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Hiking trails and pilgrim´s paths

“Only where you walk, have you truly been.”

(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Benedictine path

Benedictine path

Around the former Benedictine Reinhardsbrunn monastery, the 15 km path links the towns of Friedrichroda, Tabarz and Waltershausen and includes the Reinhardsbrunn pilgrim centre.

Pilgrimage in the footsteps of strong women

Pilgrimage in the footsteps of strong women

Erfurt - Paulinzella, 54 km: The pilgrimage commemorates three significant women´s Thuringian Church History and their whereabouts - Saint Elizabeth, Saint Walburga and the blissful Paulina. The trail is marked with the European scallop.

Oecumenical pilgrim route VIA REGIA

Oecumenical pilgrim route VIA REGIA

Görlitz - Erfurt - Vacha, 466 km: The route is an important east-west connection within the European route network to Santiago de Compostela. It is based on the historic Via Regia trade route and is unique in Germany with its unbroken chain of pilgrim hostels.

Elisabeth path

Elisabeth path

Marburg - Eisenach, 193 km: The Elisabeth path is also signposted as route of pilgrims and part of the space closure in the network of European pilgrims´routes. An extensive network of hostels and spiritual way stations invites pilgrims.

Oecumenical pilgrim route VIA PORTA

Oecumenical pilgrim route VIA PORTA

Volkenroda - Waldsassen, 330 km: The concept of this pilgrim route goes back to the path taken by Cistercian monks when they were sent from the principal monastery in Volkenroda to the subsidiary monastery in Waldsassa in 1133.

Loccum-Volkenroda pilgrim route

Loccum-Volkenroda pilgrim route

Loccum - Volkenroda, 300 km: The pilgrim route connects two Cistercian monasteries and runs through a variety of natural landscapes along the rivers Weser, Leine and Unstrut, over the Wesergebirge hills and through the Eichsfeld region. There are numerous villages and churches which may tempt visitors to linger for a while.

Pilgrim - Via Imperii

Pilgrim - Via Imperii

Leipzig - Altenburg - Hof, 193 km: The old imperial road that led to Nuremberg from Leipzig via Altenburg, Zwickau and Hof. Pilgrims once travelled on their way to Jerusalem, Rome and Santiago de Compostela via this route, which Luther also used frequently.

Via Romea - Way of encounters

Via Romea - Way of encounters

Stade - Gotha - Rome, 1750 km: The Via Romea based on a historic route from the 13th century. In ecumenical openness he invites old and young people, hikers and pilgrims to find their own spiritual or human identity.

Pilgrimage of tolerance

Pilgrimage of tolerance

Reinhardsbrunn - Zella-Mehlis, 36 km: in 1530 Zella-Mehlis Baptists were executed in Reinhardsbrunn. The path between mother and daughter monastery recalls the dark side of the Reformation and is also an offer of reconciliation.

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Luther to go

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