Holy Doors in Germany, the Nordic Countries and the Benelux

“The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a viator, a pilgrim travelling along the road, making his way to the desired destination. Similarly, to reach the Holy Door in Rome or in any other place in the world, everyone, each according to his or her ability, will have to make a pilgrimage. This will be a sign that mercy is also a goal to reach and requires dedication and sacrifice. May pilgrimage be an impetus to conversion: by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door, we will find the strength to embrace God’s mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful with others as the Father has been with us.”

Misericordiae vultus, 14

holy door^Brother Leo Disch  O.S.B. attaches the lettering above the Holy Door of the Basilica of St. Nicholas in Amsterdam. This door will be opened by auxiliary bishop emeritus Jan van Burgsteden on Sunday 13 December.

Below is a list of Holy Doors in the dioceses of the Netherlands, Flanders, Luxemburg, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Sweden. It will be updated as individual dioceses make announcements.

Archdiocese of Bamberg

  • Cathedral of Ss. Mary, Peter and Paul and George, Bamberg. Open.

Archdiocese of Berlin

  • Dominican monastic church of St. Paul, Berlin-Moabit. Open.

Archdiocese of Freiburg in Breisgau

  • Cathedral of Our Lady, Freiburg. Open.

Archdiocese of Hamburg

  • Cathedral of St. Mary, Hamburg. Open.
  • St. Anna, Schwerin. Open.
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus, Lübeck. Open.
  • St. Nicholas, Kiel. Open.

Archdiocese of Köln

  • Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Mary, Köln. Open.

Archdiocese of Luxembourg

  • Cathedral of Our Lady, Luxembourg. Open.
  • Holy Trinity, Vianden. Open.
  • Basilica of Saint Willibrord, Echternach. Open.

Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussels

  • Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Koekelberg. Open.
  • Cathedral of Ss. Michael and Guddula, Brussels. Open.
  • Basilica of Saint Martin, Halle. Open.
  • Cathedral of Saint Rumbold, Mechelen. Open.
  • Basilica of Our Lady, Scherpenheuvel. Open.

Archdiocese of München und Freising

  • Cathedral of Our Lady, München. Open.
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus, München-Neuhausen. Open.
  • Co-Cathedral of Our Lady’s Nativity, Ss. Corbinanian, Lantpert, Nonnosus and Sigismund, Freising. Open.
  • Sacred Blood, Rosenheim. Open.
  • Basilica of Saint Martin, Landshut. Open.
  • Ss. Peter and John the Baptist, Berchtesgaden. Open.
  • Holy Cross, Bad Tölz. Open.
  • Convent church, Fürstenfeld. Open.

Archdiocese of Paderborn

  • Cathedral of Ss. Mary, Liborius and Kilian, Paderborn. Open.

Archdiocese of Utrecht

  • St. Augustine, Utrecht. Open.
  • Basilica of St. Callistus, Groenlo. Open.
  • Basilica of St. Lambert, Hengelo. Open.

Diocese of ‘s-Hertogenbosch

  • Cathedral of St,. John, Den Bosch. Open.

Diocese of Aachen

  • Cathedral of Our Lady, Aachen. Open.
  • St. Cornelius, Aachen. Open.
  • Schönstatt shrine, Baesweiller-Puffendorf. Open.
  • St. Vitus, Mönchengladbach.
  • Pilgrimage church Assumption of Our Lady, Wassenberg. Open.
  • St. Potentinus, Kall-Steinfeld. Open.

Diocese of Antwerp

  • Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp. Open.

Diocese of Augsburg

  • Cathedral of Our Lady Visitation and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Augsburg. Open.

Diocese of Breda

  • Basilica of St. John, Oosterhout. Open.
  • Basilica of Ss. Agatha and Barbara, Oudenbosch. Open.
  • Basilica of St. Willibrord, Hulst. Open.
  • Cathedral of St. Anthony, Breda. Open.

