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The Jerusalem Way is the world's longest pilgrimage and international peace and culture route!

The Jerusalem Way connects religions and peoples in a unique peace project.

The Jerusalem Way stands for mutual recognition and tolerance.

Love, the most powerful force in the universe, penetrates, illuminates everything and builds bridges between all people!


Pilgrims create openness to encounters, dismantle prejudices and fears and strengthen trust - basic trust! The supposed boundaries between peoples and religions can be bridged by individuals with love and mutual respect.

Unken - border DE - Bad Reichenhall - border AT - Hinterreit
23,04 km / ↓ 598 m / ↑ 578 m
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Today a special stage awaits us on the Jerusalemweg, we leave Austria and reach another country on the long way to Jerusalem: The Federal Republic of Germany!


So today we are leaving Austria, because we are crossing a corner of Bavaria that extends deep into the Alpine Republic from the north, the so-called Small German corner. And as an absolute specialty on the 7.000 km route, we will even cross TWO border crossings on one pilgrimage day! We only have a similar situation again much later, namely in the border triangle of Hungary - Croatia - Serbia, here too we have two border crossings in one day. But there are still many kilometers ahead of us.


To the right in the south we see the Berchtesgaden Alps, over which the border with Austria runs. We can thank the Saalach for having milled a path through the Alpine massif for us over the course of time, which can also be walked without alpine training and equipment. It is almost self-evident that this "Little German Corner" has an extensive history in terms of military strategy and customs technology, but would go beyond the scope of this documentation. We cross the Saalach along the Alpine chain and then come to a reservoir in flatter terrain, which is fed by the Saalach. Then we come to Bad Reichenhall, whose prosperity is based on the salt trade (white gold). When King Max II spent his summer vacation in Bad Reichenhall in 1848, reputation and fame were established as an elegant spa in the elegant world. The old salt works or the splendid Kurhaus remind of the eventful history of the city. The numerous churches, large and small, include the St. Zeno Minster as the largest basilica in southern Bavaria, the Church of St. Nicholas with frescoes by Moritz von Schwind and the Carmelite Church of St. Aegidi as the oldest church in the city. The stage location Hinterreit is then again in Austria, we are back in the state of Salzburg, a scenic and historically interesting stage is coming to an end.



Places along the route

Unken - Saalach Bridge - Unterjettenberg - Fronau - Saalachsee - Saalach - Bad Reichenhall - Bavarian Gmain - Grossgmain - ReHa Center - ReHa Pond - Hinterreit


Facts & Figures

Distance: 23,04 km
Difference in altitude: 99 m
Highest point: 566 m
Lowest point: 467 m
Total ascent: 578 m
Total descent: 598 m