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Jakobsweg, Fulda to Trier

2020 Camino Guides

futurefjp

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Camino(s) past & future
started in 2013 ... the plot thickens ... 2019 is here and my feet are itching!
Two things:

Firstly: I'm going to walk the section of the Jakobsweg from Fulda towards Trier from the start of Lent 2020. Flying to Köln on the 23rd February and setting off on Ash Wednesday. Last time I walked at Lent was in France and it was easy to find accommodation, even off season, but the few times I've tried Germany I've found myself quickly worrying about the cost of Gasthaus, etc: but I'm sure I'll find a way?

And secondly, does anyone in the UK, particularly Yorkshire (Harrogate, Leeds or York) walk the Camino routes and wish to meet up to share tall tales?
 

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
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First: Camino Francés 1999
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Hi @futurefjp I haven't walked that way in Germany, but, just in case you don't know it here is a great site with lots of information http://www.deutsche-jakobswege.de/wege-uebersicht.html the way you are planning to walk is here: http://www.jakobswege-europa.de/wege/fulda-mainz.htm In the bottom right corner are some links to the local German amigos whose sites have also some information.

As for accommodation: I frequently asked in the local parishes if I could camp out in their parish center or similar. I carried a sleeping pad and was also otherwise self-sufficient. I was rarely turned down and have lovely memories of this 'impromptu' accommodations!

BC SY
 

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
started in 2013 ... the plot thickens ... 2019 is here and my feet are itching!
Hi @futurefjp I haven't walked that way in Germany, but, just in case you don't know it here is a great site with lots of information http://www.deutsche-jakobswege.de/wege-uebersicht.html the way you are planning to walk is here: http://www.jakobswege-europa.de/wege/fulda-mainz.htm In the bottom right corner are some links to the local German amigos whose sites have also some information.

As for accommodation: I frequently asked in the local parishes if I could camp out in their parish center or similar. I carried a sleeping pad and was also otherwise self-sufficient. I was rarely turned down and have lovely memories of this 'impromptu' accommodations!

BC SY
The one time I did this previously: over Christmas 2013, the same was true! Thanks for the reminder. I'll definitely pack my sleeping mat.
 

Shinobi42

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino de la Costa from Irun to Nueva 2018
Camino de la Costa from Nueva to Muxia (2020)
Hello Futurefjp,
I am responsible for the final peace of the "Hessischer Jakobsweg" until you cross the Theodor-Heuss bridge between Wiesbaden and Mainz. If you need some assistance for accomodations between Frankfurt and Mainz, feel free to contact me. I would be also interested in some feedback that I would give directly to my fellow "camino godfathers".
 

lovingkindness

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Camino(s) past & future
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Hello @futurefjp
You might like to have a look at the Bonifatius Route as an alternative to walking the Jacobsweg from Fulda to Mainz. I walked this route as an extension of the Oekumenical Weg from Görlitz to Frankfurt am Main in Sept-Oct, 2019. The Bonifatius route spends less time in built up areas than the Jacobsweg. It is rural, in the woods and nature much of the time. It passes through a celtic archeological park near Glauburg . I found somewhere to sleep each night by introducing myself to people I met along the way, by enquiring at municipal offices and church offices.

The tourist office in Fulda suggested I follow the Bonifatius Route rather than the Jacobsweg. They gave me a water resistant strip map of the route. Information can be found here:


Guide book + credential

FAQ

Cheers
Lovingkindness
Übersichtskarte_BonifatiusRoute.jpg
 
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Shinobi42

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Camino de la Costa from Irun to Nueva 2018
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The Bonifatius Route is also an interesting alternative, that is true. Many parts of the Hessischer Jakobsweg and Bonifatius Route share the same ways, the big exception is the city of Frankfurt. So if you are not interested in the only german skyline of international bank skyscrapers, the riverbanks of the Main and some other historical places in this city, then the Bonifatius Route is the better idea. Here is a link to the map:
https://www.rmv.de/c/fileadmin/documents/PDFs/_RMV_DE/Fahrgastinfos/Broschueren/Infomaterial/Rad-_und_Wanderkarten/Rhein-Main-Vergnuegen_Bonifatius-Route_Karte_ALT.pdf
My supported piece of the Jakobsweg between Hochheim and Mainz-Kastel and the Bonifatius Route is completely the same.
 
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futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
started in 2013 ... the plot thickens ... 2019 is here and my feet are itching!
Hello @futurefjp
You might like to have a look at the Bonifatius Route as an alternative to walking the Jacobsweg from Fulda to Mainz. I walked this route as an extension of the Oekumenical Weg from Görlitz to Frankfurt am Main in Sept-Oct, 2019. The Bonifatius route spends less time in built up areas than the Jacobsweg. It is rural, in the woods and nature much of the time. It passes through a celtic archeological park near Glauburg . I found somewhere to sleep each night by introducing myself to people I met along the way, by enquiring at municipal offices and church offices.

The tourist office in Fulda suggested I follow the Bonifatius Route rather than the Jacobsweg. They gave me a water resistant strip map of the route. Information can be found here:


Guide book + credential

FAQ

Cheers
Lovingkindness
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Sounds like a plan!
 

