Medieval market features vendors, music, show fights

Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***Zweibrücken-Ernstweiler holds its second medieval spring market Saturday and Sunday in Prinzenpark.

Ernstweiler, a part of Zweibrücken, celebrates its 1025th anniversary this year. For two days, Prinzenpark will turn into a stage for a market with medieval merchandise, performances and historical craftsmanship presentations.

A medieval group called “Die Wanderer” presents show fights and a magician takes the audience into a fantasy world. There are jugglers, musicians, dancers, witches and puppet players.

Middle Age craftsmanship includes a stone sculptor, painter, turner, bookbinder, saddler, toy maker and jeweler.

***image2***Vendors sell swords, armaments, shoes, clothes, leather items, jewelry, glasses and handcrafted ceramics.

Visitors find various places to satisfy hunger and thirst.

There is Peter’s smoking cottage with game, lamb and cheese products, Gusto Le Gourmet with pasta and crêpes, a tavern with suckling-pig and onion meat, and a coffee tavern. Also offered are candied almonds and nuts, dried fruit, bakery products and mead.

Times are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
The official market opening with the “Duke of Saarbrücken” is at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Admission fee is €4 for adults. Children and visitors in medieval costumes are admitted free.

Take A62 and A8 to Zweibrücken, take exit 31 to Zweibrücken-Ernstweiler, go into the traffic circle, take the third exit onto Lanzstrasse and go over the bridge; Prinzenpark is right there.