Michelberg, © Weinviertel Tourismus / Mandl

4th day stage: Großrußbach to Stockerau

24.9 km from Großrußbach to Stockerau

On the fourth day of your pilgrimage, you march along the Way of St. James in the Weinviertel region from Großrußbach to Stockerau. The 24.9 km stretch takes you through Harmannsdorf, over Mount Michelberg at Niederhollabrunn and through Leitzersdorf.

Starting point of the fourth day stage of the Way of St. James in the Weinviertel region is Großrußbach. Here - at the halfway point  - you will find yourself at the entrance to the romantic Kreut valley. In the three-naved parish church from the 15th century you can, just like in all the other churches on the way, get a stamp in your pilgrimage pass.

On the way to Mount Michelberg

The path leads you on to Weinsteig, where a beautiful resting spot decorated with a statue of St. James shortly before the entrance to the town invites one to linger. After this, you continue your hike to Karnabrunn - the wine growing estate Scheit offers a special Way of St. James wine you should not miss. Karnabrunn also captivates with its church of the Holy Trinity. The church where the pilgrimage movement in the Weinviertel region originated is well worth a visit. Continue in the direction of Niederhollabrunn, where you take a turn in the direction of Michelberg at the end of the forest. Take the chance to regain your strength with a so called pilgrim's roll especially created for the Way of St. James in the Weinviertel region by Labschütz bakery in Niederhollabrunn. Continue through Rohr forest. Rohr forest's trees provide pleasant shade which is a real treat for pilgrims on a hot day. A marshy clearing requires - depending on the season and the current weather - water proof boots. Mount Michelbeg follows Rohr forest and the views unfolding before your eyes make all the exhaustion fade away, invite one to linger and regain one's strengths for the rest of the way.

St. James' church in Leitzersdorf

With recharged batteries, you hike over Mount Waschberg which is located in the middle of the Natura 2000 protected area Weinviertel cliff zone and on to Leitzersdorf. Its wildlife is very impressive - rare orchids grow along the path and the variety of animal species is captivating. When you reach Leitzersdorf, you are welcomed by the Leitzersdorf St. James' church - after Falkenstein the second St. James' church on the Way of St. James in the Weinviertel region. After that you continue your pilgrimage to Stockerau, the finishing point of the fourth day stage.

After the fourth day of pilgrimage, you have tackled more than half of the entire route and the city of Stockerau offers many possibilities to let the day come to an end in a relaxed and delightful way, before you enjoy your overnight stay at one of the Weinviertel region's many accommodation providers so that you can take on the fifth day stage well prepared.

Things worth seeing along the fourth day stage:

  • Kirche Weinsteig
  • Dreifaltigkeitswallfahrtskirche Karnabrunn
  • Ausgrabungen am Michelberg
  • Jakobskirche Leitzersdorf
  • Pfarrkirche Niederhollabrunn
  • Pfarrkirche Haselbach
  • Stadtpfarrkirche Stockerau
  • Bezirksmuseum Stockerau