Pilgrimages in Austria
Going on pilgrimages has a long tradition and a long future at the same time! Those who go on a pilgrimage today in order to gain new and different perspectives are looking to encounter people, culture and nature. Embark on one of the pilgrimage routes to learn how to experience life from another perspective. Enjoy the most beautiful landscapes in Styria and above all discover a piece of yourself.
Probably the most impressive and beautiful pilgrimage leads to Mariazell, a very contemplative little town in Upper Styria on the border with Lower Austria. The appearance of Mariazell seems to contradict every characterisation that the emissary bishop Egon Kapellari, the diocesan bishop of the Graz-Seckau diocese until 2015, likes to use for the place of grace. It is as follows: "Mariazell is a truly European town". And yet it is so. More than one million pilgrims visit the town annually. About a quarter of them walk on foot to see the 47 centimetre tall and nearly 850 year old statue of Mary made of lime wood, which is known as the Magna Mater Austriae.