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Jakobsweg - best walking routes in Germany in November

Jesso

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Plan Summer (2016)
#1
Hi,

I walked the Camino Frances 2 years ago and loved the experience. Now living in Germany, I would love to love to walk here as well. I am located in Bavaria and have a week of holidays the first week in November.

Has anyone walked in November (I'm in Bavaria)? Are there many pilgrim's places to stay at? Is there accommodation in most towns on the Way or it is necessary to stop at the end of each stage listed on any websites detailing Jakobsweg? I know the Camino Frances has an abundance of accommodation along the way and that you can find accommodation at any town along the way. I don't want to assume the same and find it to be wrong!

As I have just moved to Germany, I have extremely limited German. I am thinking of starting in either Wurzburg or Nuremberg. I will be walking solo.

Thank you for any advice and suggestion!
 

Felipe

Veteran Member
#2
I have a limited experience about pilgrimages in Germany -I did a section of the Munich jakobsweg in March, some years ago. Probably there are more knowledgeable members of the forum. With this caveat, these are my two cents.
I think November could be tough because of the weather -you will need good, tried equipment; and careful planning.
Reservation will be almost mandatory -that depends on the route you choose, but the pilgrim's places I knew were mostly former pilgrims own homes; so, just three or four beds...I spent a night in a benedictine monastery, too. Gasthaus are needed options, sometimes.
Everything is more improvised, more spontaneous than in Spain. More expensive, too.
Guides (online and printed) I know are available only in German. For the former, try here Any good bookshop will have a section about trekking books, including pilgrimages. Same for many trekking shops, as the big Globetrotter franchise. Trekking is very popular, almost imprinted in the Bavarian identity.
As you already probably know, almost everybody under 50 speaks fluent English in cities; but this is not always true in villages, especially in less "touristy" places. People are not so used to pilgrims -you will be seen mostly as another trekking enthusiast. But they will be always polite and will try to help you.
I had a great walk. Hope you enjoy yours, too.
Buen camino!
 
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Felipe

Veteran Member
#3
You should be aware though that this will be very different from a Camino Frances.
Yes, a very different experience. You will be almost certainly alone -I never met another pilgrim. Just crossed a couple of trekkers in a stage, walking in the opposite direction, and that was all.
It was cold and cloudy, with some snow storms. The photo in my avatar, btw, comes from this walk. But the Munich way goes along alpine foothills, so weather could be milder in the plains. Anyway, in my experience, November in Germany requires a really good jacket.
A tip: I got my pilgrim ausweis by mail with the kind Deutsche St Jakobus Gesselschaft It is "donativo".
Do consider the Munich way -the region is beautiful, with many monasteries and churches in the peculiar rococo style.
 

Felipe

Veteran Member
#4
Btw, I liked very much this sign in the jakobsweg. It seems like the announcement of a shoemaker, in old German (or Bavarian dialect) I'd love a translation...

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jl

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances('05, '07), Aragonese ('05), del Norte / Primitivo ('09), Via Tolosana (Toulouse '05), Via Podiensis (Le Puy '07), Via Lemovicensis (Troyes '09), VF ('12), Winter Camino ('13/'14) Cammino d'Assisi ('14) Jakobseweg (Leipzig - Paris '15) San Salvador/Norte ('15) Ignaciano ('16) Invierno ('16)
#5
I have only walked in two areas of Germany Jesso, though none in November. At least walking in Nov you shouldn't have the same tick problem I had walking in Bavaria (Munich to Fussen) in July. Apparently tick fever can be quite an issue in summer in Bavaria. You are living there, and so you would know the likelihood of snow at that time of year. When I returned to walk in Germany in Feb. I began in Leipzig and followed the routes more or less in a straight line across to Cologne. I began walking those routes in the beginning of Feb. and deliberately chose them because they have a lower altitude and therefore there were more villages, thus more infrastructure and less likelihood of being stopped by snowfalls for long periods of time. Albergues were not as easy to find from Munich, but there were quite a few albergues on the way from Leipzig, some quite basic - church floors etc, but also quite cheap. If you click on this link you will access a really good map of Jakobsweg in Germany: -
http://www.deutsche-jakobswege.de/wege-uebersicht.html
You might also consider looking at this route - the Via Romea Germanica.
http://www.viaromeagermanica.com/
I am not sure about pilgrim accommodation, but they have pretty good PDFs with the route marked quite clearly, and this route goes through Bavaria if you are interested. I am planning on walking this route next March, from Stade to Rome. Their contact address has responded to several emails from me, very helpful.
 

Kitsambler

Jakobsweg Junkie
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy 2010-11, Prague 2012, Nuremberg 2013, Einsiedeln 2015, Geneva 2017-18
#6
I am located in Bavaria and have a week of holidays the first week in November..
If you are going to be in Germany for an extended period, there will be many opportunities for walking the Jakobsweg. I started at the Czech border at Eslarn, and walked through Nuremberg, Ulm and Konstanz in several stages over several years. That route connects with the Via Jacobi across Switzerland. Even walking in late May and early June, I was walking alone. I stayed in Gasthause or the occasional monastery.

The weather may be a considerable challenge, with chill and damp a certainty, not to mention the possibility of early snow. Dress in layers and be prepared. On the other hand, you might have a few very fine late fall days too. An extensive assortment of the Conrad-Stein "little yellow books" guidebooks with maps and lodging suggestions can be found in any bookstore in Germany.
 

MinaKamina

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Jacobspad 2017
#7
Btw, I liked very much this sign in the jakobsweg. It seems like the announcement of a shoemaker, in old German (or Bavarian dialect) I'd love a translation...

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Tweaked for a little rhyme & rhythm, not a literal translation, don't use this to learn German!

hiking brings a lot of joy these days
but if the shoe pinches, it's a malaise.
to Rottenburg the road is not long
the shoemaker there will help you along
He patches and repairs in no time at all
also sells new shoes if that is your call
and if something is still wanting then
only the doctor next door is your man
 

gittiharre

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF Austria Czech Le Puy Geneva RLS V. Jacobi V. Regia V. Baltica/Scandinavica Porto Muxia
#9
Hi. I walked the Via Regia a few years ago in August. It is well served with pilgrim accommodation. Quirky feel. Really enjoyed it and met a sprinkling of pilgrims. Not expensive at all, I got by on ave 35 Euros per day. Not sure about the scene in November..
Also walked parts of the via Baltica and via Scandinavica. Less pilgrim oriented but still quite good. Quite a no of places where you can sleep in community centres etc... More expensive than via Regia, ave 45 Euro per night. Not sure about November though....
 

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