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In 2007 it was still quite difficult to find the way. This is shown by the entries in the pilgrim's book of the Bucher Inn in Würmla. Almost every second pilgrim or group of pilgrims got lost. But that was once. In the meantime, exactly from 10th April 2011 on the path was signposted and now runs a little differently.

Between Ried and Sieghartskirchen the Jakobsweg now runs next to the Elsbach. A new path has been created. It is also a little shorter and you can save yourself the small climb.

Weg im Feld

Right after Ried the old path leaves the main road. A blue scallop confirms that we are right. We make rapid progress along side paths that are well described in the guide and run parallel to the main road.


Sonnenblumen

The sunflowers shine and wave at us.


Ortsschild Sieghartskirchen

Shortly before Sieghartskirchen we return to the main road. Does Sieghartskirchen greet its pilgrims here?


Nepomuk Statue in Sieghartskirchen

Saint Nepomuk guards the bridge over the small Tulln in Sieghartskirchen.


Pfarrkirche Sieghartskirchen

The parish church is dedicated to St. Margarethe. It was originally Romanesque, was rebuilt several times and is now baroque inside.


romanisches Portal Sieghartskirchen

The entrance portal points to the late Romanesque origin.


Nepomuk Statue Kirchenplatz Sieghartskirchen

In front of the church there is another Nepomuk.


riesiger Jakobsweg Wegweiser in Sieghartskirchen

You can't miss where the Way of St. James goes.


The path described in the book by Peter Lindenthal leads in a straight line over the Heuberg. It is much shorter and more direct than the newly signposted Way of St. James. Probably Dietersdorf also wanted to profit from the blessing of the Way of St. James. I would go over the Heuberg in dry weather, otherwise the signposted path is recommended, because it avoids the muddy stretch.


Sonnenblumen am Jakobsweg

After a long ascent on the Lindenthalschen Weg (approx. 120 metres in altitude) in the hot midday sun, we were looking forward to the shady forest that is visible here.
The joy did not last long, because the now almost hollow path became more and more muddy (Austrian: gatschiger). We had to walk beside the path through the dense forest.


Wegkreuz

After the "Gatsch" (mud) stretch we passed this way cross.


Siegersdorf

Finally, Siegersdorf. Vreni dreams of an ice cream parlour (Glace) and increases the speed.


Jakobsbrunnen in Siegersdorf

Refreshment was only available at the Jakobusbrunnen (St. James fountain) in Siegersdorf.


Rast im Wald

After Siegersdorf and the crossing of the big Tulln, an ascent in the forest begins on the other side of the valley. The entrance can only be found by reading the guide carefully. Then many small wooden plaques show the way. There is also one above our resting place. But it is not always easy to find the wooden plaques.


Bildeiche Jungfrau von Medjugorje

Towards the end of the ascent there is a fork in the path. This is not described in the guide. One branch leads to the left to a clearing, the other one stays in the forest and goes slightly downhill. I think this is the place where many pilgrims get lost. We stood there for a long time, looked in vain for a wooden plaque, consulted the guide and the map and decided on the right-hand path, which leads slightly downhill, because it was a little more straightforward and therefore seemed to correspond more to the map.

This was a good thing, because the path that later ascended again crossed another one and led to the holy oak with a statue of the Virgin of Medjugorje. Several benches invite you to rest there.


Materl Eiserne Hand

From now on the path is really well marked. The washed-out red-white-red markings mentioned in the guide shine in fresh colours, yellow arrows and the wooden plaques show the way.
The trail continues evenly, or slightly downhill to the "Iron Hand" and from there downhill (in case of doubt keep downhill and left).


Weg nach Würmla

Here we walk towards our destination before Holzleiten.


Würmla

Würmla is reached. We stayed overnight at the Gasthof Burger and thank for the warm welcome and the good dinner.

In the vicarage behind the church we received the pilgrim's stamp and had a stimulating conversation with Father Resch, who looks after the pilgrims here.

He also gave us an information sheet for pilgrims regarding accommodation in Paudorf. The pilgrim brotherhood St. Altmann runs a pilgrims hostel (mattress camp). They can be reached under the Austrian mobile phone number 0664 63 46 176.


Gasthof Burger in Würmla

In the picture the parish church St. Ulrich and the Burger Inn. In the baroque interior of the church there is a copy of the Mariahilf picture at the main altar.


In this church in Würmla my great-great-grandfather Josef Eichinger married the great-great-grandmother Katharina Linder on June 4, 1817!


Mariahilf Bild in Würmla

Mariahilf picture in the parish church of Würmla

Mariahilf Bild in Wien Mariahilf

Mariahilf picture, Vienna Mariahilf

Mariahilfbild von Lucas Cranach

Mariahilf picture, Church of St. James Innsbruck



PS: The entries in the pilgrim's book of the Bucher Inn deal with the topic "Gatsch" (mud) and "Verirrt" (lost). One entry deals with four hours wandering lost in the forest. But that was in times before the continuous marking of the Way of St James.