market municipality of Germany

Marktl is a town of Upper Bavaria located close to the Austrian border.

Understand Edit

St.Oswald church

Marktl is famous throughout the world to be the birthplace of Pope Benedict XVI. Joseph Ratzinger was born here on 16 April 1927 and elected Pope in Rome on 19 April 2005. Cardinal Ratzinger, former dean of the College of Cardinals and prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of faith, he retired on February 28, 2013 for reasons of age.

Visitor informations Edit

  • 1 Tourist informations (Tourismus und Begegnung Marktl GmbH), Marktplatz 1 (Town Hall), +49 8678 74 88 20. M-Su 10:00-12:00 & 14:00-16:00.

Get in Edit

Marktl railway station

By plane Edit

The nearest major international airport is Munich Airport (MUC IATA) (also called "Franz Josef Strauss"), located 92 km from Marktl, with a journey time of approximately one hour by car. As the second largest airport in Germany, it is connected to numerous cities.

Salzburg Airport (SZG IATA), located 68 km from Marktl, is also easily reachable after about an hour's drive.

By car Edit

  • From West (Munich): via the B12 federal road via Mühldorf am Inn and Altötting (partly already developed as the A 94 motorway).
  • From North: Via Federal Highway B20 or B299

By train Edit

  • 1 Marktl railway station (Bahnhof Marktl). Marktl is located on the Munich-Mühldorf-Simbach railway line.  

Get around Edit

See Edit

Pope Benedict XVI house with the column of Benedict
Town Hall and Marktl History Museum
  • 1 Pope Benedict XVI house, Marktplatz 11, +49 8678 747680, . Jointly managed by the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising and the Diocese of Passau through the "Stiftung Geburtshaus Papst Benedikt XVI" ("Birthplace Foundation of Pope Benedict XVI").

    :The Pope Benedict XVI house is also the birthplace of Georg Lankensperger (born March 31, 1779 in Marktl and died July 11, 1847), he was the inventor of double-pivot steering, in which each front wheel of an axle turns independently and the axis itself is not deflected.
  • 2 Column of Benedict (In front of the Pope Benedict XVI house). Bronze column inaugurated during the papal visit on 8 September 2006.
  • 3 St.Oswald church and baptistery. Catholic church consecrated in 1875.  
  • 4 Marktl History Museum, Marktplatz 1 (On the ground floor of the town hall), +49 8678 7341. 11 rooms totaling 350 square meters show an outline of the history of the region since prehistoric times. Adults: €2.00 (with guide).  

Do Edit

  • Guided tour. "Auf den Spuren von Papst Benedikt" ("In the footsteps of Pope Benedict"), with explanations of local history, the column of Benedict and the baptistery of St. Oswald with the baptismal font. Duration: about 30-40 minutes. Group (up to 15 people): €15.00.

Buy Edit

Eat Edit

  • 1 Gasthaus Bonimeier, Kirchplatz 3, 84533 Niedergottsau (Via Burghauser Straße).

Drink Edit

Sleep Edit

Stay safe Edit

Stay healthy Edit

  • 2 Pharmacy (Marien Apotheke), Marktplatz 10, +49 8678 270.

Connect Edit

  • 3 Post office (Postfiliale 568), Lankenspergerstr. 2 (Seidel car gallery).

Go next Edit

  • 4 Shrine of Our Lady of Altötting, Kapellplatz 1 (Altötting).    
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