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way cross

From the Jakobskirche in Neustadtl, the path first goes downhill, past this way cross towards Kollmitzberg, which can soon be seen in the distance. We follow the yellow arrows with the inscription

österreichischer Jakobsweg, Abschnitt Mostviertel

Austrian Way of St. James, section Mostviertel


After one hour the church is already well visible, the ascent to the "mountain" begins.

Kirche am Kollmitzberg

Then we are at the church dedicated to St. Ottilie. From the cemetery you have a wonderful panoramic view of the Alps.

Panorama Kollmitzberg


Ottilien Brunnen

The Ottilien Brunnen helps against eye problems. I don't know if you have to drink the water or rub your eyes to get it to help.


There is a Nepomuk window in the church and of course St. Ottilie is omnipresent.

Blick auf die Donau

We continue in a westerly direction. Here a view of the Danube valley.

Vreni bergab

Vreni marches exhilarated downhill.

Brücke mit Nepomuk

Soon the monastery of Ardagger is reached. The path leads over a bridge with Nepomuk ...

Nepomuk vor Stift Ardagger

... up to the monastery, where we are also greeted by a nepomuk.

Kirche vom Stift Ardagger

The Ardagger Stift was founded in 1049 by Emperor Henry III and his wife Agnes of Poitou. It is the same Henry III who survived the collapse of the floor of the hall in the Persenbeug Castle in 1045 into the bathing room below.

During a hunt here the empress gave birth to a daughter (Mathilde). The happy birth is said to have been the reason for the foundation of the monastery.

The bishop of Freising was given the task of establishing a spiritual community here in honour of St. Margaret. Thus a three-nave pillar basilica was built, which was consecrated in 1063.

On the left of the picture you can still see a part of the medieval granary, which today houses a museum.

Innenansicht der Kirche vom Stift Ardagger

A view into the interior of the church. In the background the famous Margaret window, made around 1234, depicting scenes from the life of St. Margaret.


Nepomuk in der Kirche

Of course I am happy about another Nepomuk.

romanische Krypta, Stift Ardagger

The Romanesque crypt.


After a well-deserved lunch break, the trail leads uphill once again to Pfaffenberg. We pass some wayside shrines. Clouds are coming up!


The clouds are becoming more threatening. In the space above the Danube it flashes and thunders quite violently. There is a strong wind coming up also with us. The storm is imminent. Vreni flees to a farm, where Anna is our guardian angel. She saves us from the storm and even takes us by car to Zeillern (4km).

Gasthof Schlossinsel in Zeillern

The rain was extremely heavy and we are happy about the pilgrims' hostel in Gasthof Schlossinsel.

Jakobuskirche in Zeilern

After the rain we visit the church of St. James.


On the high altar there is a scene of James, condemned to death, laying hands on the converted priest Abiathar on the way to the place of judgment in Jerusalem.

Schloss Zeillern

In Zeillern Castle, which is largely a hotel, there is a lot of music and singing. A music week is currently taking place.


Empress Maria Theresa decreed the planting of fruit trees along country and district roads in 1763. The importance of must production reached its peak in the 19th century. Yards surrounded by 1000 or more fruit trees are not uncommon.

The first expert on must known by name was Philipp Jakob von Grünthalern, lord of the castle in Zeillern around 1600, who stated in his "Haushaltsungsbüchel für junge Eheleute" (book for young married couples): "Of the wild Leibsbirn (pear), also other pears, the best cider is made so late in the day. Early fruit is not good for it. Try it, then praise it."