For the 12th time, the city of Annweiler will celebrate a medieval fest to honor Richard the Lionheart of Brittany today to Sunday.
The event will feature a medieval market with vendors and craftsmen, a knights’ camp, jugglers, magicians, children’s activities and musical presentations in the historical part of Annweiler.
At 7 p.m. today, the mayor will officially open the fest by reading a declaration, and all participants will walk into town in a parade.
Market activities with more than 40 stands in the streets will begin at 5:30 p.m. today. Vendors will sell everything from soap, spices, pottery, glass and leather items to jewelry, toys and dream catchers.
Visitors can admire how craftsmen such as turners, potters, goldsmiths, stone cutters, glass blowers, broom makers and tailors worked in former times.
Stands with food and drink specialties will serve flat cake, oriental specialties, sweets, mead, absinth and other drinks from the Middle Ages.
Medieval groups will perform dances, songs and music on medieval instruments.
Children can watch puppet theater performances, try out archery and listen to fairy tales. Jugglers and magicians will entertain the audience with their special skills.
A fire show is scheduled for 10:15 p.m. today and Saturday. The night watchman will walk his rounds at the end of the activities at midnight.
The medieval fest will start at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Suday.
Tickets cost €2 today and €7 Saturday and Sunday. Children under 12 are admitted free. Visitors in medieval costumes pay reduced prices.
The English king, Richard the Lionheart, was a prisoner in Trifels Castle in Annweiler from 1193 to 1194. German Emperor Heinrich VI captured him on his way back from the Holy Land. Richard had to stay in prison until the English paid an incredibly high ransom. Trifels Castle still houses imitations of the former imperial insignia, crown, orb and scepter.
Opening hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April through September, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. October through March. The castle is closed in December. Admission fee is €4.50 for adults and €2.50 for children.
Annweiler is located on federal street B10, between Pirmasens and Landau.
For additional information about the Richard Loewenherz Fest, visit www.richard-loewenherz-fest.de.