On a pilgrimage, you can collect your thoughts, draw new lifeforce and intensively experience different landscapes. This is certainly true on the Bonifatius Route, which connects Mainz with Fulda, in the west of Germany, over 180 kilometres (112 mi).
You’ll be following the path of the funeral procession for St. Boniface in Fulda in 754. As you hike, be sure to pause in chapels, churches, museums and other cultural sites to learn more about the life of Boniface – all while enjoying fresh air and exercise.
In this Collection, we have divided the route into nine stages. Thanks to the region's excellent l connections to the public transport network, you can also divide the route differently or hike individual stages.
Your pilgrimage begins at the Leichhof in Mainz, which you can easily reach by train or bus. After a visit to the magnificent cathedral, you’ll travel through the culturally rich Rhine-Main region with its many churches. Between the towns, you'll be treated to impressive views of the Frankfurt skyline. Next, it becomes more relaxed as you hike through the fields and orchards of the Wetterau. You’ll pass through quiet forests and past bizarre basalt rocks at the Vogelsberg. The last section takes you through the Fuldaer Land region with its typical half-timbered villages before you reach St. Salvator's Cathedral in Fulda. The main railway station is just a few minutes walk away, making the return journey straightforward.
The stages are long but easy to walk and have only a few metres of altitude. On the way, you’ll pass many refreshment stops and rest areas where you can take a break and recharge your batteries. You’ll find accommodation in the individual stage towns. More information on accommodation can be obtained from the Bonifatius Route e.V. association: bonifatiusroute.de/gastgeber (in German). Accommodation can be limited in places, so it’s best to book in advance.
Thanks to the good connections to the RMV network, you can always reach the next largest city quickly by bus and train. So that you can divide up or shorten the Bonifatius Route flexibly, we have marked those stations and bus stops in the Tours that are located along the route. It's best to download the RMVgo app to get the best possible timetable information and to buy your ticket directly: sites.rmv.de/en/rmvgo.
So, why not take the time for a pilgrimage and follow in the footsteps of St. Boniface? It’s the perfect opportunity to discover history and nature.
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Last updated: June 13, 2023
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