• St James' Way (Nuremberg-Constance), field of sculptures in Oggelshausen
    St James' Way (Nuremberg-Constance), field of sculptures in Oggelshausen ©Oberschwaben-Tourismus GmbH
  • St. James' Way in the Palatinate
    St. James' Way in the Palatinate ©Tourist Information Speyer
  • Worms: Luther statue in the autumn
    Worms: Luther statue in the autumn ©DZT
  • St. Crescentia's Way
    St. Crescentia's Way
  • Volkenroda Abbey
    Volkenroda Abbey ©Tourist-Information Waldsassen
  • Fontane Route
    Fontane Route ©Pilgern bewegt e. V.
  • Elisabeth Path
    Elisabeth Path ©Elisabethpfad e.V., Hainau
  • St. Bridget's Trail – Schwerin
    St. Bridget's Trail – Schwerin ©DZT/Norbert Krüger
  • Via Claudia Augusta – Renaissance town hall in Augsburg
    Via Claudia Augusta – Renaissance town hall in Augsburg ©Regio Augsburg Tourismus GmbH
  • The Ammer Gorge at the 'Scheibum' rupture
    The Ammer Gorge at the 'Scheibum' rupture ©Ammergauer Alpen GmbH
  • Via Nova
    Via Nova ©Verein Europäischer Pilgerweg VIA NOVA
  • Historic Oxen Trail – Flensburg, Törning mill
    Historic Oxen Trail – Flensburg, Törning mill ©Büro Oeding, Flensburg
  • On the trail of strong women
    On the trail of strong women ©Stadtmarketing Arnstadt
  • Benedict Trail – Lake Chiemsee, Fraueninsel island
    Benedict Trail – Lake Chiemsee, Fraueninsel island
  • Mainz Cathedral
    Mainz Cathedral ©Bistum Mainz
  • Luther Trail – Mansfeld Castle
    Luther Trail – Mansfeld Castle ©TourismusRegion Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg e. V., Lutherstadt Wittenberg
  • Volkenroda Abbey
    Volkenroda Abbey ©Haus kirchlicher Dienste der Ev.-luth. Landeskirche Hannovers
  • Monks' Trail
    Monks' Trail ©Projektbüro mönchsweg

Following the sign of the shell on St. James' Way – Germany is a wonderful place for pilgrimages

Going on a traditional pilgrimage, taking a self-initiated time-out, following well-trodden roads to self-discovery – it's an adventure for body, mind and soul. Those who don't have the time or energy for a long trek can try a 'taster tour' and get a feel for what it's like to go on a pilgrimage.

St. James' Way – a European pilgrimage trail for the body and soul. Follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims on this historical route of approx. 170km from Nuremberg to Lake Constance.

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The route, approx. 300km in length and clearly marked with the Loccum Cistercian cross, passes through a harmonious landscape of hills and unspoilt countryside and connects the two ancient Cistercian abbeys of Loccum and Volkenroda.

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One theme and one event connects 1,200 kilometres across the federal states of Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony. The Luther Trail is part of the Luther Decade culminating in 2017, which marks 500 years since Luther nailed his theses to the church door in 1517 – the anniversary of the Reformation.

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The scenery of Upper Bavaria is divinely beautiful and the 85km Meditation Trail, right at the foot of the mystical Ammergau Alps, offers a wonderful opportunity for walking meditation, spiritual contemplation and pilgrimage. It runs from the Wieskirche Church to Linderhof Palace with many cultural treasures along the way.

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People cycling along the 342km Monks' Trail are following a centuries-old tradition: welcome to a modern style of pilgrimage from Glücksstadt on the River Elbe to the island of Fehmarn in the Baltic Sea.

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There are a number of pilgrimage routes all over Europe that lead to the grave of the apostle James in Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The scenic Palatinate Forest is home to two such routes that cover almost 300km from the pilgrimage town of Speyer to the Benedictine abbey in Hornbach.

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Via Claudia Augusta – the name of the only Roman road crossing the Alps has a wonderful ring to it. This well signposted, unforgettable trail takes you from the Danube to the Alps, covering more than 500km in Germany.

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The Via Nova Pilgrimage Route runs approx. 280km from Bogen in Lower Bavaria, across the Salzburg lakeland, to St. Wolfgang in Austria. In days gone by, pilgrims used to carry a cross with them. Today, travellers on this modern pilgrimage trail are more likely to be carrying a lightweight rucksack.

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