Rheinhold Zwerger, born in 1924, visited the holy Mountain for the first time in 1956. He was always on his way and stayed sometimes a month or so on the holy mountain. He also made drawing, paintings and made “Linolschnitts” in english linocuts (in dutch linoleumsnedes).
For pilgrims and people who love Athos he is very important because he made (in 15 years) his famous Athos map 1:50.000 1982. Without it many people on the peninsula would still be lost. There is no other map with so many detailed footpaths and roads and , very impotant for orientation, altitude lines (hoogtelijnen!).
He made diaries during his visits which he transformed into a book in German called ” Wege am Athos”. About his adventures and about the changes he saw from 1956 to 2005 on the holy mountain.
You can order his book here.
hv – with many thanks to Vasilis.