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Frequently asked questions

FAQs – basic information summarised

A lot of questions arise when preparing for a pilgrimage along the Way of St. James in the Weinviertel region. Here, you will find the answers!

Where exactly is the route of the Way of St. James in the Weinviertel region marked on a map?

The route of the Way of St. James is marked in blue on the Entdeckerkarte Weinviertel (discoverer's map of the Weinviertel region).  You can also find a more detailed description in the book Jakobswegweiser (Guide to the Way of St. James) which is available in bookstores (ISBN 978-3-7056-1676-9) and at Weinviertel Tourismus GmbH for EUR 12.90. The guide to the Way of St. James is the ideal companion on your individual pilgrimage.

The length of the Way of St. James in the Weinviertel region

The Way of St. James in the Weinviertel region has a total length of approx. 153 km from Drasenhofen to Krems an der Donau. You can find route suggestions in the section on routes and stages.

What about food during the hike?

The section room and board provides you with a list of all catering businesses along the Way of St. James including their opening hours. The path leads you through a region which is not completely developed for tourism. Please take enough water as well as snacks on your journey.

Don't walk forest sections in the afternoon or evening for if you get tired it will be become difficult to tackle the rest of the stage.

Where can I stay the night?

There are many private accommodation providers and hotels along the Way of St. James in the Weinviertel region where you can relax after a day of hiking. You can find all the accommodation offers in the room and board section.

What is it with the scallop shell?

The scallop shell is and always was the symbol of pilgrims heading to Santiago de Compostela and also serves as a symbol for pilgrims along the Ways of St. James today.

You can order the symbol in the form of a necklace at Weinviertel Tourismus GmbH. Price per item: EUR 3

Where can I get the pilgrimage pass?

In addition to your guide to the Way of St. James in the Weinviertel region, you can get the Austrian pilgrimage pass for EUR 2.50 at Weinviertel Tourismus GmbH. You can obtain an international pilgrimage pass under www.jakobswege-a.eu

Where can I collect pilgrimage stamps?

In every church along the way - it's 39 in total - you will find a prayer list with a preface by Cardinal Dr. Christoph Schönborn. There, you will also find the pilgrimage stamp. When in Mikulov, inquire about the pilgrimage stamp at the tourism information point on the main square. You can also collect a pilgrimage stamp in the education centre in Großrußbach.

Is there a certificate for the Way of St. James?

Every pilgrim who has completed more than 100 km on the Way of St. James in the Weinviertel region is entitled to request a pilgrimage certificate including a sew-on patch and pin at the Austrian Way of St. James association. Find out more about this under www.jakobswege‐a.eu 

Can one also ride the Way of St. James on a bicycle?

No

Can one also ride the Way of St. James on horseback?

No

Planning & organising your individual pilgrimage

We gladly plan and organise your pilgrimage on the Way of St. James in the Weinviertel region for you. Send your request to incoming@weinviertel.at or call us under +43 2552 3515

How can one get to the start point (Drasenhofen) by public transport?

Alternative 1: Take the Schnellbahn (rapid transit railway) from Vienna's Floridsdorf district to Laa/Thaya, from there the bus to Drasenhofen.

Alternative 2: Take the Schnellbahn (rapid transit railway) from Vienna's Floridsdorf district to Mistelbach, from there a taxi.

Find more information under: www.oebb.at

Pre-pilgrimage check list:

You will find a suggestion for a packing list in the packing list section.

Are you starting in Mikulov? - Don't forget to bring your passport
We recommend to have yourself vaccinated against tick bites before going on your journey.