Diocese of Bruges

  • Cathedral of Saint Saviour, Bruges. Open.
  • Basilica of the Sacred Blood, Bruges. Open.
  • Basilica of Our Lady Immaculately Conceived, Dadizele. Open.
  • Ss. Martin and Nicholas, Ypres. Open.
  • St. Saviour, Harelbeke. Open.

Diocese of Dresden-Meißen

  • Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Dresden. Open..
  • Pilgrimage church of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, Rosenthal. Open.
  • Basilica of the Sacred Cross, Wechselburg monastery. Open.

Diocese of Eichstätt

  • Holy Cross, Eichstätt. Open.
  • Basilica of Our Lady, Wemding. Open.

Diocese of Erfurt

  • Cathedral of St. Mary, Erfurt. Open.
  • Pilgrimage church of Christ the Saviour on the Hülfensberg, Bebendorf. Open.

Diocese of Essen

  • No Holy Door, due to “the specific structural conditions of the cathedral”.

Diocese of Fulda

  • Cathedral of Ss. Saviour and Boniface, Fulda. Open.
  • Schönstatt centre, Künzell-Dietershausen. Open.
  • Basilica of St. Peter, Fritzlar. Open.
  • Holy Name of Mary, Hanau. Open.
  • Ss. Peter and Paul, Bad Soden-Salmünster. Open.
  • St. Mary, Kassel. Open.
  • Marienheide convent, Wollstein. Open.

Diocese of Görlitz

  • Pilgrimage church, Neuzelle. Open.

Diocese of Ghent

  • Basilica of Our Lady of Lourdes, Oostakker. Open.
  • Cathedral of Saint Bavo, Ghent. Open.
  • Chapel of St. Pius X, Moerzeke. Open.
  • Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, Dendermonde Abbey. Open.
  • Carmelite Church, Ghent. Open.
  • St. Batholomew, Geraardsbergen. Open.

Diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden

  • Cathedral of St. Joseph, Groningen. Open.

Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam

  • Basilica of St. Nicholas, Amsterdam. Open.
  • Our Lady of Need, Heiloo. Open.
  • Cathedral of Saint Bavo, Haarlem. Open.

Diocese of Hasselt

  • Cathedral of St. Quintin. Open.

Diocese of Hildesheim

  • Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary, Hildesheim. Open.

Diocese of København

No information available yet.

Diocese of Limburg

  • St. Bartholomew, Frankfurt. Open.

Diocese of Magdeburg

  • Cathedral of St. Sebastian. Open.

Diocese of Mainz

  • Cathedral of Ss Martin of Tours and Stephan. Open.
  • Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, Worms. Open.

Diocese of Münster

  • Cathedral of St. Paul. Open.
  • Guesthouse Church, Recklinghausen. Open.
  • St. Peter’s, Oldenburg. Open.
  • Pilgrimage basilica, Kevelaer. Open.

Diocese of Oslo

  • Cathedral of St. Olav. Open.

Diocese of Osnabrück

  • Cathedral of St. Peter, Osnabrück. Open.

Diocese of Passau

  • Cathedral of St. Stephan, Passau. Open.
  • St. Mary Magdalen, Altötting. Open.

Diocese of Regensburg

  • Carmelite Church, Regensburg. Open.

Diocese of Reykjavík

  • Cathedral of Christ the King, Reykjavik. Open.
  • Our Lady Stella Maris, Reykjavik. Open.
  • St. Joseph, Hafnarfjörður. Open.
  • St. John Paul II, Reykjanesbær. Open.
  • St. Peter, Akureyri. Open.
  • St. Thorlak, Reyðarfjörður. Open.
  • Carmelite monastery, Hafnarfjörður. Open.
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Stykkishólmur. Open.
  • St. John, Ísafjörður. Open.
  • Corpus Christi, Egilsstaðir. Open.
  • Holy Family and St. John Maria Vianney, Hornafjörður. Open.
  • Maríulind, Hellnar. Open.

