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Pilgrimage routes in Germany

Pilgrimages have a long tradition and a strong future. But there is more than just one St. James' Pilgrimage Way - it is made up of many different routes. Every year, the veneration surrounding St. James' grave in Santiago de Compostela attracts millions of pilgrims from all over the world along a broad network of interwoven pathways throughout the whole of Europe, as it has done for more than 1,000 years. The archetypal pilgrimage sign, the yellow St. James' shell on a blue background is still used as a symbol on most pilgrimage trails. But it is not just the famous routes through France and Spain that attract travellers. Year after year, more and more pilgrims are setting out to explore the regional pilgrimage trails in Germany, following in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims to historical towns and cities such as Trier, Cologne and Aachen with their famous art and cultural treasures. In the 14th century, Aachen was an important pilgrimage site and a gathering point for pilgrims on the German sections of the St. James' Way. But you will also notice simple hostels, secluded abbeys and modest churches along the way, giving you an insight into the world of medieval pilgrims with their legends, customs, joys and hardships. And being on foot makes the whole experience that much more intense. With regard to luggage, it is advisable to take as much as you need and as little as you can. After all, setting out on a pilgrimage - for personal reasons - has always meant the start of a great adventure.