Church of St. Lawrence, Jablonné v Podještedí, Czech Republic
Church of St. Lawrence, Jablonné v Podještedí, Czech Republic ©Marketing-Gesellschaft Oberlausitz-Niederschlesien mbH
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The Via Sacra

A cross-border journey in search of enlightenment

The Via Sacra "Sacred Road" runs along roughly 550 km of centuries-old pilgrimage and trade routes in the border triangle region of Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. The route links some of Europe's most important religious sites and art treasures and is a relatively new tourist route through a region of great European cultural importance.

is a relatively new tourist route through a region of great European cultural importance. Taking in religious architecture and treasures, abbeys, art, legends, milestones and notable figures from European history, it is a popular route for tourists and pilgrims and for cultural encounters.

The name of the route tells you everything you need to know

Travel through time and the heart of Europe on the Via Sacra Route. Breathe in the cultural and religious history of Upper Lusatia, Lower Silesia and Northern Bohemia and allow ancient masterpieces to cast their spell on you. The route can be explored along two circular routes (one through Saxony and one through Silesia and Bohemia) or from one central point in a star formation without having to change hotel.

Reconnect with yourself and your environment

The route comprises almost 20 contemplative sites and forms; a unique link between these sacred treasures. The Lent cloth in Zittau dating from the Late Middle Ages is one such treasure and others include imposing churches and old abbeys still in use today such as the village church in Cunewalde. With over 2,632 seats, it is the largest evangelical church in Germany. Chapels and other religious sites will take you further into this pious world.

Discovery, wonder and contemplation

The Via Sacra Route promises a subtle adventure full of amazing surprises, emotional experiences and moments of tranquil reflection. Go on a journey where time has no meaning. Some places seem to have a special spirit all of their own – a genius loci. Walking along the Via Sacra, pilgrims will find out that Germany – and indeed Europe – continues well past Dresden.

Via Sacra

Length: approximately 550 km (German side)

Theme: borderless travel, sacred art, culture

Bautzen: cathedral, castle
Cunewalde: village church
Görlitz: the Holy Grave (Heiliges Grab)
Ostritz: St. Marienthal Cistercian Abbey (Zisterzienserinnenkloster Marienthal)
Oybin: abbey, Oybin Castle Open-air Museum
Panschwitz-Kuckau: St. Marienstern Cistercian Abbey (Zisterzienserabtei Marienstern)
St. Peter and Paul Church (Kirche St. Peter und Paul)
Zittau: Lent cloths, Fleischerbastei fortress

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