Throughout the middle ages, thousands of pilgrims walked from their homes to make their pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Although the Way of St James (Swiss Camino / Jakobsweg), has traditionally been a religious pilgrimage, many people choose it as a walking holiday for several other reasons. There is not only ONE route… it’s a network of different routes. And you can even walk through Switzerland. Look here for the different routes.
You can walk the Pilgrim’s Route alone, in a group or with a friend/partner. This route is well known for its sense of community and sociable atmosphere. Pilgrims passing by will greet each other with a welcome of «Buen Camino!». You will travel this route with a Pilgrim Pass, and this pass is essential to record where you’ve been.
Another important accoutrement on the trail is the scallop shell. This is the sign of the pilgrim!
Here you can find more Informations about the route through the City of St.Gallen.