Welcome to Marktl am Inn
On a gentle bend in the Inn River, some 60km southwest of Passau, sits the drowsy settlement of Marktl am Inn. Few outside Germany (or indeed Bavaria) had heard of it before 19 April 2005, the day when its favourite son, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was elected Pope Benedict XVI. Literally overnight the community was inundated with reporters, devotees and the plain curious, all seeking clues about the pontiff’s life and times. Souvenirs like mitre-shaped cakes, Papst-Bier (Pope’s Beer) and religious board games flooded the local shops. It's for these papal associations that people still flock to Marktl, though not in the numbers they once did.