The Hildegard of Bingen Trail in Germany

The Hildegard of Bingen Trail in Germany
The Hildegard Trail in Bingen (Bob Sessions photo)

Hildegard Pilgrimage Path

“I love this sign, don’t you? I’ve traveled to a lot of holy places, but Bingen, Germany, is the only place where the pilgrimage route is marked by a nun sign. Hildegard is their most famous resident, and they want to make it easy for pilgrims to follow in her footsteps.

And more people are doing just that, for Hildegard of Bingen is enjoying a surprising career resurgence for someone who’s been dead for nine centuries (for more information on her biography, see The Life of Hildegard of Bingen). Her fan club is certainly diverse: feminists hail her as a foremother, environmentalists praise her views on nature, New Age enthusiasts recognize her as a kindred spirit, and musicians record her chants (the CD A Feather on the Breath of God was a surprise best-seller in 1988). And in 2012 Hildegard was named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XVI, an honor given to only four women saints.”

The Hildegard von Bingen pilgrimage route leads on about 135 kilometers from Idar-Oberstein to Bingen am Rhein and Rüdesheim-Eibingen through the land of Hildegard.

Hildegardweg / Hildegard Pilgrim Path

Itinerary program for a 8-day pilgrimage path (see map)  ~ 8-Strecken-Programm oder 8-Tage-Pilgerwanderweg (von Sonntag bis Sonntag)

  • Erste Strecke             18,7km / 4:7 Std.                                  

Idar-Oberstein – Herrstein – Niederhosenbach – Bundenbach – Hahnenbach

  • Zweite Strecke 6,8km / 1.31 Std.                                 

Hahnenbach – Oberhausen – Kallenfels – Bergen – Kirn – Schloss Dhaun

  • Dritte Strecke 17,7km / 3:39 Std.                               

Schloss Dhaun – Simmertal – Bad Sobernheim – Staudernheim Disibodenberg – Odenheim/Glan

  • Vierte Strecke   12,2 km / 2:38 Std.                              

Disibodenberg – Duchroth – Oberhausen/Nahe – Burg Schlossböckelheim – Waldböckelheim – Burgsponheim – Sponheim

  • Fünfte Strecke 9,1 km / 2:06 Std.                                 

Sponheim – Spabrücken

  • Sechste Strecke             8,4 km / 1:48 Std.                                 

Spabrücken – „Drei-Madonnen-Weg“ –  Schöneberg – Madonnenweg – Stromberg

  • Siebte Strecke 9,8 km / 2 Std.                                       

Stromberg – Bingerbrück

  • Achte Strecke – ca. 5,4 km / 1:02Std.                           

Bingerbrück – Bingen – Eibingen

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Travel writer, Episcopal deacon, and author of the Holy Rover blog at Patheos, Erickson is an engaging guide for pilgrims eager to take a spiritual journey. Her book describes travels that changed her life and can change yours, too.

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