Since 2016 step by step and with many interruptions I go my way of St. James to Santiago de Compostella. For me it is like a test excavation right across Europe apr. 3,000 km long. Supposed and historic pilgrimage are „just“ benchmarks for my self-experiment to encounter (cultural) landsacapes, strangers, myself and of course get a little bit closer to God.
my explored regions so far:
- Berlin/Brandenburg: in the beginning there was a lot of “patch way”. I started in the very centre of Berlin in order to reach the outskirts in the South, followed by Potsdam and Brandenburg an der Havel. The brilliant monastery complex of Lehnin offered me a first pilgrims refuge.
- Saxony-Anhalt: The Way of St. James is well prepared in this German state. At the monastery of Jerichow I crossed the river Elbe and reached Tangermünde, followed by Stendal and the way South to Magdeburg.
- Lower Saxony: From Magdeburg I crossed improvised “the Börde” to reach the old county of Brunswick, and then reached Hildesheim and the Weser Uplands. My first longer hiking tour brought me to the first “real monastery” (Marienrode) and a protestant abbey (Amelungsborn). And I got to know to three UNESCO-World heritage sites: St Mary’s Cathedral and St Michael’s Church at Hildesheim & Fagu-Factory in Alfeld and the high light at the end point in Westphalia: Corvey Abbey.
My next steps (Planning via Komoot):
- Rhine Land:
- Bergisches Land
- Cologne Lowland
- Trier, Mosel/Luxembourg
- La Rioja
— Bernd 🇪🇺 Hüttemann (@huettemann) August 12, 2016