Kirchheimbolanden will celebrate its 65th annual “Residenzfest,” residence fest, under the motto “three summer days in the little residence” from Saturday to Monday. The summer fest will feature live music, dance performances, culinary specialties and regional wines along medieval walls, gates and towers.
Kirchheimbolanden is called “the little residence,” because it was the residence of the princes of Nassau-Weilburg for about 400 years. In 1368, it received town rights during the time the town wall, gate and towers were built. The palace, palace garden, ball house, orangery, court church and Baroque houses were built in the 18th century. These buildings reflect the character of the town.
City officials including the mayor and the wine and beer majesties will open Residenzfest at 5 p.m. Saturday on Römerplatz.
The first activity, which takes place each year, will be the run for children starting at 5:45 p.m. followed by the run for adults at 6 p.m.
Local associations and winegrowers will offer wines from the Donnersberg area as well as the nearby valleys, Alsenztal and Zellertal. Visitors can taste international and Palatinate food specialties such as liver dumplings with sauerkraut, potato pancakes, vintners’ steaks with fried potatoes, salad with shrimps, goulash soup, fish and game specialties, Persian and Turkish food and various vegetarian dishes.
Sunday will start with a ballet matinee at 11 a.m. in the Schlossgarten, palace garden, and stores will be open from 1 to 6 p.m.
An organ concert is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Paulskirche.
The regional renowned duet Nimm 2 will present piano hits and swing rarities from Billy Joel to Frank Sinatra starting at 7 p.m. at the stage on Römerplatz. A glowworm and lantern parade leading through the old part of town will begin at 9:30 p.m.
Monday, vintners’ yards will open 6:30 p.m. and offer live music. The band Pirm Jam will play acoustic rock at 7 p.m. on the stage on Römerplatz before the summer fest closes out with a fireworks display at 10:30 p.m.
Kirchheimbolanden is located north of Kaisers-lautern, about 25 km from Sembach on federal street B40. For more information on residence fest, visit www.kirchheimbolanden.de or www.donnersberg-touristik.de.