Jacob's Trail - Pilgrimage on Ancient Paths

Switzerland

The Swiss part of the Jacob's Trail offers highlights on the part of the trail that coincides with the language border. The stretch Schwarzenburg-Fribourg includes the over 600-year-old "Frybourgstrass," a path that leads through forests and over streams, past castle ruins, chapels and shrines.

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As early as 1000 years ago, devout people from all over Europe made a pilgrimage to the tomb of the Apostle Jacobus in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Today the paths leading to that destination are called Jacob's Trails and are still used by pilgrims.

The Swiss part of the Jacob's Trail includes several slightly diverging routes that lead from Constance or St. Gallen to Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Bern, Fribourg, Lausanne and Geneva. According to tradition one concludes the Swiss section of the pilgrim's trail with a cruise from Lausanne to Geneva. Thanks to Switzerland's excellent transportation network, parts of the pilgrim's trail can also be traveled by ship, bus or train.

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