Diocese of Roermond

  • Cathedral of St. Christopher, Roermond. Open.
  • Basilica of St. Servatius, Maastricht. Open.
  • Basilica of Our Lady, Maastricht. Open.
  • Basilica of the Blessed Sacrament, Meerssen. Open.
  • Basilica of Our Lady, Sittard. Open.
  • Saint Landrick, Echt. Open.

Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart

  • Co-cathedral of St. Eberhard, Stuttgart. Open.

Diocese of Rotterdam

  • Basilica of St. Liduina and Our Lady of the Rosary, Schiedam. Open.
  • Shrine of the Holy Martyrs of Gorcum. To be opened on a date to be announced.
  • St. Jeroen’s, Noordwijk. To be opened on a date to be announced.

Diocese of Speyer

  • Cathedral of the Assumption and St. Stephen, Speyer.  Open.
  • Spiritual Centre Maria Rosenberg, Waldfischbach-Burgalben. Open.
  • Assumption of Mary and Holy Family, Oggersheim. Open.
  • Capuchin monastery, Blieskastel. Open.

Diocese of Stockholm

  • Cathedral of St. Erik, Stockholm. Open.

Diocese of Trier

  • Cathedral of St. Peter, Trier. Open.
  • Assumption of Mary, Klausen. To be opened in May.
  • St. Lutwinus, Mettlach. To be opened on 5 May.
  • St. Apollinaris, Remagen. To be opened on 23 July.
  • Pilgrim’s chapel in Schönstatt, Valendar. Open.

Diocese of Würzburg

  • Franciscan church, Würzburg. Open.
  • Capucin church, Aschaffenburg. Open.
  • Pilgrimage church, Kreuzberg an der Rhön. To be opened on 3 May.

Territorial Prelature of Trondheim

No information available yet.

Territorial Prelature of Tromsø

  • Pro-cathedral of Our Lady, Tromsø. Open.
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Karmel. Open.

Opening of Holy Doors in chronological order:


8: Kevelaer, Köln, Luxembourg, Münster, Oldenburg, Passau, Recklinghausen, Rome

12: Bamberg, Hamburg, Neuzelle, Oostakker

13: Aachen (Our Lady), Aachen (St. Cornelius), Akureyri, Amsterdam, Antwerpen, Aschaffenburg, Augsburg, Bad Soden-Salmünster, Bad Tölz, Baesweiller-Puffendorf, Berchtesgaden, Breda, Brussels (Koekelberg), Brussels (Ss. Michael and Gudula), Den Bosch, Dresden, Egilsstaðir, Eichstätt, Frankfurt, Freiburg im Breisgau, Freising, Fritzlar, Fulda, Gent (St. Bavo), Groenlo, Groningen, Hafnarfjörður (Carmelite monastery), Hafnarfjörður (St. Joseph), Halle, Hanau, Heiloo, Hellnar, Hengelo, Hildesheim, Hornafjörður, Hulst, Ísafjörður, Kall-Steinfeld, Kiel, Künzell-Dietershausen, Landshut, Lübeck, Magdeburg, Mainz, München, München-Neuhausen, Oosterhout, Oslo, Osnabrück, Oudenbosch, Paderborn, Regensburg, Reykjanesbær, Reykjavik (Christ the King), Reykjavik (Our Lady Stella Maris), Reyðarfjörður, Roermond, Rosenheim, Rosenthal, Scherpenheuvel, Schiedam, Schwerin, Speyer, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Stykkishólmur, Trier, Utrecht, Valendar, Wechselburg, Würzburg

14: Wemding

17: Wollstein

19: Fürstenfeld, Moerzeke, Vianden

20: Blieskastel, Dendermonde, Echt, Echternach, Gent (Carmelite church), Maastricht (Our Lady), Maastricht (St. Servatius), Meerssen, Oggersheim, Sittard, Tilburg (?), Waldfischbach-Burgalben, Worms

25: Haarlem

27: Geraardsbergen


16: Berlin

17: Kassel, Wassenberg


10: Altötting, Tromsø

11: Karmel


3: Kreuzberg an der Rhön

5: Mettlach


23: Remagen