St. Nicholas Monuments in Germany

St. Nicholas is often honored in Germany as patron saint of fishermen and sailors with monuments erected in towns and harbors. Click for larger images.

Osterath

The statue of St. Nicolaas with children is on a fountain outside the St. Nikolaus parish church.
St Nicholas Fountain statue
Photos: Marcus Vankan
St Nicholas Fountain statue
St Nicholas Fountain statue
St Nicholas Fountain statue

Andernach

Two houses in Andernach have prominent St. Nicholas shrines, a reminder of the devotion to St. Nicholas in this river town. One of the Franciscan monastery churches, the Minoritenkirche St. Nikolaus, was built from 1350-1450 and dedicated to St. Nicholas. This statue is on a house on the town square. The statue was restored in 1841.
St Nicholas statue
Photos: Marcus Vankan
St Nicholas statue
St Nicholas statue

This statue is on a house close to the medieval gate near the Rhine river.

St Nicholas statue
Photos: Marcus Vankan
St Nicholas statue
St Nicholas statue

Duisburg

St. Nicholas stands at one of the little harbors connected with the Rhine; Duisburg has Europe’s largest inland Rhine harbor. The statue is by artist Wolf Spitzer.
Duisburg statue
Photos: Marcus Vankan
Duisburg statue
Duisburg statue
Harbor

Münster

This statue of St. Nicholas commemorates a small Medieval gate of St. Nicholas on Straße Horsteberg that was near the Dom church. Münster is near Oberhausen.
Munster statue
Photos: Marcus Vankan
Munster statue

Ebermannstadt

This statue by Harro Frey was placed outside the Ebermannstadt Parish Church St. Nikolaus in 1989.
Nikolaus with three gold balls
Photos: Immanuel Giel
Wikimedia Commons
Ebermannstadt statue

Kevelaer

The people of Amsterdam gave this statue of St. Nicholas to a hostel for pilgrims in Kevelaer. The statue was from De Liefde, a church dedicated to Ss Nicolaas & Barbara, that was razed in 1990.
St Nicholas with good, crozier, three gold balls, crozier, in front of bricks and leaves
Photo: Jan Wasmus
Whole statue
Photos: Emy Yspelder
Statue base with name
Setting

The statue of St. Nicolaas is on a private apartment above a confiserie and konditorei.

Statue
Photos: Marcus Vankan
Statue
Statue
Statue

Trier

St. Nikolaus, on the Commerzbank building, is across from the Porta Nigra. The Porta Nigra (Black Gate in Latin) is the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps. It is a World Heritage Site.
Gold statue in niche
Photos: Christane De Coster
Gold statue in niche
Niche on bank building
Statue with Roman gate>

The statue of St. Nicolaas in Trier’s Rheinland Platz.

Statue
Photos: Christane De Coster
Statue in niche
Niche in shopping plaza

The Roman Bridge over the Moselle in Trier has a statue of St. Nicolaas on the fifth pillar from the west. This is the third Roman bridge on the site, built in AD 144-152. During the Middle Ages stone replaced the wood structure on the pillars. After the bridge was blown up in 1689, the crucifix and St. Nicholas statue were installed when the bridge was repaired.

St Nicholas Statue on Trier Roman Bridge
Photo: René & Peter van der Krogt Statues—Hither and Thither
Used by permission
St Nicholas Statue on Trier Roman Bridge
Photo: René & Peter van der Krogt Statues—Hither and Thither
Used by permission
St Nicholas Statue on Trier Roman Bridge
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St Nicholas Statue on Trier Roman Bridge
Photo: René & Peter van der Krogt Statues—Hither and Thither
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St Nicholas Statue on Trier Roman Bridge
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Cologne

St. Nikolaus, patron saint of seafarers, stands guard on the River Severin, close to the Severinsbrücke.
Statue
Photos: Stefan Klaas,Flickr
Permission pending
Statue with bridge
Photo: Postcard, St Nicholas Center Collection

Sülz (Cologne)

St. Nikolaus statue identifies the St. Nikolaus parish hall that provides day care for young children.
Statue
Photos: Marcus Vankan
Sign over door
Entrance

Würzburg

St. Nikolaus, patron saint of river boatmen, on the bridge over the Main River. There are six statues on the bridge.
Statue above river
Photo: tigwor, Panoramio
Statue above river

Niederemmel

The statue of St. Nicolaas,patron saint of river boatmen, is on the bridge over the Rhine, connecting Niederemmel with Piesport.
Nikolaus with child in tub
Photos: Christiane De Coster
Detail Approach to bridge Back view

Brüggen

The statue of St. Nicolaas with children is across from the St. Nikolaus Kirche, at the entrance to a shop for wooden toys and nativity sets. It is carved from a tree trunk.
Wooden statue
Photos: Emy Yspelder
Wooden statue
Wooden statue

Dieblich

St. Nikolaus, patron saint of river boatmen, is shown blessing a captain, ship and those pulling the boat along the river Mosel. The 1980 fresco is on a house on the main street.
Photo: Marcus Vankan, used by permission

Ediger

St. Niklolaustrasse has a statue of St. Nikolaus.
Ediger statue
Photos: Marcus Vankan, used by permission
Statue with street sign

On the Mosel, near Bernkastel-Kues

The Altes Fährhaus zum Hl. St. Nikolaus is along the Mosel where the ferry used to cross to Rachtig. Built in the 1700s, it provided a safe place to wait for the ferry. The Marian Brotherhood in Rachtig carried out renovations in 2010.
Statue in niche over doorway
Photos: Marcus Vankan, used by permission
Plaque inside
Old Ferry House
Setting along the Mosel

Neuerburg

The statue of St. Nicolaas is in a fountain.
St Nikolaus in fountain
Photo: Neuerburg

Konz

In 1999 the church choir of St. Nikolaus Kirche, Konz, dedicated the refurbished way station to deceased members of the choir. The shrine also commemorated the 50th Wine Festival, the 40th anniversary of Konz, and 750 documented years of grape propagation. The statue is unique as it portrays the saint with a bunch of grapes. Following vandalism damaging the hand, crozier, and nose, the statue was repaired in 2012. On the following weekend the metal grid was bent and the statue completely smashed. The church choir has again repaired the shrine and it was inaugurated in 2013.
Konz Patron Saint
Photos: Volksvreund.de
Vandalized statue
Refurbished shrine
Photos: Konz

Hamm (Konz)

Sankt Nikolaus
Photos: Roscheiderhof

Hamm, on road coming into Hamm

St. Nikolaus as a wayside presence.
St Nicholas statue
Photos: Luigi Serra Twitter
St Nicholas statue

Cochem

The wayside shrine is near Cochem.
Photos: Marcus Vankan,
used by permission

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