Renaissance Festivals: Entertainment with knights and great food

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Galerie des armes et armures, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Galerie des armes et armures, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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The medieval market is the place to be entertained by musicians playing flute, brass and fife, and singers presenting medieval songs. Craftsmen and artists offer unique souvenirs such as clothing, jewelery, woodwork, sculpture and pottery, handmade with traditional tools and production techniques that were nearly lost throughout time. A feast of hearty food will satisfy your hunger, while plenty of good German beer will soothe your spirit. The main attraction is the Knights’ Tournament (Ritterturnier) – a spectacle of knights dueling for the grand prize.

Following is a selection of Germany’s greatest Renaissance Festivals:

Kaltenberger Knights’ Tournament

The Kaltenberg Knights’ Tournament is the world’s largest event of this kind and located about 1 hour west of Munich. An action-packed spectacle with a great story, breathtaking stunts, acrobats, horses and riders create an unforgettable show of dueling knights. The market is at the base of Kaltenberg Castle and rounds up this event that takes place all day until late at night. For more info click the link below. (Source:
Dates for 2010: July 9th – 25th

Landshuter Wedding

Every four years, the city of Landshut (Landshut vacation rentals | Landshut travel guide) celebrates the wedding of Georg the Rich and Hedwig of Poland in the year of 1475. This festival is a remembrance of an unsettled time in which marriage played an important role in strengthening empires. The bride’s entry into the town is reenacted in a pageant with over 2000 participants. All actors are dressed in the gorgeous raiment of the period the wedding guests from Poland and Germany. The wedding ceremony is accompanied by medieval dancing and music, festival plays and games in the knight camp. This is an event you don't want to miss! (Source:
The next celebration of the "Landshuter Hochzeit 1475" takes place in 2013.

Freienfelser Knights’ Tournament

The Freienfelser Ritterspiele is one of Germany’s the largest Renaissance Festivals and takes place at Freienfels Castle, located about 1 hour north of Frankfurt (Frankfurt vacation rentals | Frankfurt travel guide) am Main and Wiesbaden (Wiesbaden vacation rentals | Wiesbaden travel guide). Over 1,800 actors and 20 riders participating in the tournament and more then 600 tents bring back the middle ages for 2 weekends of the year. For more info click the link below. (Source:
Dates for 2010: April 4th-5th and May 1st-2nd

Regensburger Spectaculum

The city of Regensburg (Regensburg vacation rentals | Regensburg travel guide) will take you back in time on the last weekend of July. Musicians and artists, along with archers and knights will do their best to entertain you for 3 days. For more info click the link below. (Source:
Dates for 2010: July 23th - 25th

Medieval Market in Munich

Have you ever wanted to experience the beautiful city of Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide) in winter? Medieval entertainment, musicians and colourful events from the 11th to the 16th century will make this Christmas market in Munich a wonderful alternative to the Renaissance festivals that take place during the summer. For more info click the link below. (Source:
Dates for 2010: November 25th - December 23rd

Hexenagger Castle

Visit this special Christmas market in medieval style in and around the castle and give your friends and family the special gift of handcrafted Christmas presents, created by skilled artists and craftsmen. Listen to festive music and fairy tales and be surrounded by the snowy landscape of Hexenagger, located about 1.5 hours north of Munich. For more info click the link below. (Source:
Dates for 2010: November 26th – 28th, December 3rd-5th and 10th-12th
Dates for 2011: November 25th – 27th, December 2nd-4th and 9th-11th

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Anita Irujo

This travel guide has been written by Anita Irujo.

My name is Anita and I was born in Graz, Austria. In 2006, my study abroad brought me to the US for the first time. I left the US after spending almost a year in Savannah, GA, and decided to return to work on my thesis for a few more months. During this time I met my husband and faith has it that I now share the same destiny as many other foreigners I have met since then. They come to study and find themselves staying for good. In my case, for the very best reasons :) Last year, we moved into the Boston area for job opportunities and found ourselves in an environment rich of good food, art and culture. We love dancing (especially Salsa) and enjoy diving into the diverse communities of Boston and Cambridge. German of course is a big part of our lives, I teach my husband German (with a Styrian dialect), we visit a Stammtisch, cook Austrian/German food and indulge in the beer made by the local micro-breweries of Massachusetts.

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Hexenagger Castle

Medieval Market in Munich

Regensburger Spectaculum

Freienfelser Knights’ Tournament

Kaltenberger Knights’ Tournament

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