Idar-Oberstein - Fischbach/Nahe
We recommend this stage to all pilgrims who are looking for an easy start to the pilgrim trail.
From Fischbach there are about 2.5 additional kilometres to Fischbach/Weierbach station, from where there are regular regional train connections to Idar-Oberstein/Saarbrücken and Bad Kreuznach/Mainz/Frankfurt.
Hildegard von Bingen pilgrimage trail
In her fourth book of her Physica she describes the effect of 26 (precious) stones.
On this 1st stage, the Hildegardweg follows the Saar-Hunsrück Climb, which partly runs in the same direction, up to medieval Herrstein. After the legendary Felsenkirche and the spectacular rock formations at the beginning, the near-natural trail offers beautiful quiet brook valleys, old forests and, as you cross the mountain ranges, magnificent views.
Hildegard von Bingen, abbess, poet, theologian, naturalist and healer, lived all her life in the Nahe holiday region.
Short vita of St. Hildegard of Bingen
1098: Birth of Hildegard von Bingen, probably in Niederhosenbach near Herrstein
1112: Admission to the Disibodenberg monastery near Bad Sobernheim, together with Jutta von Sponheim
1136: Hildegard von Bingen becomes the second magistra in the Disibodenberg monastery after the death of Jutta von Sponheim around
1150: foundation of a convent in Bingen on the Rhinefrom 1150: Hildegard writes her visionary medical & musical works. She travels along the Rhine, Moselle, Main and Neckarund, preaching in public places.
1165: Foundation of a second convent in Eibingen, today's pilgrimage church of St. Hildegard Rüdesheim-Eibingen
17 September 1179: Hildegard von Bingen dies in Bingen on the Rhine
10 May 2012: Canonisation of Hildegard von Bingen by Pope Benedict XVI
7 October 2012: Survey of church teachers
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