On this page, we provide a short description of pilgrimage routes that either start at or pass close by Admont Abbey.
Hemma pilgrimage route – from Admont to Gurk (186.6 km)
St. Hemma was born in 980 as Countess of Freisach-Zeltschach and was the founder of the Benedictine abbeys in Gurk and Admont. Commencing at Admont Abbey, the Hemma pilgrimage route leads to Gurk in Carinthia, where St. Hemma is buried in the crypt of the cathedral. She has been venerated in Carinthia, Styria and Slovenia for centuries. Although she was born a countess, she used her great wealth for the benefit of the poor and to establish numerous ecclesiastical foundations.
The pilgrimage route is divided into seven stages, although, of course, anyone who decides to walk the route can plot their path as they wish. The route passes by many places of interest which the walker should take time out to view. At the very beginning is Admont Abbey with its library, the largest monastery library in the world. Among the natural attractions of the route are undoubtedly the crossing of the Niedere Tauern range via the Glattjoch with the stage end point in Oberwölz, Styria’s smallest town with its much-admired historical centre surrounded by the impressive town walls.
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The Benedict route from Spital am Pyhrn to Gornji Grad in Slovenia (126.1 km)
The Benedict route was created in 2009 to mark the 200th anniversary of the resettlement of St. Paul’s Abbey in Lavanttal. It bears the name of the founder of the Benedictine order, St. Benedict of Nursia. The route starts in Spital am Pyhrn and leads via Admont, Seckau, Maria Buch, Wolfsberg, St. Paul’s Abbey and Slovenj Gradec to Gornji Grad in Slovenia.
The section of the Benedict route that passes through Styria takes the walker from ecclesiastical site to ecclesiastical site – from Admont via Seckau to Carinthia. The natural highlights of the route are the Gesäuse National Park and the crossing of the Niedere Tauern range. Nature and culture alternate and there are also picturesque little towns to add to the interest of the journey.
For more information, please go to www.benedikt-bewegt.at.
Click here for a detailed description of the Benedict route
For more information on individual pilgrimage routes, go to www.pilgerwege.at.