Via Mariae Pilgrimage Route


About Mary's Way

Mary’s Way or Via Maria is a spiritual way for tourists. It is a also pilgrim`s way, built by the nations of Central Europe to the honour of Mary, but it also connects the shrines of Mary, without interfering with any historical, cultural, or religious differences. The aim is to build up a unified pilgrim`s way between the different religious traditions of Central Europe, and to create a network between these places. Mary’s Way builds a connection in the East-West direction between the Austrian Mariazell, Budapest, Máriapócs and Csíksomlyó, and in the North – South direction between Czestochowa, Esztergom, Budapest, and Medjugorje. The way draws a large cross upon the map of Central Europe (Austria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Poland, Croatia, and Bosnia) and creates a traditional pilgrimage network, similar to El Camino.

Mary’s Way invites everybody. It waits for everyone – irrespective of nationality, or religion – everyone who would like to make the pilgrimage because of spiritual, religious, or even just personal reasons of conscience, and it even waits for those who would like to come simply on holiday or for sporting purposes. The way will be a bridge between religions and people connecting East and West, North and South and will become the Central and East European Way of Reconciliation`. Our hope is that in the future it will become a part of the cultural life of Europe.

Trails crossing Harghita county

M05 (red) Târgu Mureș – Miercurea Ciuc (Șumuleu Ciuc) – Ghimeș-Făget
M01 (purple) Mariazell – Budapesta – Máriapocs - Cluj Napoca –Târgu Mureș – Miercurea Ciuc (Șumuleu Ciuc)
M03 (purple) Mariazell - Arad – Alba Iulia – Sighișoara – Miercurea Ciuc (Șumuleu Ciuc)
M12 (blue) Brașov – Sfântu Gheorghe – Miercurea Ciuc (Șumuleu Ciuc) – Toplița – Vatra Dornei
M29 (green) Micloșoara – Baraolt – Sântimbru Băi – Miercurea Ciuc (Șumuleu Ciuc)
M28 (yellow) Coșnea – Miercurea Ciuc (Șumuleu Ciuc) – Târgu Secuiesc – Sfântu Gheorghe
M24 Praid - Miercurea Ciuc (Șumuleu Ciuc)

Trails

M05

Sărățeni – Inlăceni – Dealu – Vlăhița – Șumuleu Ciuc: 4 days/ 99,5 km

Day 0: Sărățeni - Sihastria Monastery, 2,2 km, 50 minute
Day 1: Sărățeni – Șiclod – Cușmed – Atid – Inlăceni, 20,3 km, 7.30
Day 2: Inlăceni – Firtușu – Păuleni – Lupeni – Dealu, 25.5 km, 8
Day 3: Dealu – Zetea – Căpâlnița – Vlăhița, 24 km, 10
Day 4: Vlăhița – Pasul Vlăhița (Tolvajos-tető) – Șumuleu Ciuc, 30,3 km, 10

M05

Ghimes Faget – Apahavas – Pârâul Ugra – Muntele Frumos – Frumoasa – Bârzava – Delnița – Păuleni Ciuc – Șumuleu Ciuc 2 days/47,5 km

Day 1: Capela Contumaț – Apahavas – Pârâul Ugra – Biserica din Lunca de Sus / Colegiul Sfânta Elisabeta, 20,7 km, 8 - 9
Day 2: Lunca de Sus – Muntele Frumos – Muntele Păgânilor – Frumoasa – Bârzava – Delnița– Păuleni Ciuc – Șumuleu Ciuc, 26,8 km, 9,45

