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In addition to four Jakobskirchen, many other churches adorn the Jakobsweg Weinviertel.
Whether for a brief reflection or for the purpose of architectural fascination: churches have a very special attraction for many pilgrims. On a hike along the Jakobsweg Weinviertel you will pass numerous places of worship.
Our 10 recommendations along the Jakobsweg Weinviertel
We would like to recommend the following 10 tips to you:
- Jakobskirche Falkenstein
In the midst of idyllic vineyards, at the foot of the imposing Falkenstein castle ruins, you will find the parish church of St. Jakob in Falkenstein. The church shines in the style of the early baroque and is consecrated to James the Elder. The interior design is as impressive as its external appearance. Pilgrim enthusiasts can look forward to the landmark of the Jakobskirche inside the church - a Gothic Madonna made of sandstone and a rare depiction of the Holy Trinity above the high altar.
- Pilgrimage Church of Maria Bründl
The history of the pilgrimage church Maria Bründl in Wilhelmsdorf - near Poysdorf - as a place of refuge and healing goes back a long time. In gratitude for averting the plague, the community built a chapel in the 16th century. Soon pilgrims came from near and far to wash themselves with the healing waters of the “Bründels”. Due to the large influx of people, construction of today's pilgrimage church began in 1740. It is best to plan a stop on your pilgrimage and learn more about the origins of the pilgrimage church.
- Pilgrimage Church of Maria Rast
Located in the green of Mistelbach, the pilgrimage church Maria Rast - as the name suggests - invites the tireless to a stopover. Maria Rast should not only remind you to take breaks on the journey to yourself, but also serve as a souvenir of times gone by: Maria rests on the flight to Egypt and refugees after the Second World War found a new one in Mistelbach Home where they could find peace.
- Pilgrimage church Oberleis
The Oberleis pilgrimage church in the Leiser Mountains represents a colorful mix of different architectural styles from the epochs. Beginning in the Romanesque style in 1050, the church today also has Gothic and Baroque elements. Behind the church, a designed way of the cross leads to the Oberleiser Berg, from where you have a unique view over the gently rolling expanses of the Weinviertel.
- Pilgrimage Church of Karnabrunn
Visible from afar, the pilgrimage church of the Holy Trinity towers high above Karnabrunn. If it is a place of reflection for believers today, it was built at that time out of gratitude for the averting of the plague that raged in the area around Karnabrunn in 1679. On your way along the Jakobsweg Weinviertel you should not only admire the pilgrimage church from the outside, but also take in the inside of the church. Here the miraculous image on the left side altar invites you to pray.
- Michelberg mountain chapel
One of the many highlights along the Jakobsweg Weinviertel is the Michelberg with its chapel. Having already left half of the way behind you, you have to regain your strength in the chapel and let your eyes glide over the gently rolling expanses of the Weinviertel. The Michelberg was already a popular place of pilgrimage in past epochs, as documented by records from around the 9th century. Due to archaeological finds, the Michelberg now also attracts those interested in history and culture.
- Jakobskirche Leitzersdorf
The Jakobskirche in Leitzersdorf is after Falkenstein the second Jakobskirche along the Jakobsweg Weinviertel. Like the other three Jakobskirchen along the way, the one in Leitzersdorf is dedicated to Jakobus the Elder - the patron saint of pilgrims. The outside of the church is particularly impressive with its Gothic side chapel from the 14th century. In any case, plan a short stop here!
- Pilgrimage Church of Maria Trost
Even from a distance, the silhouette of the pilgrimage church Maria Trost can be seen on the so-called Kirchberg. The parish church is consecrated to St. Stephen and shines in baroque splendor today due to the original Gothic construction due to a Baroque renovation in the 18th century. The name of the pilgrimage church can be traced back to a foundation of the Beer family who, after the birth of a son in 1679, donated a stone column with the Virgin Mary. Today the sculpture of the Virgin is integrated into the high altar.
- Jakobskirche Etsdorf am Kamp
The third Jakobskirche on the Jakobsweg Weinviertel is located in the romantic village of Etsdorf am Kamp. In keeping with the long pilgrimage tradition of the place, the high altar picture of the church from 1876 shows St. James. He is unmistakably portrayed as a pilgrim: In addition to a pilgrim's staff, he also carries the Bible, a water bottle and a scallop shell. To fully absorb the feeling of pilgrimage, you should definitely see this church.
- Jakobskirche Brunn in the field
The fourth and last Jakobskirche awaits you shortly before Krems in Brunn im Felde. The church was first mentioned in a document in 1108, whereas today's building was built in 1783. It is a Josephine hall church with a late baroque nave building and an integrated tower. Particularly worth seeing are the oldest part of the Jakobskirche, the choir, as well as an impressive ribbed vault inside.
Churches are often places of reflection as part of a pilgrimage. Tip: The churches are equipped with stamps that you can collect in your pilgrim pass. In addition, a book of concerns is available in every church.
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