Autumn Hike in Tiefental EN, © Lüneburger Heide GmbH/ Dominik Ketz
© Lüneburger Heide GmbH/ Dominik Ketz


The origin of pilgrim walks can be traced back to the tradition of the travelling monks. The word pilgrimage comes from the Latin and means “to or from abroad”. The destinations on the walking tours are special places in remote landscapes but also pilgrimage sites.

Regardless of the spiritual or cultural motives, European pilgrimages are currently in fashion – and not just since the success of Hape Kerkeling’s book recounting his own pilgrim walk. This particular type of hiking trip is relaxing for both mind and body and is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Consciously walking at your own individual pace and moments of silence can transform these pilgrims trails into a truly meditative experience.

Moments of silence and contemplation

The appeal of holiday destination walking routes attracts pilgrims and anyone looking for calm and a slower pace of life. Monasteries and many other Christian sites await on several of the pilgrims trails. Verlässlich geöffnete Kirchen (reliable open churches) provide visitors with opportunities for reflection and contemplation. A European pilgrimage tour is perfect for those looking to combine spirituality with the search for inner peace while walking.

Probably the best known pilgrims trail is the Camino de Santiago and its various offshoots. Nevertheless, there are many other traditional routes or individually mapped paths that are perfect for a pilgrim walk. Pilgrims can stay overnight in local churches or monasteries along the way. Your religious denomination is irrelevant here, meaning everyone receives the same warm welcome. Those who prefer not to walk alone can contact a voluntary pilgrimage chaperone. Among other things, these guides are familiar with some particularly inspiring destinations.


Church in Bargebur, © Helmut Kirschstein / Helmut Kirschstein
© Helmut Kirschstein / Helmut Kirschstein

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