Arresting Ossuary – Neustadt an der Donau, Germany - Atlas Obscura

Arresting Ossuary

Neustadt an der Donau, Germany

The name doubles as an appropriate adjective for this small ossuary. 

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Both a name and, in English, an appropriate adjective, Arresting is the name of a small village 3 km from the Danube river in upper Bavaria.

Inside the churchyard of the 13th century village church of St Wolfgang, you’ll find a small structure built in the 16th century to house the bones of villagers. The Arresting Ossuary includes a wall of skulls, arm and leg bones, along with painted icons of the virgin and crucified Jesus.

Know Before You Go

Enter the graveyard surrounding the church and the ossuary is connected to the outer wall of the cemetery. The ossuary is always viewable behind iron gates.