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Diary of a Pilgrimage

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Diary of a Pilgrimage
First edition (UK)
AuthorJerome K. Jerome
IllustratorG. G. Fraser
GenreComedy novel
PublisherJ. W. Arrowsmith (UK)
Henry Holt and Co. (US)
Publication date
Publication placeUnited Kingdom
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)

Diary of a Pilgrimage is a novel by Jerome K. Jerome published in 1891. It tells of a trip undertaken by Jerome and his friend "B" to see the Oberammergau Passion Play in Germany.


They travel by train from London Victoria to Dover and have a rough overnight crossing of the English Channel to Ostend and thence by train to Cologne where they spend a night in a hotel. The following day they visit Cologne Cathedral before catching the train to Munich, travelling alongside the Rhine. They spend Sunday in Munich where Jerome practices his German before catching a train to Oberau and then a carriage to Oberammergau to see the play. They return via Heidelberg.


As well as describing the journey and the characters they meet the book also contains a number of humorous asides including :

  • "The Question of Luggage" - conflicting advice on what to pack for the trip
  • "A Playful Boat" - the effects of seasickness
  • "The German Bed"
  • "The German Railway Guard"
  • "We Seek Breakfast" - an attempt to order a savoury omelette
  • "A Faithful Bradshaw"
  • "The Difficulty of Dining to Music"

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