiler, which took place in...
Discover the winding streets and historic squares of the old town.
Famous generals, artists, scholars and even the ancestress of the Windsor family have all left their mark here.
You can sense its eventful history in the picturesque old town with its historical buildings. The façades of the old town houses have been lovingly restored, particularly at the Fruchtmarkt and around the...More
Wendelinuskapelle (Wendelinus Chapel) was built in 1755 on behalf of the bailiff and electoral court councillor Franz Ernst D'Hame. Builder Johannes Schubmehl built the chapel in a scenic location at the foot of Bosenberg hill. It is assumed that the chapel was designed by Augustinian brother Josef Walter. Worth seeing in particular are the Baroque altar and the open bell tower above the...More