As an emblematic, poetic umbrella term, the “Stars’ Path/
Spatially, the “Starry Path/
There is much to suggest that an alternative of the medieval route axes of the pilgrims of St. James from the direction of Worms probably also ran along the edge of the Haardt from Grünstadt - Neustadt - Edenkoben to Leinsweiler. This “Haardt axis” then joins the Palatinate | South route and continues in the same direction via Klingenmünster and Bad Bergzabern, from where it continues to Weißenburg in the direction of Strasbourg via the paths of the pilgrims of St. James in Alsace. Many important remains of the testimonies of the medieval building culture, among other things also former monasteries form here up to the present an imaginary connecting line. It is also documented, for example, that Rhodt unter der Rietburg had a brotherhood of St. James in the Middle Ages.
Like pulsating veins, this regional network of paths through the multifaceted landscapes of the Palatinate, Alsace, Saarland and Lorraine exudes the inspiring spirit of being on the road on a European cultural route that is more than 1000 years old… under the Milky Way in the circle of stars.
Core and cross-linking zone
The so-called core zone of the project is formed by the landscapes along the two routes of the Way of St. James pilgrims in eastern and central Saarland, respectively. They lead from the former Benedictine monastery Hornbach in the Palatinate via the Saarland | South route to the French Sarreguemines as well as on the Saarland | North route to Saarbrücken up to the German-French state border to Saarbrücken/
In a further phase, the project was expanded in the Saarland in the direction of St. Wendel and also to the neighboring regions of Palatinate, Lorraine and later Alsace. The idea of Europe - networking and the exchange of cultures - was to be extended further within the framework of the maxim “low budget - but most social and cultural spirit”.
This networking zone was under the sign of the shell, i.e. here only the so-called scallop shell stones were placed as waymarks to mark the medieval building culture or the visual axes along the path.
Ways of the pilgrims of St. James in Saarland and Lorraine
Saarland | South route: Hornbach (stage destination/
Saarland | North Route: Hornbach (stage destination/
Saarland | St. Wendel-Saarbrücken: Mainz (starting point, as of 2014: not yet developed as far as St. Wendel), incl. Köllertalschleife from the height of Riegelsberg
Connecting route Palatinate | North route - Saarland | North route: Homburg-Kirrberg - Wörschweiler - Blieskastel
Ways of the pilgrims of St. James in the Palatinate, Lorraine and Alsace
Palatinate southern route: Speyer (starting point) - Landau - Bad Bergzabern - Hornbach (stage destination/
Connection to the paths of the pilgrims of St. James in Alsace: from Bad Bergzabern - Wissembourg - Strasbourg - Mont Ste-Odile
Northern Palatinate Route: Speyer (starting point) - Neustadt - Landstuhl - Hornbach (stage destination/
Klosterroute Südspange: Worms (starting point) - Saarbrücken (junction) - Metz (stage finish)
- Göllheim - Kaiserslautern - Gelterswoog
Klosterroute Nordspange: Worms (starting point) - Saarbrücken (junction) - Metz (stage finish)
- Göllheim - Otterberg - Landstuhl