The 140-kilometre trail follows the old historical routes for the most part. During the hike one passes the four Jakobskirchen Roßbach, Höhnhart, Schalchen and Lengau.

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Description

The Jakobsweg in the Innviertel is a continuation of the Jakobsweg from Krumau via the upper Mühlviertel to Passau.

It connects the two bishop cities of Passau and Salzburg.

The starting point of the Way of St.

James in Passau is the St.

Stephen's Cathedral, which acquired its present baroque appearance in the 17th century.

After 16 kilometres you reach Schärding.

The city develops its unique baroque splendour on the main square.

The Pilgrim's Way to Santiago runs to Suben on the Via Nova.

In St.

Florian the Gothic church stands on Roman foundations.

This area was inhabited as early as Roman times.

After crossing the Lindetwald forest, you will then reach St.

Marienkirchen near Schärding with its Gothic parish church, which is well worth seeing, after a further 5 kilometres.

On the stage to Antieshofen, 9 kilometres further on, you will cross a very old settlement area.

Continue via Münzsteuer to Reichersberg, where the only monastery on the lower Inn, the Augustinerherrenchorkloster Reichersberg, can be seen.

At the Inn we continue to the nearby Obernberg, where you can visit one of the most beautiful market places in Austria.

On the way to Kirchdorf, the route continues along the Inn in the European reserve Unterer Inn, one of the most important natural jewels and bird paradises in Central Europe.

After 5 kilometres you finally reach Kirchdorf, where you can visit the Marien pilgrimage church with its baroque high altar.

In the small town of Altheim, situated in a depression, stands the late Gothic church, a masterpiece of tuff and brick with beautiful paintings.

Behind the high altar there is a fragment of a picture of St.

James.

After another 9 kilometres, you will reach Roßbach via meadow paths and through the Gaugshammer forest, where the first church dedicated to St.

James stands.

On the way to Höhnhart, where you can admire the next Jakobskirche, you will meet the Via Nova again.

After 6 kilometres you will reach Maria Schmolln, undoubtedly the most important Marian pilgrimage site in the Innviertel next to Schardenberg.

The village of Schalchen, 7.5 kilometres from Maria Schmolln, is home to one of the most beautiful churches in Austria, Jakobskirchen.

The newly renovated church impresses with its late baroque stucco ceiling in which the life of St.

James is depicted in over 20 pictures.

From Schalchen you first follow the Mattig and then directly reach the centre of Mattighofen with the protestant church.

Over the Trattmansberg they finally reach Munderfing after 5.5 kilometres.

From there you follow the Via Nova pilgrim path to the last Jakobskirche in Upper Austria, the parish church Lengau.

Via Mattsee and the Jakobsgemeinde Obertrum you reach the main route of the Austrian Jakobsweg near Eugendorf and finally via Maria Plain to Salzburg.