Me, Hermann Künig de Vach
I want to compose with the help
of God a little book that isis going to call The Road of Santiago.
In it I want to describe paths,
footprints and how everything
Santiago’s brother must stock up
with drink and food.
In this way and with these intentions, Hermann Konig, monk of the order of the servants of Mary of Vacha (Germany), begins his pilgrim guide. The first publication dates back to 1495, although it would be published four more times – a success for a publication of the late Middle Ages, when the printing press was still in its origins. Much of this success is because it is a fantastic pilgrim guide in which a magnificent description of the itinerary is collected with: places, distances, detours, currency exchanges, tips on where to eat and stay and also includes different stories of the places where you are going. In the Iberian Peninsula, he followed the French Way except in the geographically more complicated places, where he took easier alternative routes. These more affordable variants of orography constitute the Via Konig. In fact, one of the most important detours taken by the monk was to depart from the French Way just at the entrance of Galicia by the Costa de la Faba and continue towards Santiago de Compostela by the city of Lugo.After crossing the village of Pedrafita, the road descends gently along the Camino Real de Carlos III, now virtually unchanged, to the town of As Nogais. By the old N VI, today without hardly any traffic, we arrive at the magnificent Cruzul Bridge – also from the time of the Camino Real- and, a few kilometers later, to the village of Becerreá. After ascending to Cereixal, the road crosses the town hall of Baralla through beautiful native forests. In this way, we reach the great plain that constitutes the Town Hall of O Corgo and that we will travel through beautiful places such as Castrillón and the Bridge of Galiñeiros. Later, we can follow the route through the city of Lugo and reach Santiago de Compostela using the route of the Primitive Way, which was also followed by Konig.