Beautiful walks in winter are also possible without the mountains. The Maria path to the north-east of Erding is an impressive example of this. The starting point is the small village of Maria Thalheim. The late Gothic pilgrimage church dates back to the early 15th century and is the oldest Maria pilgrimage church in the region. Every year lots of pilgrims visit Maria Thalheim. Just like the village the Marienweg is a spiritual circular path and over 9 km provides lots of variety and inspiration with numerous sculptures, resting places and crosses along the way. Additionally this circular route also takes you into the authentic and relaxing
The walk starts at the pilgrimage church and leads southwards on the Eschbachstraße out of the village, past the cemetery with an incline and an especially pretty view until you reach the Maria path itself. Then turn left over Eck and past the Bierbacher Holz until you reach Oberbierbach. 26 info boxes with tree messages accompany the path and provide you with information about the local vegetation. Keep to the left in Oberbierbach, past the Gasthaus Strasser up a small hill and through the woods until you reach Bergham and then loop round towards Maria Thalheim. Just before the village you reach the highest point of the Maria path at 517 metres, where there’s also a cross on the summit. From the edge of the village you don’t head back yet, but make a small detour to the left past a group of sculptures and a bench with a view towards Kleinthalheim. Just after Kleinthalheim there’s another short incline before the path heads back towards Maria Thalheim near the cemetery.
Take the S2 (Schnellbahn) from Altomünster / Petershausen and get off at Erding, the last stop. From there catch the local bus 561 to the stop “Maria Thalheim – Ort”.
There are parking spaces in the centre of Maria Thalheim.