The Way of St James in the Tyrol

Pilgrim Trail

The Way of St James in the Tyrol

Pilgrim Trail · Silberregion Karwendel
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  • Gasthof Michaelerhof, Außenansicht
    / Gasthof Michaelerhof, Außenansicht
    Photo: Gasthof Michaelerhof
  • Alpenhotel Speckbacherhof, Frontansicht
    / Alpenhotel Speckbacherhof, Frontansicht
    Photo: Alpenhotel Speckbacherhof
  • Alpengasthof Walderbrücke Sommer
    / Alpengasthof Walderbrücke Sommer
  • Basilika Absam
    / Basilika Absam
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  • Basilika Absam
    / Basilika Absam
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  • Romedikirche
    / Romedikirche
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  • / Thaur
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  • / Pfarrkirche St. Nikolaus
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450 600 750 900 1050 m km 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 St. Michael Martinsstube Speckbacherkapelle Speckbacher Hof Kloster St. Martin Minigolfplatz Speckbacher Hof Gasthaus Walderbrücke Gasthof Purner

The Way of St James is the ancient pilgrims' path to what is thought to be the tomb of St James the Elder, one of Jesus' twelve apostles. The tomb is situated in Santiago de Compostela in the northwest corner of Spain. The most famous section of the Way of St James is from the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela.

The Tyrolean section passes through the Hall – Wattens region between Gnadenwald and Thaur.

15.2 km
4:14 h
358 m
312 m

Über die MARTHA Dörfer führt der Jakobsweg in unserer Region von Gnadenwald über Absam nach Hall. Weiter über Thaur nach Rum.

Author’s recommendation

Visit the pilgrims` churh of St Michael in Absam and the Hall Parish Church.

Highest point
899 m
Lowest point
587 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Alpenhotel Speckbacher Hof
Gasthof Michaelerhof
Alpengasthof Walderbrücke

Tips, hints and links


Terfens (585 m)
47.322530, 11.642160
32T 699654 5244392



Turn-by-turn directions

Section: From Terfens to Gnadenwald approx. 6 km

Gnadenwald: Gnadenwald was first mentioned in records as "Gemein auf dem Wald" as early as the end of 11th century. The St Martin church is a Gothic building, but with a Baroquised interior. Records suggest it dates from 1337. The St Martin monastery was created in 1445 from what was originally a hermitage. Not longer afterwards it was amalgamated with the Waldschwestern convent. Various finds suggest that this popular place of pilgrimage and beauty spot was a pre-Christian settlement.

Section: From Gnadenwald to Absam approx. 5.5 km

Absam: There has been a settlement in Absam, formerly known as Abazanes, since prehistoric times. The importance of the town now arises from, on the one hand, its reputation today as a nativity crib village (together with the neighbouring village of Thaur), and, on the other hand, its parish and pilgrims' church of St Michael, built in 1420 in late-Gothic style. In 2000, the church was elevated to a basilica and is now a place of pilgrimage with a reputation that extends beyond the region's boundaries.

Section: From Absam to Hall approx. 1.5 km

Hall: The settlement of this region is inextricably linked with salt mining. The salt deposits, river traffic on the Inn and the mint led to rapid commercial growth and Hall soon became one of the most important towns in the eastern Alps. Fortified in the first half of the 14th century, this remarkably compact old town of narrow lanes and impressive medieval houses forms a unique ensemble. Hall is an essential stopover for pilgrims walking the Way of St James.

Section: From Hall to Thaur approx. 2 km

Thaur: The village was first mentioned in records during the 9th century as Turane and is the oldest named settlement in the central Inn valley. Thaur is one of the Tyrol's most famous crib villages and many pieces made by the famous crib-maker, Josef Giner the Elder, are kept here. Shrovetide traditions also have a long history here and these festivities draw in many visitors year after year. The Romedikirchl is an important chapel in Thaur. It is a tiny pilgrims' chapel dedicated to Sts Peter and Paul.

Section: From Thaur to Rum approx. 2 km

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Es besteht die Möglichkeit Terfens mit dem Zug von Hall i. T und Innsbruck zu erreichen.

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Getting there

Inntalautobahn A12 - Ausfahrt 171 Vomp - folgen Sie der Vomper Landesstraße/L222 bis Terfens
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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15.2 km
4:14 h
358 m
312 m
Public transport friendly In and out Multi-stage tour With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value


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