Hemma pilgrimage route

Hemma pilgrimage route

from Admont to Gurk (186.6 km)

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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.

Length: 186.6 km
Duration: 59 h
Elevation: 7077/7047 m
Grade: 3/5

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