Matzenbach lures ‘Vikings’ to medieval market

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

For the fourth time, the community of Glan-Münchweiler will sponsor a medieval market Saturday and Sunday in Matzenbach.

This year’s market will put the emphasis on the visit of the Vikings.

“Finally, the Vikings, on their many trips all over Europe, discovered our village on the map,” said Steffen Schultheiss from the Glan-Münchweiler union community. “They are coming in their rowing boat on the Glan River and show us how they live.”

Courtesy photoThe Vikings come to the Matzenbach medieval market in their row boat Saturday and Sunday.
Courtesy photo
The Vikings come to the Matzenbach medieval market in their row boat Saturday and Sunday.

The event will also feature a knights’ camp, vendors, craftsmen and artists.

Knights will demonstrate show fights on horses and artists will present fire shows. Craftsmen such as blacksmiths, wood carvers, bow makers and pearl makers will demonstrate their skills. Vendors will sell clothes and other useful items. Jugglers and musicians will entertain the audience throughout the days.

Visitors will find neat taverns, where medieval food specialties will be served. The castle kitchen will prepare baked goods, meat dishes and sweet items.

The traditional mead and beer from Middle Ages will be available to taste.

“We as a community don’t want to put the emphasis on a commercial interest, but we want to make our region known to tourists,” Schultheiss said. “That’s why we intend to offer a high-quality program at family-friendly prices.”

Entrance fee is €3; visitors in traditional costumes and children are admitted free.

The event location can be found on Eisenacher Strasse 16 in 66909 Matzenbach. From the Matzenbach train station it only takes a minute to walk to the market area.