Kilians Lodge Hotel takes its name from Saint Kilian, a native of Mullagh, who was an Irish missionary bishop and the apostle of Franconia (northern Bavaria), where he preached towards the end of the 7th century.

Kilian, along with eleven companions went to eastern Franconia and Thuringia. After having preached the Gospel in Würzburg, he succeeded in converting to Christianity the local lord, Duke Gozbert, and much of the population.

Kilian eventually told the Duke that he was in violation of sacred scripture by being married to his brother´s widow, Geilana. When Geilana, whom Kilian had failed to convert to Christianity, heard of Kilian´s words against her marriage, she was so angry that she had her soldiers sent to the main square of Würzburg, where Kilian and his colleagues were preaching, and had him beheaded, along with two of his companions, Saint Colmán (also called Colonan or Kolonat) and Saint Totnan.

Their skulls, inlaid with precious stones, have been preserved to this day and each year on St Kilian´s Day (July 8), a glass case containing the three skulls is removed from a crypt, paraded through the streets and put on display in Würzburg Cathedral (dedicated to Kilian).

Statues of these three saints line the famous Saints´ Bridge across the River Main. The Kiliani-Volksfest (two weeks in July) is the main civil and religious festival in the region around Würzburg.

At Kilians Lodge Hotel, we preach a gospel of a warm welcome to all our visitors, wherever they travel from. Relax in the friendly atmosphere of our family-run hotel, savour some good food and drink, explore our surroundings and enjoy a peaceful night´s sleep when your day is done.

We look forward to welcoming you soon.


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