The St. Martin's Church with the Weeping Madonna
She stands high up on the altar of St. Martin’s Church, festively dressed in a white robe – the crying Madonna from Endingen, created around 1450. With crown and scepter, she represents Mary Queen, with her happy child Jesus on her arm holding the imperial orb smiling. Countless people seek refuge with Our Lady every year, especially at the marian festivals. The main celebration, however, takes place on Ascension Day: on the evening before, pilgrims from all over the Kaiserstuhl and nearby Alsace come here to take part in the grand procession of lights. Flower-decorated altars are erected on the side of the road, on which the first fruits and the Endinger wine, the ‹Käppilli Wii›, are placed for blessing.
On Ascension Day, the anniversary of the miracle of tears is celebrated, which is said to have taken place here on May 27, 1615, the eve of Ascension Day. After this event, a great pilgrimage began, especially since the Weeping was seen as a sign of impending calamity and after 1618 it was related to the outbreak of the Thirty Years’ War.
The beautiful old town with the baroque town hall built in 1527 and St. Peterskirche invites you to take a leisurely stroll.