- 06:4717.5 mi2.6 mph2,050 ft1,975 ft
- Söhni 🏃
After 2017, 2018 and 2019 in a different region in Franconia, this year's pilgrimage took us to the Franconian Forest. A total of 14 people met in the morning at Jörg Sch's. to start the pilgrimage day with an opulent breakfast buffet. Then we went to the starting point, the St. Leonhard von Zeyern Church, on a full stomach. The pilgrimage day was under the motto of the seven I-am-words of the Gospel of John. They describe in strong words and clear symbols the salvation meaning of Jesus for humanity. After a meditation, the group set out and was slowed down on the way to the Radspitze (678 m) through a closed forest path. Since there was no forest work that day, we went over many wonderfully fragrant branches and tree trunks lying on the way to Kirchbühl, a small hill with a chapel. A little further on we reached a free, unwooded place with a grandiose view. In front of us at a distance of 34 km as the crow flies was the Staffelberg, the mountain of the Franconians. After a short rest on the sun loungers and enjoying the view, the path continued up to the summit with the observation tower, which was currently closed to visitors due to construction work. The path led over the Radspitzalm, Mittelberg and Oberehesberg down into the valley to Wartenfels, a small, idyllic place in the Franconian Forest. After the descent, the next ascent (21% !!!) followed up to ceilingreuth with wide, wonderful views of the Fichtelgebirge with Ochsenkopf and Schneeberg. Past the Engerbach and Untere Steinach creeks, we hiked down into the Steinach Valley to the outskirts of Stadtsteinach, where we rounded off the day with a delicious dinner. Then we ended a full day of pilgrimage in good fellowship with a last stop in the Christ Church in Stadtsteinach, which greeted us with a wonderful evening sky. Thanks to Jörg Sch., This year's organizer of the pilgrimage, who designed everything thematically and organizationally in a tried and tested manner, so that the day will be remembered for a long time by all participants.
August 30, 2020
- Söhni 🏃
LENGTH 21.2 km; ASCENT 549 m; DESCENT 439 m; DIFFICULTY medium; TIME 6:42 h
Since the 15th century, large groups of pilgrims have been seeking fourteen saints every year to request the protection of the fourteen holy helpers. The pilgrim embarks on a spiritual “journey”. It is an individual as well as a common form of spiritual being on the road - connected with various challenges, but also rich moments. The way (inwards) is just as important as the goal to reach the place of grace Fourteen Saints: "Come closer, here is sacred ground". The way to the Fourteen Saints is also a picture for our whole life, which we can walk in faith, hope and love - together or alone, in joy or in suffering - towards the goal of a permanent home.
12 wooden sculptures by international artists line the 21 km long pilgrimage route from Seßlach to Vierzehnheiligen. The starting point of the pilgrimage route is the picturesque Seßlach, which is also known as the "Upper Franconian Rothenburg". After a short walk through the winding streets, past the parish church of St. Johannes, you leave the town through the eastern town gate and walk through the rolling hills, slightly downhill into the Itztal, past small idyllic villages. After about 10 km you can make a small detour to the idyllic Großheirath. Beautifully preserved half-timbered houses await the pilgrim here. From the valley of the Itz you first climb over a slight mountain range. From there you have a wonderful view over the Main valley and its surrounding towns and villages. The last section of the path leads past the former Benedictine Abbey of Banz Abbey high up on the Banzberg - the pilgrimage basilica Vierzehnheiligen.
June 28, 2020