Shortly after Oberdischingen we cross the Danube. Soon we are in Ersingen and walk along the road on a cycle path to Rißtissen.
Here I have already cycled through on the way from Leipzig to Constance!
The present parish church of Rißtissen, St. Pankratius and Dorothea dates from 1787.
View into the church:
The place was already inhabited in Roman times. Around 50 AD a fort was built here, next to which a civil settlement gradually developed. The relief stones in the base of the parish church are a reminder of the Roman times in Rißtissen.
Opposite the church stands Stauffenberg Castle.
The chapel St. Leonhard from 1438 is not directly on the Way of St. James, but it is a worthwhile detour. As the patrocinium suggests, it originally belonged to a medieval leprosarium donated by Ulm's Holy Spirit Hospital for lepers. The leprosarium was abandoned because leprosy had declined sharply in Central Europe in the 15th century.
Inside the chapel, which unfortunately is mostly closed, there is a remarkable work of art, the altar signed "Jacob Acker" and the date 1483. It probably comes from the late
Gothic parish church, which was demolished in 1784.
St. James is depicted in the altar base.
Opposite the Leonhardskapelle stands this well protected Nepomuk.
is happy about another addition.
After a longer hike through the forest, the church of Untersulmetingen comes into sight.
After a short visit to the church we walk around it and further along the Riß to Obersulmetingen.
In Obersulmetingen in the castle area we stop for midday rest.
A resting pilgrim!
Over field and meadow paths we reach Schemmerberg.
The Martinskirche of Schemmerberg from nearby.
gothic style elements in the interior of the Martinskirche (church St. Martin)
The left ceiling fresco depicts the holy Notburga distributing bread to the needy. The Notburga is a Tyrolean saint, to whom I become attentive in Rattenberg on the Austrian Jakobsweg. Its history reminds very much of the holy Elisabeth of Thuringen
Soon we cross the Riß and underpass the motorway. The path leads gently uphill to Äpfingen, the end point of our hike today.
St. Blasius in Äpfingen
We spent the night in Maselheim.
In the picture: Our hotel (Maselheimer Hof)