Tirol and Innsbruck
In the morning, we drive to Innsbruck to start our walking tour. We pick up our historical landmarks such as the golden roof, the Court Church with its 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).
Along the trail we see a varied landscape with large forest areas and upper meadows with spectacular views as far as the Tyrolean peaks. Our tour ends at the village of Roppen where we will again board our bus and short drive (approx 30 minutes) to the famous church of Locherboden.
Time for a coffee break at a Tyrolean inn nearby the pilgrim church of Maria Locherboden.
Innsbruck is called the City of the Alps and offers a unique mosaic of cultural history: the city has been shaped by the past but still continues to evolve with the times. Today, the magnificent and imperial historic buildings in the city centre meet attractive and ground breaking modern landmarks. Several of Innsbruck’s buildings are world famous, for example the Bergisel Ski Jump by Zaha Hadid and the Golden Roof. City highlights also include the Imperial Palace and the Tirol Panorama Museum, as well as the Court Church, Ambras Castle, the City Tower, St. James’ Cathedral, Wilten Abbey Basilica and Maria Theresien Street – all are well worth a visit!
Village names on the way are often decorated with a scallop crest (the symbol of the route) and weathered milestones also testify to the centuries old history of St. James pilgrims in the Tirol.It is not surprising then, that you can experience this pilgrimage in its purest form along the section which runs through Tirol. Well away from the crowds, in the midst of wonderful natural landscapes, majestic mountain peaks and themed trails that invite you to linger, wonder and reflect.