Marterlweg C - Rudersdorf - Matzelsdorf

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Starting place: 4212 Neumarkt im Mühlkreis
Destination: 4212 Neumarkt im Mühlkreis

duration: 3h 18m
length: 11,1 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 281m
Altitude difference (downhill): 277m

Lowest point: 562m
Highest point: 685m
difficulty: easy
condition: medium
panoramic view: Great panorama

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The "Heimat-Geschichte-Brauchtum" association has thankfully endeavoured and taken on the task of compiling "Neumarkter Marterlwege". The dedicated team was able to build on historical documents and brochures that have already shed light on the history of the Neumarkt Marterl in various ways.

There are numerous wayside shrines and crosses in the municipality of Neumarkt, which enrich the landscape as cultural gems. In addition, each wayside shrine tells an individual story: of special events, of people's worries and hardships or even of the gratitude of the person who erected it. Marterl are, as it were, stone witnesses to history.

Route length approx. 9 km.
Way of the Cross - Stroblmair - Rudersdorf - Kalter Graben via Au - Kohlberger - Tannberg - church


We walk the first 5 stations of the Neumarkt Way of the Cross. We leave it at Stroblmair (riding stable). Between the riding hall and stables we walk eastwards to the "Dietscher Teich". Head uphill towards Kefermarkt (K 6 ) until you reach a high stand on the left. At the high stand we turn right onto a path into the forest. After approx. 200 metres a farmhouse appears (Rudersdorf 12), which we leave behind and take the access road to the GW Rudersdorf. On the GW we turn left towards Kefermarkt, after 200m we reach our 1st station.

Small brick chapel with barred niche. Inside three statues and a plaque.
History: Inscription: In memory of Mr Georg Fischer, who suffered a heart attack on this spot on 8 August 1929 at the age of 29 while bringing in grain.
Walking instructions: The Stadler Marterl is approx. 30 metres to the left in the direction of the house

Wide granite pillar with picture niche and wire fence. (currently no picture) Otherwise Holy Trinity
History: Stone inscription: JHS. No known history.
Hint: We walk downhill until just before Lasbergerstr. The shrine is enthroned on the right above the road embankment.

Small brick chapel with iron grating, a plaster statue of Fatima.
History: Renovated in 1990 by the Neumarkt Goldhauben women.
Walking instructions: We cross Lasbergerstr. over the Kaltenbacherl and then turn right, following the hiking trail until we come out of the forest. Nearby on the left (approx. 150m) you can already see the village. The wayside shrine is on the left before the first house.

Boulder stone with milled slot for the statue of St Florian. Glazed
History: Was erected in 2012 by the Puchner family to commemorate the fire caused by a lightning strike. Statue was a gift from Englbert's work colleagues.
Walking instructions: In the village we turn right (asphalt road) after 100m in front of the farmhouse (Hammer) we turn right onto a path to Oberndorfer. (grass path)

Massive wide granite pillar with inscription plaque and three images of saints: the head of St Mary, St Florian and the head of Jesus. Inscription: St Mary pray for us Johann and Maria Mayr JHS 1863 Maria JW
History: No known history
Hint: We take the path that leads uphill into the forest. After 200 metres we cross the GW Dingdorf. The path leads us to the upper meadow. At the Schaumberger, the next shrine is already waiting at the other end of the house. After visiting it, we complete the circuit around the house and head back.

New baroque stone pillar with reverse glass image: Heart of Mary.
History: Erected on the occasion of a fatal accident involving the then owner Michael Harrer on 24 June 1879 with an ox cart. (Oral tradition)
Hint: The path leads us back to the house at the crossroads, where we find a new wayside shrine in the garden.

Granite column with a stone roof and a picture niche, picture behind glass: Mary with the child A lantern at the base.
History: There is no history. Placed in the garden by the owner family as an ornament.
Hint: The path leads us along a path through the settlement to the village road. After the fence, the chapel is on the right at the edge of the forest

Brick-built small chapel with iron grille, statue of Jesus and Mary, 1 crucifix and various images of saints. Pictures of saints
History: There is no history. Erected by the owner family at the edge of the forest as an ornament.
Walking tip: We keep to the right and walk eastwards through the settlement.
Near the edge of the forest, we reach our next destination on the right.

