Mythical places in the upper Rhine region

Drei Jungfrauen

The relics of the three Blessed Virgins

On the Dinkelberg hill, the characteristic tower of the St. Gallus church in Rheinfelden-Eichsel can be seen from afar. On the third Sunday in July, the village becomes the centre of the old traditional festival, the “Eichsler Umgang” to honour the three virgins, Wibrandis, Kunigundis and Mechtundis. After a solemn worship service, the relic shrines of the holy women are carried through the village in a procession. Afterwards, the village festival starts. According to a legend, the three virgins belonged to the followers of Saint Ursula,
who went on a pilgrimage together with her court ladies from England to Rome in the 5th century. After their return, the women were attacked by Huns in Cologne and died as martyrs. Kunigundis, Mechtundis and Wibrandis had interrupted the journey before reaching Basel because of sickness and had come near Rapperswyhr (Adelhausen) to the Dinkelberg hill. At their grave at the Eichsel church, endless miracles are supposed to have happened. A veneration of the saints developed, the legitimacy of which was confirmed by the Catholic church in 1504.
On the Dinkelberg hill, the characteristic tower of the St. Gallus church in Rheinfelden-Eichsel can be seen from afar. On the third Sunday in July, the village becomes the centre of the old traditional festival, the “Eichsler Umgang” to honour the three virgins, Wibrandis, Kunigundis and Mechtundis. After a solemn worship service, the relic shrines of the holy women are carried through the village in a procession. Afterwards, the village festival starts. According to a legend, the three virgins belonged to the followers of Saint Ursula, who went on a pilgrimage together with her court ladies from England to Rome in the 5th century. After their return, the women were attacked by Huns in Cologne and died as martyrs. Kunigundis, Mechtundis and Wibrandis had interrupted the journey before reaching Basel because of sickness and had come near Rapperswyhr (Adelhausen) to the Dinkelberg hill. At their grave at the Eichsel church, endless miracles are supposed to have happened. A veneration of the saints developed, the legitimacy of which was confirmed by the Catholic church in 1504.

St. Gallus-Kirche Eichsel
Am Maienplatz
79618 Rheinfelden-Eichsel
Ortsverwaltung Eichsel
+49 (0)7623/4512

www.rheinfelden.de

 

Öffnungszeiten:

Church is open during the day

 

Führungen:

by arrangement

 

Eintritt:

free

 

Anfahrt:

car, bus, bicycle

Tourist-Info:

Tourist-Info Rheinfelden
Karl-Fürstenberg Straße 17
79618 Rheinfelden (Baden)
+49 (0)7623/9668720

www.tourismus-rheinfelden.de

Tipps:
  • The Dinkelberg experience: Caves and dolines, look-outs, hiking, cycling, dining, farm shops
  • www.gutes-vom-dinkelberg.de