Some general information about these walks :

Below please find some selected walks – as you maybe know the Way of St. James in Austria – crossing almost the entire country – is offering more than 600km of scenic walks, flat, alpine all in all the variety of the whole countryside of Austria. Of course it depends how long you would like to walk, difficulty levels, in which area – we are happy to made you a tailormade offer to discover this unique pilgrimage trail in Austria. This proposals are a combination of a walking tour on the Way of St. James in Austria and to discover cultural heritage in different areas.

 

  • Every single walk here described is easy to walk, also for elderly people. Each walk takes about 1,5 to 2 hours walking time, distance always around 5km, sometimes up- and downhill, mainly following the ancient roman road.
  • These sample walks have been created with the background of having a own bus (modern AC Bus) who will be with the group throughout their stay and of course a experienced austrian englishspeaking tourguide.

Wachau Valley

After breakfast, we leave our hotel and drive to Wachau in Lower Austria. Some of our journey is along the River Danube before we arrive at the ruins of Aggstein Castle. Here we start our first walk along the Way of St. James.

We walk through the forest enjoying the charming countryside of the Dunkelsteinerwald region to the pilgrimage church and abbey of Maria Langegg. We have a lunch break at Klosterstueberl, one of the official places of hospitality along the Way of Saint James.

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Linz and Wilhering Abbey

We spend the morning in Linz – our tour will include the Danube, the old part of the city as well as Martinskirche, which dates back to the 8th century. We end the morning celebrating the Eucharist at Martin Luther Church.

After a lunch break, we drive towards Wilhering and take our second walk along the Jacobsweg – the path takes us through dense forest ending up at the monastery of Stift Wilhering – the collegiate 12th century Cistercian Abbey. We then continue by coach to Salzburg.

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Salzburg and Lake District

We drive to Oberhofen on Lake Irrsee in the Lake District. We visit the parish church and then continue our walk along the Way of St. James. Our walk today gives us lovely views across as far as the Alps (if it is clear!) as we walk through fields and farmland.

We pass the Hager Kapelle (Hager Chapel) where we stop for devotions. The Hager Kapelle was named after an Austrian pilgrim and is a well-known stop on the Way of St James. We walk on to Mostheuriger Eisl, another official pilgrimage inn where we stop for our lunch break.

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Alpine Salzburg region

Morning walking tour of Salzburg with a licenced guide, we see the historic old town including the Salzburg Cathedral and the Festival District. We board our bus to drive to the traditonal village of Unken where we arrive at around noon for a lunch break and a short visit of the local parish church.
We start our walk on the way of St. James leading from Unken along the river Saalach to Reith where our bus will pick us up. Some say that this part of the way of. St James in Austria is one of the beautiful ones. After the walk we board our bus and drive to the pilgrim church of Maria Kirchenthal.

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Tirol and Innsbruck

In the morning, we drive to Innsbruck including a walking tour. We pick up our historical landmarks such as the golden roof, the Court Church with ist stunning bronze statues and Innsbruck cathedral (St. James).
After the tour of Innsbruck we board our bus to drive to Karres (Imst region) where we will have a light lunch at the official pilgrimage inn Gasthof Traube in Karres on the way of St. James. From there we start our walk (approx 1,5 hrs) along the way of St. James to the village of Roppen (as is it quite steep we go the other way round).

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