In the hope of receiving mercy, the pilgrims would often undertake severe exertions and negotiate dangers. Many used the pilgrimage to break free from everyday life, to make acquaintances and to experience something. Many people undertake a pilgrimage nowadays, too, as a way of finding themselves and to gain strength through getting in touch with God's creation. This enables them to pursue the profound question of the meaning of life.
The experience of the journey and the destination itself are closely linked. It is always sacred places - special mountains, springs, trees, crossroads or passes, mostly in connection with a miraculous cult object, where people feel closer to divine powers. Benares, Jerusalem, Mecca, Rome ... - pilgrimages are a part of all of the great religions.
THE INDOOR THEME WALK
For pilgrims and visitors to Maria Langegg there are presentation boards in the corridor next to the church which provide an overview of the pilgrimages in Lower Austria as well as pilgrimage destinations.
THE OUTDOOR THEME WALK
Get to know the place and the subject matter better on the two-kilometre theme walk around the monastery. This trail is very scenic, and takes in the surrounding area with views in all directions of the Dunkelstein Forest. There are various presentation boards along the way which point out the historical conditions and occurrences, thus linking the trail with its history in a depictive manner.