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
started in 2013 ... the plot thickens ... 2019 is here and my feet are itching!
The Bonifatius Route is also an interesting alternative, that is true. Many parts of the Hessischer Jakobsweg and Bonifatius Route share the same ways, the big exception is the city of Frankfurt. So if you are not interested in the only german skyline of international bank skyscrapers, the riverbanks of the Main and some other historical places in this city, then the Bonifatius Route is the better idea. Here is a link to the map:
https://www.rmv.de/c/fileadmin/documents/PDFs/_RMV_DE/Fahrgastinfos/Broschueren/Infomaterial/Rad-_und_Wanderkarten/Rhein-Main-Vergnuegen_Bonifatius-Route_Karte_ALT.pdf
My supported piece of the Jakobsweg between Hochheim and Mainz-Kastel and the Bonifatius Route is completely the same.
I will definitely be in touch.
 

futurefjp

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Camino(s) past & future
started in 2013 ... the plot thickens ... 2019 is here and my feet are itching!
Recently I was assaulted outside my flat: so I'm missing some teeth! But I'm still walking the weg!
 

Jodean

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22 Sept. to 21 Oct. 2015, Pamplona to Santiago
6-23.04 Porto to Santiago 2018
17.09-30.09 CF 2018
Do let me know if you are coming this way. Would be glad to meet up with you and walk for a bit.
There are 3 churches in Frankfurt that might be worth your while to see as they were and are part of the Jakobsweg. The most important one is St. Leonhard's (built 1219) which just reopened after being closed since 2011. Under the original floor, they found what they believe was a chapel to St. James, and that the church today was built specifically to be a major stop for the Jakobsweg. Across the river walking the Alte Brücke is the Deutche Ordern church where you can get your pass stamped. You then head along the Main, walking through Niederad which has a St. Jakobs church. Eventually, you get to Höchst. Take the ferry across to St. Justinus, which is also a Jakobweg stop. This church was built in 850 and has a lot of its original architecture. This is where I get my 1st stamp before heading to Spain, etc.
 

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
started in 2013 ... the plot thickens ... 2019 is here and my feet are itching!
Do let me know if you are coming this way. Would be glad to meet up with you and walk for a bit.
There are 3 churches in Frankfurt that might be worth your while to see as they were and are part of the Jakobsweg. The most important one is St. Leonhard's (built 1219) which just reopened after being closed since 2011. Under the original floor, they found what they believe was a chapel to St. James, and that the church today was built specifically to be a major stop for the Jakobsweg. Across the river walking the Alte Brücke is the Deutche Ordern church where you can get your pass stamped. You then head along the Main, walking through Niederad which has a St. Jakobs church. Eventually, you get to Höchst. Take the ferry across to St. Justinus, which is also a Jakobweg stop. This church was built in 850 and has a lot of its original architecture. This is where I get my 1st stamp before heading to Spain, etc.
I will be following the Saint Boniface route I think, which doesn't bring me to Frankfurt, bit I will detour to Frankfurt as I've a "horse" to meet too.
 

Shinobi42

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino de la Costa from Irun to Nueva 2018
Camino de la Costa from Nueva to Muxia (2020)
Maybe some dates that you would like to consider when you come to Frankfurt:

- March 17th at 19:00: Pilgrim regular's table at the punctum
Here you can meet German pilgrims from the Hessian St. Jakobusgesellschaft (St. James association) and other pilgrims sharing their experiences.
- March 19th at 18:30: Pilgrim service in the open church Mutter vom Guten Rat (Weinbergkapelle), Bruchfeldstraße 51, Frankfurt-Niederrad

I do not know whether this fits to your time schedule. Please let me know when you reach Mainz-Kostheim, maybe we can meet personally on that day.

Buen Camino!
 

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
started in 2013 ... the plot thickens ... 2019 is here and my feet are itching!
Maybe some dates that you would like to consider when you come to Frankfurt:

- March 17th at 19:00: Pilgrim regular's table at the punctum
Here you can meet German pilgrims from the Hessian St. Jakobusgesellschaft (St. James association) and other pilgrims sharing their experiences.
- March 19th at 18:30: Pilgrim service in the open church Mutter vom Guten Rat (Weinbergkapelle), Bruchfeldstraße 51, Frankfurt-Niederrad

I do not know whether this fits to your time schedule. Please let me know when you reach Mainz-Kostheim, maybe we can meet personally on that day.

Buen Camino!
I think I'll be too early for those dates, but thanks.
 

lovingkindness

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Camino(s) past & future
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I will be following the Saint Boniface route I think, which doesn't bring me to Frankfurt, bit I will detour to Frankfurt as I've a "horse" to meet too.
Hello @futurefjp
I have put together a simple resource covering aspects of my walk from Görlitz to Frankfurt am Main in 2019. There may be something useful in it for you. Included are the stages walked, overnighting possibilities and general bits of this and that along the Bonifatius Route (Fulda onwards).

Resource : https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/resources/germany-görlitz-frankfurt-am-main-2019.746/ (log in to download)

Guten Weg, Pilger! Have a wonderful adventure.

Cheers
Lovingkindness
 

Shinobi42

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Camino de la Costa from Nueva to Muxia (2020)
A nice overview. A short remark, cheap hostels in Frankfurt can be found here:

 

lovingkindness

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