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The Elizabeth Path

Retracing the steps of St. Elizabeth – three ecumenical paths to faith

Three routes in Hesse are dedicated to St. Elizabeth, who, in acts of exemplary selflessness, cared for those whose lives had taken a cruel turn: the poor, the sick and the needy. The Elizabeth Paths start in three different places – Frankfurt, Eisenach and Cologne – yet all roads lead to St. Elizabeth's Church in Marburg.

Her good deeds have gone down in history. For example, the time when she carried bread in her apron from Wartburg Castle to feed the poor. When her husband asked her what she was carrying, her apron opened and there lay roses instead of bread...

Although Saint Elizabeth of Thuringia was born into one of the most powerful dynasties of her time, she devoted herself, and all of the resources available to her, to the less fortunate. Elizabeth's life prompted others to reflect upon their own lives, so taking a pilgrimage along the Elizabeth Paths is perfect for this kind of meditation. Whereas the Elizabeth Path from Frankfurt to Marburg is Germany's first pilgrimage route, parts of the other two trails follow the major St. James' Way network. Marburg is the final destination for the routes starting in Frankfurt, Eisenach and Cologne, although the Elizabeth Path from Cologne also takes in two of Europe's major historical places of pilgrimage: Cologne Cathedral, with the Shrine of the Three Kings, and St. Elizabeth's Church, which was built in honour of Saint Elizabeth and houses a shrine to her. After the Reformation, the church was converted to Protestantism. The church's conversion to a different denomination had no impact on her adoration – she was held in high esteem for her benevolence by all, regardless of their religious affiliation. The three Elizabeth Paths are also designed with this in mind – as ecumenical paths to faith, to humanity and to the inner self.

The Elizabeth Paths

Elizabeth Path 1

Total length of route: approx. 130 km

Starts: Sachsenhausen in Frankfurt, Church of the Teutonic Order

Ends: Marburg, St. Elizabeth's Church

Arrival options: Frankfurt am Main Central Station

Departure options: Marburg

About the route: signposted with an "E" on a red background

Elizabeth Path 2

Total length of route: approx. 190 km

Starts: Eisenach, Wartburg Castle

Ends: Marburg, St. Elizabeth's Church

Arrival options: Eisenach Central Station

Departure options: Marburg

About the route: follows part of the St. James' Way pilgrimage route (indicated by a scallop shell). Please note: the route forks off in places. The Elizabeth Path is signposted with an "E" on a red background

Elizabeth Path 3

Total length of route: approx. 165 km

Starts: Cologne, Cologne Cathedral

Ends: Marburg, St. Elizabeth's Church

Arrival options: Cologne Central Station

Departure options: Marburg

About the route: part of the St. James' Way pilgrimage route (indicated by a scallop shell). Please note: the route forks off in places. The Elizabeth Path is signposted with an "E" on a red background

Pilgrim hostels along the routes?: Yes

For information on guided pilgrimages, accommodation/pilgrim's passports (in German), visit: www.elisabethpfad.de

Events

The Schirn building itself is a bit like a modern art work in the heart of Frankfurt's old quarter, a light, angular design contrasting with the grand, red sandstone cathedral and the Römer, the old town hall. This art gallery lies in the heart of the city – and is an important focal point in Frankfurt's cultural life. It is also one of the most celebrated galleries in Germany and in Europe.

Schirn is the Hessian word for a structure such as a hut or a shed, but this belies its significance in the world of art. Since opening in 1986, the Schirn has staged some 200 exhibitions. It has no collection of its own but organises temporary exhibitions and projects on selected themes or the work of individual artists. The themed exhibitions have made most notable contribution to the gallery's international reputation, for instance Viennese art nouveau, Expressionism, Dadaism and Surrealism, the history of photography and subjects such as 'shopping – art and consumerism', and the visual art of the Stalin era. Major retrospectives have honoured artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, Alberto Giacometti, Frida Kahlo, Bill Viola, Arnold Schoenberg, Henri Matisse and Julian Schnabel.

Taking a stance on topical themes and aspects of artistic creation can be said to be the Schirn's hallmark. It aims not only to engage visitors in a meaningful exhibition experience but also to encourage active participation in the cultural discussion.

Upcoming dates:

07.06.2019 - 01.09.2019

07.06.2019 - 01.09.2019

19.06.2019 - 08.09.2019

19.06.2019 - 08.09.2019

26.09.2019 - 12.01.2020

26.09.2019 - 12.01.2020

11.10.2019 - 12.01.2020

11.10.2019 - 12.01.2020

13.02.2020 - 24.05.2020

Venue

Schirn Kunsthalle
Bendergasse
60311 Frankfurt am Main

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.
The Apple Wine Festival has been a big part of the city’s atmosphere for a long time. The people from Frankfurt and their visitors celebrate their national drink with their own Apple Wine Festival and a diverse stage programme.

Upcoming dates:

09.08.2019 - 18.08.2019

Venue

Roßmarkt in Frankfurt am Main
Roßmarkt 12
60311 Frankfurt am Main

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

Most of Frankfurt's museums can be found in close succession along the southern banks of the river Main.

With views of Frankfurt's famous skyline, this is a wonderful place for a stroll – and for a festival. The Museum Embankment Festival attracts around three million visitors every year with its winning combination of art, culture, music and cuisine. Exceptional programmes at the city's museums, live entertainment on stage, and arts and crafts make this event one of the largest festivals of culture in Europe.

Upcoming dates:

23.08.2019 - 26.08.2019

Venue

Museumsufer
Metzlerpark
60594 Frankfurt am Main

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

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