M01 - M05, Târgu Mureș – Șumuleu Ciuc, 8 days

Târgu Mureș – Sărățeni – Inlăceni – Dealu – Șumuleu Ciuc

Day 1: Târgu Mureș aeroport – Sângeorgiu de Mureș (zonă asimilată orașului)
Day 2: Sângeorgiu de Mureș – Valea – Vărgata, 20 km, 6
Day 3: Vărgata – Sihăstria din Sărățeni, 28 km, 8-9
Day 4: Sărățeni – Șiclod – Cușmed – Atid – Inlăceni, 20,3 km, 7.30
Day 5: Inlăceni – Firtușu – Păuleni – Lupeni – Dealu, 25.5 km, 8
Day 6: Dealu – Zetea – Căpâlnița – Vlăhița, 24 km, 10
Day 7: Vlăhița – Pasul Vlăhița – Șumuleu Ciuc, 30,3 km, 10
Day 8: back to Târgu Mureș

M01

Sărățeni – Praid – Culmea Bucin – Șumuleu Ciuc: 5 days/120 km

Day 1: Sărățeni – Praid, 14 km, 4.30
Day 2: Praid – Culmea Bucin, 30 km, 11
Day 3: culmea Bucin – Borzont – Joseni – Ciumani – Suseni, 24 km, 8
Day 4: Suseni – Voșlăbeni – Cârța, 26,6 km, 9
Day 5: Cârța – Dănești – Mădăraș - Racu– Delnița – Păuleni Ciuc – Șumuleu Ciuc, 25.7 km, 8.30

M03

Sighișoara – Șumuleu Ciuc 4 days/110 km

Day 1: Sighișoara – Albești – Boiu Mic – Șoard – Secuieni – Filiaș – Cristuru Secuiesc, 25.6 km, 8,00
Day 2: Cristuru Secuiesc – Rugănești – Șimonești – Cireșeni – Forțeni – Odorheiu Secuiesc, 28,3 km, 9
Day 3: Odorheiu Secuiesc – Szarkakő – Băile Homorod – Căpâlnița – Vlăhița, 25.5 km, 8
Day 4: Vlăhița – Pasul Vlăhița – Șumuleu Ciuc, 30,3 km, 10

M12

Micloșoara – Șumuleu Ciuc 2 days/ 53 km

Day 1: Micloșoara – Bixad – Băile Tușnad – Tușnadu Nou – Tușnad, 28 km, cca. 9,00
Day 2: Tușnad – Vrabia – Cetățuia – Sânsimion – Sâncrăieni – Șumuleu Ciuc, 25 km, cca. 8,00

M12

Bilbor – Șumuleu Ciuc 5 days/126,5 km

Day 1: Bilbor – Toplița, 24,4 km, 8
Day 2: Toplița – Gălăuțaș – Sărmaș – Subcetate – Remetea – Ditrău, 27,2 km, 9
Day 3: Ditrău – Ghiduț - Lăzarea– Joseni - Ciumani – Suseni, 22,6 km, 7,30
Day 4: Suseni – Voșlăbeni – Cârța, 26,6 km, 9
Day 5: Cârța – Dănești – Mădăraș – Racu – Delnița – Păuleni Ciuc – Șumuleu Ciuc, 25.7 km, 8.30

M28

Estelnic - Miercurea Ciuc (Șumuleu Ciuc) 3 day/71,8 km

Day 1: Estelnic - Carpineni - Iacobeni - Plăieșii de Jos 23, 8 km, 8
Day 2: Plăieșii de Jos – Cinod – Ciucsângeorgiu 30,7 km, 10
Day 3: Ciucsângeorgiu – Misentea – Leliceni – Șumuleu Ciuc15,5 km, 5

M28

Coșnea – Șumuleu

Day 1: Coșnea – Vf. Viscol – Soimeni – Șumuleu Ciuc, 27.5 km, 9

M29

Micloșoara – Baraolt – Sântimbru Băi – Miercurea Ciuc 3 day/61,8 km

Day 1: Micloșoara – Căpeni – Baraolt – Filia, 20 km, 7.30
Day 2: Filia – Sântimbru Băi, 24,8 km, 8
Day 3: Sântimbru Băi – Șumuleu Ciuc, 17 km 5,30

M24

Praid – Atia – Atid, 24 km, 8

Via Mariae – Harghita

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