In 1236, Abbot Albert of Stade travelled to Pope Gregory IX. in order to effect a monastery reform at his Benedictine monastery of the Virgin Mary in Stade. In his "Annales Stadenses", he documents the most important ecclesiastical and political events of his time. A dialogue of two monks on the best way for a pilgrimage to Rome is embedded in there. In this dialogue (Itinerary), Albert von Stade describes his own trip to Rome, with all rest areas and precise distance information between the places.
He names 28 towns only in Germany. A duplicate of this document from the 14th century can be found in the Herzog August Library at "Wolfenbüttel". The anthropologist, Prof. Giovanni Caselli from Italy, finds this itinerary about 770 years later. Giovanni Caselli and a German theologian, Dr. Uwe Schott, invited the German mayors of these 28 towns mentioned to a meeting in Ochsenfurt in March 2008. This is the beginning of the restoration of this ancient pilgrim route from Stade to Rome.
Meanwhile, the entire historical route has been explored. International understanding, interreligious dialogue and fostering of peace are the objectives of the "VIA ROMEA" - the route of encounters.
The pilgrim route "VIA ROMEA GERMANICA" is divided into 54 daily stages within Germany. The individual stages can be found via the following links.
You go on a pilgrimage on your own accord.
You go on a pilgrimage on your own responsibility.
You go on a pilgrimage with respect for your fellow pilgrims.
You go on a pilgrimage with respect for your hosts.
You go on a pilgrimage with respect for the landscape.
You go on a pilgrimage with respect for the animal and plant life.
You go on a pilgrimage with respect for the needs of your body for water, food and sleep.
You go on a pilgrimage with respect for the spiritual needs of others and yourself.
You go on a pilgrimage with respect for the community in faith, love and hope.
You go on a pilgrimage on a pilgrim route, a heritage of the Christian cultural scene, where others
will be pilgrims after you;
you go an a pilgrimage with respect.
(Author: Thomas Dahms)
Some sections run on low-traffic link roads. Take care.
Sturdy shoes. Clothes adapted to the weather.
If there are questions on the pilgrim trail, the support association of the VIA ROMEA will be happy to help.
Förderverein "Romweg - Abt Albert von Stade" e.V.
c/o Bürgermeister Andreas Memmert (1. Vorsitzender)
Am Weinberg 9
Deutschland / Germany
The places along the VIA ROMEA are all accessible by car. Some of them are located in immediate vicinity of federal motorways or federal roads. Partly, country roads have to be used in order to get to some stages.
Sufficient parking is available everywhere.