Staint James of Compostela
Saxony’s Route of St James of Campostela along the Frankenstrasse
The Route of Staint James of Campostela is the most well-known pilgrimage trail of the world. Since medieval times, pilgrims have been walking along the trail to the grave of the apostle Jacobus, the number of pilgrims increasing continually. The main route, the so-called Camino Frances through the north of Spain begins in the Pyrenees and leads through Jaca, Pamplona, Estella, Burgos and Leon to end in Santiago de Compostella.
However, there are a number of Routes of St James of Campostela in Europe, each of them starting in a different place. One part of the Saxon route from Bautzen via Dresden and Zwickau to Hof leads through Weinböhla. The association Sächsischer Jakobsweg an der Frankenstrasse e.V. has taken on the task to revive this pilgrimage tour. Near the hill Fuchsberg first signs of the hiking trail can be found: a yellow shell on blue ground. The trail starts in Moritzburg through the forest Friedewald, joining the Nordweg from Spitzgrund and Forsthaus Kreyern. The hikers later on walk along the Grenzweg downwards to the centre of Coswig via Coswiger Auenstrasse to finally reach the ferry Kötitzer Fähre. Then Santiago is only 3000 kilometres away.