Moos water procession

The Moos water procession is inextricably linked to the second Hausherrenfesttag. The origin of the significance of the Moos water procession is closely linked to its history as a place of pilgrimage. One of the reasons for the influx of many pilgrims was the bleak situation of the rural population. In addition, there were other plagues such as a major cattle plague.


The pilgrims cross the lake in decorated boats in the early hours of the morning of Lord Monday, led by the boat with the spiritual and secular dignitaries of the community. At the lake, they are welcomed by representatives of the town of Radolfzell, the local clergy, the traditional costume group and the town band and led in solemn procession into the cathedral. There follows the solemn Mooser Amt.

History of the Moos water procession

“It was at the beginning of the Napoleonic Wars, shortly after the French Revolution, when a particular plague was added to the tribulations of the time. A cattle plague of immense proportions caused the entire herd to die within a few days.” In their great distress, the peasant population resorted to prayer and sacrifice.

Anno 1797:

“After a terrible cattle plague soon became widespread in the previous year and caused great damage in Gajenhofen, the local parishes agreed to hold an annual procession to Radolfzell … a procession to Radolfzell every year to visit the holy landlords, and … said pledged procession was held for the first time in the year 1797.”

After the end of the cattle epidemic, this vow was upheld by the citizens of the village of Moos across the road until the present day and is still an integral part of the landlord’s festival.