Konnesreuth, Germany. Image©thingstodot.com

Konnesreuth, Germany. Image©thingstodot.com

I visited the home of Saint Therese Neumann in Konnersreuth, Germany, after reading about her in Paramahansa Yogananda's acclaimed spiritual classic, 'Autobiography of A Yogi'.  It was the month of February and was probably not the best time to visit (the Saint's house is closed during the winter season), however, the owner of the hotel where I was staying, managed to arrange for somebody who gave me an English speaking tour of the house. 

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 at the hotel Weisses Ross, a comfortable 3-star hotel, located right next to the house of Therese Neumann. 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 treated me to some nice coffee as I waited for my cab the day I was leaving. 

Hotel Weisses Ross, Konnesreuth, Germany. Image©thingstodot.com

Hotel Weisses Ross, Konnesreuth, Germany. Image©thingstodot.com

3. Things to do

You can visit the house of Saint Therese 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 if you visit during these months, you can still make a request and they might just open the house for you (like they did for me)! It is also good to ask for an English speaking tour guide for the house for those who don't speak German. I don't know whether there is a possibility to get a guide in any other language. 

House of Saint Therese Neumann, Konnesreuth, Germany. Image©thingstodot.com

House of Saint Therese Neumann, Konnesreuth, Germany. Image©thingstodot.com

There is also a Chapel in the village where Saint Therese used to meditate and pray and that apparently survived the World War II bombings. 

Chapel, Konnesreuth, Germany. Image©thingstodot.com

Chapel, Konnesreuth, Germany. Image©thingstodot.com

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 answered prayers have posted messages of gratitude to the Saint. 

Grave of Saint Therese Neumann Konnesreuth, Germany. Image©thingstodot.com

Grave of Saint Therese Neumann Konnesreuth, Germany. Image©thingstodot.com

4. Supermarket & Cafe

There is a small supermarket near the hotel which also has a small bakery and they serve 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. 

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