Pilgrimage Route Loccum-Volkenroda
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St. Martini Kirche in JühndePhoto: Ralf König, CC BY, Göttinger Land
This pilgrimage trail connects the former Cistercian monasteries of Loccum in Lower Saxony and Volkenroda in Thuringia over a distance of almost 260 km. Through a varied natural landscape, the trail passes numerous monasteries and ruins.
Along the Weser, Leine and Unstrut, over the Weser mountains, Vogler and Solling and through the Eichsfeld, the pilgrimage route follows historical tracks from Loccum to Volkenroda. The pilgrimage route was founded in 1163, when 12 monks and their abbot set off from Volkenroda to the north to found a new monastery in the Cistercian tradition. After that, the abbot from Volkenroda went on an annual visitation to Loccum Monastery. Since almost nothing is known about the actual route of the clergy, this pilgrimage route was newly created: Start and destination were known. On the way through the wonderful countryside, you pass numerous monasteries and monastery ruins, other buildings and the former inner-German border. The pilgrimage route is marked with a purple wheel cross on a white background, the model for which can be found in the gatehouse of Loccum Monastery.
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