The Via Sancti Martini road network in Europe and Hungary
Via Sancti Martini - The main route of the Way of Saint Martin
Route: SOMBATHELY - LJUBLJANA - VENEZIA - PAVIA - MILAN - VIENNA - TOURS - CANDES
The route leads from Martin's birthplace (Szombathely) to the place of his death (Candes). The Hungarian section of the route is Szombathely - Ják - Körmend - Nádasd - Pusztacsatár - Zalalövő - Szatta - Kerkáskápolna - Kercaszomor.
Connecting routes (directions) approved by the European Network of Saint Martin's Centres:
From Tours via Paris and Amienst to Utrecht in the Netherlands.
Via Caesara Augusta
From Tours via Poitiers and Bordeaux to Zaragoza in Spain
The "middle" route
It starts from Szombathely. Via Germany (Rottenburg - Worms) to Tours. The closer route has not yet been fully determined. Its Hungarian section: Szombathely - Kőszeg - Sopronhorpács - Bogyoszló - (Pannonhalma) - Bágyogszovát - Lébény . Halászi - Rajka - (Pozsony). The route is joined at Pozsony by the St. Martin's Way between the Csalló Intermountains.
Savaria - Sopianae - Sirmium route (under planning)
The route will connect the three most important early Christian centres of Pannonia. Starting from Szombathely, it will lead via Pécs to Sremska Mitrovica in Serbia.
Via Insula Magna (St. Martin's Way between the Csalló Interfluve)
No administrative decision has been taken yet, but the route already exists in practice: Szombathely - Zagreb - Dugo Selo
The "host organisation" of the Via Sancti Martini - Saint Martin European Cultural Route is the Réseau Européen des Centres Culturels Saint Martin (European Network of Saint Martin Cultural Centres). The "Network" is a non-governmental organisation, independent of political organisations and denominations.
Its member organisations are:
CENTRE CULTUREL SAINT MARTIN - Flanders - Belgium
CENTRE CULTUREL EUROPEEN SAINT MARTIN DE TOURS - France
CENTRU CULTURALE SAN MARTINU - CORSICA - Corsica
SINT MAARTENSBERAAD - UTRECHT - Netherlands
KULTURNI CENTAR SVETI MARTIN - HRVATSKA - Croatia
KULTURNI CENTER SV. MARTIN TOURSKI SLOVENIJA - Slovenia
FRËNN VUM MÄERTESWEE asbl - Luxembourg
HOLY MARTIN EUROPEAN CULTURAL ITINERARY COUNCIL OF HUNGARY
MARTINUSGEMEINSCHAFT - DEUTSCHLAND - Germany
MARTINUS-GEMEINSCHAFT - ÖSTERREICH - Austria
CENTRO CULTURALE SAN MARTIN0 - REGIONE LOMBARDIA - Italy/Lombardy
CENTRO CULTURALE SAN MARTINO - REGIONE PUGLIA - Italy/Puglia
CENTRO CULTURALE SAN MARTIN0 - REGIONE VENETO - Italy/Veneto
RADA EUROPE CULTURAL CESTY SVÄTÉHO MARTINA NA SLOVENSKU - Slovakia
All member organisations are NGOs. The administrative seat is in Tours. The President of the Network is nominated by a different country each year.
The Network and its member organisations are the holders of the names and symbols associated with the Via Sancti Martini - Saint Martin's Way. The Network (or its member organisations) is entitled to issue pilgrim's (traveller's) identity cards valid for the route.
St. Martin's Route structure in Hungary:
1. Main routes:
The section of the main European route from Szombathely to Tours Candes between Szombathely and Kercaszomor,
the "middle route" from Szombathely - (Pannonhalma) - Rajka - Bratislava
total: about 400 km. Map of the Hungarian route
Local routes in Hungary not yet physically connected to the main route but approved by the "Network":
- Alföld St. Martin's Pilgrimage Route (Tiszapüspöki - Kunszentmárton) - approx. 100 km
- Via Dividendae Caritatis (St. Martin's Way of Baranya) - about 100 km
A. Thematic routes, thematic offers
Unmarked routes and permanent programmes:
- Lake Balaton-Highlands Saint Martin's Way
- Via Sancti Martini in Budapest programme