Walther v.d. Vogelweide Circular Hiking Tour in Laion/Lajen

Walther v.d. Vogelweide Circular Hiking Tour in Laion/Lajen

Start and end of hike : Laion, sports area
Duration : 3:00 h
Distance:  7,2 km
Altitude Gain:  410 m
Maximum Altitude: 1.101 m


This walk dedicated to the minstrel Walther von der Vogelweide runs between Laion, Novale and Albions. In the future there will be information board placed at specific points along the route, on the life and work of this minstrel, to pass on this information to those walking through this beatiful landscape. There are several places to stop for meal or a rest along the route.

At the sports area in Laion (1,085m) route no. 5 offers a lovely walk descending slightly northwards through meadows to Albions (857 m, refreshments served). Turnig south, follow the road to Hof Mair am Bach farm and there, take the signposted field path (Vogelweider Rundweg signs - trail is also called "Eselsteig" trail). Starting off in fields, the trail continues for a longer stretch through forest parhts, then you will reach the hamlet of Novale (740 m, Törggele tavern open in autumn) with St. Katharina church and the Vogelweider Hof farm (810m). Now follow route no. 35, witch ascends alongside the farmsteads on the sunny slopes, after crossing an asphalt road, and then leads to Laion.


Parking: Laion village centre
Walther v.d. Vogelweide Circular Hiking Tour in Laion/Lajen

Specials along the Tour

  • St. Catarina church in Novale/Ried, dating from the 15th century, with unique motifs of vines and grapes
  • The Vogelweider farm in Novale at Laion, said to be the birthplace of the famous minstrel and lyric poet (born 1170)
  • St. Nicolò church in Albions, dating from the 15th century, bearing a special depiction of Mary the Mother of God, to which people throughout the centuries have prayed to for fertility
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