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Spiritual places

Finding moments of tranquillity in Saxony

In our fast-moving times, there is a lot of pressure to be constantly on(line), both in a private and work context, resulting in a growing need for time out and temporary respite. With its monasteries, churches and pilgrimage routes, Saxony offers a wide range of places that are all about contemplation, inner peace and self-reflection – for visitors to recharge their batteries.

Calm and contemplation: at peace with the world

St. Marienthal Convent

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Wechselburg Priory

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„It takes calm to discover the power that lies within us.”
- Anselm Grün, German Benedictine Father -
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Travel along Via Sacra on a journey of reflection

Like a string of pearls, the Via Sacra scenic route runs through Saxony’s Upper Lusatia region and travels along to the Czech Republic and Poland. In Saxony alone, it connects nine places that introduce visitors to remarkable religious treasures. Churches, monasteries and unique art treasures from the past millennium are cultural highlights in this spiritual region, which extends to the neighbouring countries of Poland and the Czech Republic with more special and inspiring attractions:

Germany
• Protestant Unity of Brethren (Moravian Church) Herrnhut
• Cistercian Abbey of St. Marienstern in Panschwitz-Kuckau
• St. Annen Monastery Church and Museum of Sacred Art Kamenz
• Village church in Cunewalde
• St. Peter's Cathedral and cathedral treasury in Bautzen
• Zittau large and little Lenten Cloths/Zittau epitaph treasure
• Open-air museum Oybin Castle and Monastery
• Holy Sepulchre, Stations of the Cross and Protestant Church St. Peter and Paul in Görlitz

Czech Republic
• Broumov Monastery
• Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Hejnice
• Church of the Holy Cross and Marian column in Liberec
• St. Zdislava’s Monastery of the Order of the Knights of St. John in Český Dub
• Chapel of St. Anna in Mnichovo Hradište˘
• Basilica of St. Lawrence and St. Zdislava in Jablonné v Podještědí
• Pilgrimage site in Horní Police
• Rumburk Loreto Chapel

Poland
• Jawor with "Curch of Peace" (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
• Former Cistercian Abbey Complex in Krzeszów
• Wang Church in Karpacz Górny
• Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Jelenia Góra

Find yourself on a Saxon pilgrimage route

For centuries, pilgrimages provided a chance for pious believers to right wrongs before God. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem or the tomb of the Apostle James in Santiago de Compostela in Spain were the most important and prestigious destinations. Although ecclesiastical influence on modern life is waning, going on a pilgrimage has been experiencing a renaissance in recent years, including on the numerous Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) routes.

Such contemplative walking tours come with little comfort and a lot of time spend in the company of oneself, which is something many people consciously choose to take time out from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Take a look at the most beautiful Saxon legs of well-known pilgrimage routes and be inspired to explore further…

Luther Trail

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Saxon Camino de Santiago

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