Via Romea: Pilgrimage route from Northern Germany to Rome

    Historic pilgrimage route through the Zugspitze Region

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    • Via Romea alte Handelsstrasse durch die Zugspitz-Region Garmisch-Partenkirchen
    • Wanderurlaub an der Via Romea in der Zugspitz-Region Garmisch-Partenkirchen

    As we know, many roads lead to Rome. The Via Romea Pilgrimage Route is a particularly beautiful one. A total of 44 cities are located along the route that leads from Stade west of Hamburg, across the Alps, and straight through Germany, Austria, and Italy.


    The path Abbot Albert von Stade took on his pilgrimage in 1236 AD as he traveled to see the Pope in Rome has long since faded into obscurity. The pilgrimage route leads through countless German pilgrimage towns - including through Oberammergau, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and Mittenwald in the Zugspitze Region.


    History of the Via Romea

    Abbott Albert of the Marienkloster in Stade had a very special reason for his journey to see the Pope. He wished to convert his monastery into a Cistercian abbey. To do this, he purposefully traveled the approximately 1,600 kilometers (994 miles) from Stade near Hamburg to the Eternal City of Rome. The Pope granted him permission for the reform, but the friars refused.


    In recent years, it has become possible to retrace Abbott Albert von Stade's steps and walk this pilgrimage path to Rome. The Via Romea Pilgrim's Route leads past spiritual structures and through historically and culturally important towns.


    Visit sections of the Via Romea Pilgrimage Route in the Zugspitze Region yourself. Of course, you may choose to only walk along a "small" portion of the pilgrimage path for a unique spiritual experience in the Zugspitze Region. There are numerous accommodations along the pilgrimage route.

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