Pilgrimage route to Hemmaberg in Karavanke UNESCO Global Geopark

Old Traditions and Modern World along the Pilgrimage Route to Hemmaberg

Where we are

The Geopark offers invaluable geological history, which throughout more recent time has shaped the landscape by iron, mining and coal-mining industries. Above ground unique natural and cultural heritage is to be found, with a varied landscape of important biodiversity qualities. Cultural heritage wise, Karavanke is equally as varied, from modern industrial to religious heritage. There are archaeological settlements as well as a rich intangible heritage such as oral traditions of folktales and songs.

By taking part in RURITAGE, The UNESCO Karavanke Geopark aims to safeguard the natural resources as well as sustainably develop a cultural pilgrim heritage. They will also increase and enable local business, striving for young people to invest in the area. This would be made possible through, among other, arts and festivals.


The Rural Heritage Hub will be situated in the headquarter of Karawanken Unesco Global Geopark. This is located in the small village Bad Eisenkappel/Ţelezna Kapla, a bilingual municipality which offers a broad spectrum of cultural and historical attractions. Meetings are also meant to take place in in the Municipality of Globasnica/Globasnitz, where the Hemmaberg-Juenna Archaeological Museum of Pilgirms; St. Hemmaberg is located.

Rural Heritage

The province of Asti offers two hubs, representing the good practices which made them role models for RURITAGE. Both hubs are examples of abandoned and neglected buildings with high cultural value which have been recovered with direct involvement of asylum seekers. The first one is the ancient Villa Quaglina, an old academy owned by the order of the Oblates of St. Joseph. Villa Quaglina is situated on the Asti countryside while the other hub is found in the center of Chiusano. Just like Villa Quaglina, the old railway station in Chiusano was restored by the same successful means of involvement of migrants. Today, the latter facilitates a hospitality and integration program for refugees. Both hubs already constitute the potential enhancement of local assets and heritage has for sustainable community development, offering already established and accessible gathering points for stakeholders.