Cistercian Way

Through Europe in the footsteps of the Cistercians

The Cistercian Way is a 5000 km long cultural hiking trail connecting six European countries. Partial trail openings in the partner sites (see schedule) invite you to hike and discover.
It leads through particularly unspoilt landscapes ripe with culinary specialties and architectural treasures. The paths are oriented towards Cîteaux in Burgundy, the cradle of the order, where all abbots met at the annual chapter general.

The Cistercian Way runs along existing, already marked hiking trails. Small detours lead to specific elements of the monastic landscape. The Cistercian Way does not have its own marker. Please use gpx data, maps or the markers of the respective trails used for orientation.

In our downloads section you will find:

  • further up-to-date information (coming soon)
  • gpx data of the main routes
  • Hiking maps with detours as PDF

Our routes with all the detours, shortcuts and POIs along the way are also available at (please use the filter „Fernwanderwege“ in the tour search). We recommend installing the free Outdooractive app on your device.

You can download our English flyer about the Cistercian Way here.

Here: the Bavarian section. Click to get to our interactive Map