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Hemma Pilgrimage Route Admont

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St. Hemma was born around 980 as Countess of Friesach-Zeltschach; charity and philanthropy made her well-known among the population. With her wealth, she also founded the Benedictine monasteries of Gurk and Admont. The latter houses the largest monastery library in the world - and is always worth a visit.
Not all of the Styrian pilgrimages have Mariazell as their destination. Here, we show you another variant to gain new strength, inspiration and become one with yourself and God's beautiful nature. Starting from Admont Abbey, the Hemma Pilgrimage Trail leads to Gurk in Carinthia, where St. Hemma is buried in the cathedral crypt. Her veneration goes back to a centuries-old tradition in Carinthia, Styria and Slovenia. She was born around 980 as the Countess of Friesach-Zeltschach, and her charity and philanthropy made her well-known among the population.

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The tour in numbers

challenging
Level of difficulty
186,9 km
Route
59:00 h
Duration
5802 hm
Ascent
5771 hm
Descent
1988 m
Highest point
620 m
Lowest point

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From Admont, the salt trail leads via Zirnitz to the church of Frauenberg, which is enthroned above the Enns. The tour continues via Selzthal and in the face of Strechau Castle to Lassing. Next stops are Irdning, Winklern and the Kalvarienberg. Hiking trail no. 4 then leads us to Donnersbach at the foot of the Planneralm and on to Donnersbachwald at the foot of the Riesneralm.

From the idyllically situated village of Donnersbachwald, the trail leads us further to the Glattjoch Chapel. Here, at the highest point of the pilgrimage trail at 1,988 metres, a wide panoramic view of the magnificent mountain world of the Tauern opens up. This "primeval path" over the Glattjoch was once used by the muleteers. They are considered the first transporters of salt and wine across the Alps. Now, the trail heads downhill via the Schöttlkapelle chapel to Oberwölz. From here, the trail continues on to Butterer Kreuz on the Kammersberger Höhe and then downhill to St. Peter am Kammersberg.

Via the Stolzenhütte, we heads to the Stolzalpen peak and then descend to Murau, a small historic town. Next stop: St. Lambrecht in the natural Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen with its beautiful monastery. From here, we head uphill towards Lake Auerling and the Carinthian border and on to Ingolsthal and Metnitz. Via the pilgrimage church of St. Wolfgang and St. Peter ob Gurk, we head to Gurk, our destination.

Accessible by train and bus.

Detailed information about arriving by ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) can be found at www.oebb.at or on the Verbundlinie Steiermark website www.busbahnbim.at

With Verbundlinie’s BusBahnBim route planner app, planning your journey has never been easier: simply enter towns and/or addresses, stop names or points of interest to check all bus, train and tram connections in Austria. The app is available free of charge for smartphones – on Google Play and in the App Store

Kostenlose Parkplätze im Zentrum von Admont - westlich des Rathauses bzw. Informationsbüros - und beim Bahnhof Admont.

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What the weather will be like

Ranten (912m)

Morning
21°C
15%
5 km/h
Noon
24°C
90%
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Night
20°C
90%
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Dry and fair in the early morning, later frequent thunderstorms.
Morning
18°C
90%
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Noon
22°C
70%
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Night
20°C
95%
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Frequent thundery showers, and in between a chance of a little bit sunshine.
30.06.2022
18°C 25°C
01.07.2022
14°C 27°C
02.07.2022
14°C 26°C

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