The VIA ROMEA GERMANICA
...is a 2,220 km long pilgrimage route from Stade to Rome. The route leads the pilgrims on historical paths according to records of Abbot Albert of Stade from the 13th century;
...connects three European countries (Germany, Austria and Italy), the North Sea with the Mediterranean Sea;
...makes it possible to get to know diverse cultural landscapes, historical trade and travel routes as well as the history of Christianisation;
...offers real, authentic, honest, lasting experiences and above all meetings of people who are on the way and people who live along the way;
...attaches great importance to respect for hosts, pilgrims, landscapes, needs, beliefs: "You make a pilgrimage with respect";
...contributes to peace through the coalescence of European nations.
Today, the VIA ROMEA GERMANICA connects a considerable number of historical places, proud Hanseatic cities and free imperial cities, geology and nature parks. It connects unique natural landscapes from the North Sea over the Harz and the Danube region over the Alps to Rome. It connects people from three European countries, two languages, countless dialects and ethnic groups, it combines historically grown roots with diversity in cuisine, customs and tradition and thus draws from a rich art and cultural-historical treasure of Europe.
Europe does not come from papers, but from people who are open to meeting people from other countries and cultures, with other languages and ways of life. As today's "path of encounters", the VIA ROMEA GERMANICA wants to set in motion, in ecumenical openness, now and for future generations, old and young people, whether as pilgrims, hikers or travellers, in order to overcome various boundaries, to value different cultures in their individual character, but also to reconnect their peoples through the recognition of common traditions and values, and possibly to find "themselves", i.e. their own spiritual or human identity.
The VIA ROMEA GERMANICA is currently applying to the Council of Europe to become a European Cultural Route.