M 12 Erhart - Marterl
Carinthian wayside shrine. Inside a statue of Fatima and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
History: Built in 1992 in place of a picture tree by Alois Erhart.
Walking tip: We follow the same path through the forest. At the end of the forest we come to the Dingdorf pavement. The stone memorial is on the right-hand side of the road.

Broad pillar with tin picture: Mary with the child
Inscription: Holy Mary pray for us. Stone inscription: JHS GP Maria 1839
History: The KS is so named because there was an inn in the house on the right until the 1980s. Hint: Cross the GW and continue northwards (with a view of Kefermarkt) along the field path. In 250m we are expected by a KS.

Granite column with the image of St Leonhard. Inscription: RDMLZR
History: A Bohemian farm labourer wanted to set fire to the house at Rudersdorf 1. However, he broke his leg here and was therefore unable to carry out his plan. The Kreuzstöckl was erected in gratitude. (Oral tradition)
Walking instructions: Following the GW Rudersdorf, we turn left. Cross Lasbergerstraße and continue slightly uphill. The next KS is at "Kaltenböck".

Granite pillar. Broad pillar, three metal images: St Florian, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sacred Heart of Mary. Stone inscription: JHS 1873
History: No known history.
Walking tip: Now we continue uphill towards the transmitter. In the new settlement, we find a new wayside shrine on the right.

Broad pillar on a granite base, with picture niche with larger picture and attached stone cross. Upper part: Mary with the child. Lower part: St Florian, St Leonhard
History: The marterl was erected by the previous owner as an ornament. By a stonemason from Bad Leonfelden.
Hint: We continue uphill, after 150 metres we come to the next chapel on the left after the farmhouse.

Accessible chapel without chairs. Main picture: Heart of Mary, below small statue: Mary with the child. Inscription: 19 A. u. K.K. 10 ( Alois and Katharina Kohlberger)
History: No known history.
Walking tip: We continue on the GW. After a good 150m we come to the next wayside shrine on the left at the transmitter

Chapel with iron-grated niche, containing a stained glass picture (St Anne) Renovated in 1995 History: Picture was painted by Mrs Maier from Alberndorf. No other history known. Walking tip: Take a leisurely stroll over the ridge towards the valley. In front of us the whole scenery of the Neumarkt area. After 200 metres there is a newly restored cross.

The only surviving death lamp. Was originally hollow with glazing. A light burned inside. The pictures were renewed in 2021. The fire brigade, senior citizens' b. Bauernbund and Kameradschaftsbund covered the costs.
History: Zerrkreuz because a spy was quartered here with draught animals during the French Wars. In 1664, the pillar was also repurposed as a "plague pillar" or "Süchenkreuz" for the plague victims. According to records, the plague dead are also said to be buried in the immediate vicinity.
Hint: On the way to the Tannberg Chapel, we are accompanied by the last 4 stations of the Way of the Cross. Stations 10, 11, 12 and 13.

Masonry chapels (built in 1848) The stone steps in front of the chapel are also from the old Way of the Cross. Renovations: 1947 and 1988
The carved reliefs date from 1906, before which there were painted pictures. They were made by the company Oberhuber Linz.
Hint: Our gaze is already drawn to the Tannberg Chapel, our last shrine.

Accessible chapel, is the 14th station of the Way of the Cross. Built in 1848, renovated: 1891, 1906, 1947 and 1988
History: The 4 pillars come from the old Way of the Cross. Between 1754 and 1848 there was a Stations of the Cross with picture pillars. In 1988 the burial scene (14th station) was removed and the current altarpiece was created. In 1994, the Holy Trinity made of sheet metal was added to the gable wall.
Walking instructions: We walk down the Bindergasse to the church. The parish church invites us to a short prayer.

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Marterlweg C - Rudersdorf - Matzelsdorf
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4212 Neumarkt im Mühlkreis

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Starting place: 4212 Neumarkt im Mühlkreis
Destination: 4212 Neumarkt im Mühlkreis

duration: 3h 18m
length: 11,1 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 281m
Altitude difference (downhill): 277m

Lowest point: 562m
Highest point: 685m
difficulty: easy
condition: medium
panoramic view: Great panorama

Paths covering:

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