Via Sacra: Stage 1/5: Brunn - Heiligenkreuz

Pilgrimage route from Brunn am Gebirge to Heiligenkreuz

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Elevation profile

18,16 km length

Tour dates
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Route: 18,16 km
  • Ascent: 451 egm
  • Descent: 357 egm
  • Duration: 6:00 h
  • Lowest point: 218 m
  • Highest point:433 m
  • Stage tour
  • With refreshment stops
  • Cultural/historical value

Details for: Via Sacra: Stage 1/5: Brunn - Heiligenkreuz


From Brunn am Gebirge railway station, the path leads along Enzersdorferstraße to Maria Enzersdorf. After passing the Franciscan Church (pilgrimage church "Maria Heil der Kranken"), turn right into Mariazellergasse. Passing the former Pfandl fountain, you come to Liechtensteinstraße, where you can see the park of Hunyadi Castle on the left and diagonally opposite the "Schiffersäule", the oldest pilgrimage monument on the way to Mariazell. At the end of Liechtensteinstraße, at a Mariazell motif donated by Emperor Ferdinand, you come across Johannesstraße, which you follow to the holiday cross chapel (01:00 h). This has always been an important reference point for Mariazell pilgrims. The trail now runs downhill to the Seegrotte and through Hinterbrühl (01:00 h). At the Höldrichsmühle mill, you turn onto a forest path that leads into the Mödlingbachtal valley, where you walk partly beside the road, partly on footpaths to Gaaden (01:45 h). From the Gaaden Jakobskirche (St. James' Church), the trail turns right along the road to the west to the Gaaden Calvary. The trail then continues along the road for a short distance and crosses it to the south. Now the pilgrims' path leads across fields and through the forest towards Siegenfeld and past the "White Cross" to Heiligenkreuz. Via the baroque Calvary you come down to the monastery (02:15 h).* Historically, the Via Sacra in Vienna begins at the Paulanerkirche. It used to lead via the Spinner am Kreuz into the Vienna Woods to Heiligenkreuz and on to Mariazell.

Starting point of the tour

Brunn am Gebirge

Destination point of the tour



From Vienna:Südautobahn A2 direction Linz - continue on Wiener Außenring Autobahn A21 direction Linz/St. Pölten - exit Brunn am Gebirge.Express train lines S2 or S3, bus.

More info/links

Verantwortlicher für den Inhalt dieser Tour
Mostviertel - Via Sacra
Letzte Aktualisierung: 09.04.2024

Mostviertel Tourismus GmbH
Töpperschloss Neubruck, Neubruck 2/10, 3283 Scheibbs
T +43/7482/20 444


Appropriate hiking equipment is required. In addition, it should be taken into account that this is a hike lasting several days.

Safety information

Walking times: The walking times given were calculated on the basis of the table of the German Alpine Association. These are pure walking times, rounded to the nearest quarter of an hour.

Map recommendations

Folder "Via Sacra und Wiener Wallfahrerweg - Auf historischen Pilgerwegen nach Mariazell"
Esterbauer-Verlag: Hikeline Via Sacra-Wanderführer

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Author's tip

Places of interest: Franciscan Church Maria Enzersdorf, Urlaubskreuzkapelle, Tree of Reconciliation, Höldrichsmühle, Cistercian Abbey Heiligenkreuz

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