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The JERUSALEM WAY - The World's Longest Peace and Cultural Route!

The JERUSALEM WAY brings together different religions, nations, and cultures in an extraordinary peace project.

The JERUSALEM WAY stands for mutual recognition, tolerance, and an appreciation of different ways of life.

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

A pilgrimage creates opportunities for encounters, breaks down prejudices as well as fears, and strengthens trust – a primal, universal sense of trust! It is through mutual respect and love that we as individuals can reunite across the apparent borders of nationality and religion.

Route On Foot to Jerusalem / Map / GPS

The JERUSALEM WAY – The World‘s Longest Peace and Cultural Route! The route leads from Spain through the heart of Europe and Asia to Jerusalem. Select the country by clicking on the interactive map (above) or on the left side of the menu. 


GPS is been continues available from Spain to Jerusalem since January 2020!

 

We have finished all GPS data (except through Syria)! GPS is online on the website from Finisterre to Budapest and all the other GPS trails are already available on request for the entire further route from Budapest to Jerusalem. Request details by email to gps@jerusalemway.org

 

Markings can already be found in all 15 countries, from Spain to Jerusalem. Of course the path is not (yet) fully marked, but this is being worked on...

 

So since 2020 there is a continuous route for more than 7,000 kilometers / 4,500 miles, from Finisterre to Antakya - the end of the Jerusalem Way Turkey! From there we recommend flying to Amman by plane, as several pilgrims have already done. This will allow pilgrims to continue the route through Jordan / Palestine / Israel – the entire area of the Holy Land.

 

For Jordan / Palestine / Israel (Holy Land) the route is also finished, it is approx. 250 km / 150 mi and has been walked by various pilgrims throughout. 

 

Route overview: Ar-Ramtha – Jerash – Amman – Madaba – Mount Nebo / Mount Moses with stunning views of the Jordan Valley, meditative and picturesque – down to the lowest point of the earth – The Dead Sea – Bethany (baptismal site) – Allenby / King Hussein Bridge (Israel / Palestine border) – Jericho – then up through the Wadi Qelt Valley, passing Saint George Monastery, Judean Desert, Al-Eizariya / Bethany (Tomb of Lazarus), Bethphage, Mount of Olives – Jerusalem.

 

The path is a historically optimal route and fantastic; it leads through the mountain and desert of Judea in the area where once Jesus walked up from Jericho to Jerusalem! So even today, in the 21st century, the pilgrims actually arrive from the historically significant side – on foot at the Mount of Olives! An incredible feeling with a unique view: Jerusalem lies below you!

 

Note: We recommend the MAPS.ME app for navigation; it contains very good maps, information about places, restaurants and attractions, and you can navigate OFFLINE! This is especially important in “roaming” countries.


 

The stretch from Spain to Jerusalem is approx. 7,500 kilometers (4,660 miles) long! Johannes Aschauer (Initiator / Founder JERUSALEM WAY) already went on a pilgrimage along the whole St. James Way from Austria to Finisterre (3,000 km / 1,860 mi) in 2003. Seven years later he set off on foot towards Jerusalem, two fellow pilgrims walked with him: Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Israel/Palestine were the countries the three men crossed together.

 

On this spectacular and extraordinary pilgrimage they followed the paths of the Apostle Paul, as well as historic pilgrimage trails, through fertile plains and barren deserts, on sea coasts and along rivers, and finally arrived half a year later in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve and then in Jerusalem (4,500 km / 2,800 mi). Johannes Aschauer subsequently initiated the beginning of the trail to Jerusalem in Finisterre on Dec. 21, 2012 with the message “From the end through the heart of Europe to the beginning.” He thus founded an international and at the same time world’s longest peace and cultural trail: The JERUSALEM WAY!


The two maps below show the route from Austria and the complete Jerusalem Way / pilgrim way to Jerusalem.

Johannes walked the entire route through these 15 countries, about 7,500 km / 4,600 miles in two parts: in 2003 Austria - Spain and in 2010 Austria - Jerusalem!