Editor’s Note: This article was published in a previous edition of the Kaiserslautern American and the information has been updated to reflect this year’s event.
The Nature Wild Park Freisen will hold its annual medieval market Saturday and Sunday. The park team will go about 1,000 years back in time and present all eras of the Middle Ages on a fest area of about 90,000 square meters. A medieval town made of about 600 tents will be set up on to house approximately 2,000 actors.
There will be more than 120 groups including Vikings, Celtics and Normans demonstrating life in the Middle Ages.
More than 100 vendors and craftsmen stands can be found in the main market area, where visitors can watch how things were made in former times. Jewelry made of different material, knives, baskets, weapons, belts, shoes, wooden toys, ceramics, hats, lamps, liquors, vinegar, marmalade, mustard and sweets will be up for sale.
Visitors can taste medieval food, including wild boar, flat cakes, potato pancakes, rice and vegetable pots, sauerkraut, waffles and crepes. Drinking specialties include mead, coffee, mocha, tea and soft drinks.
The official market opening with a parade of all participants walking into the area will be at 2 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.
Knights will show off their horses at 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday and at 12:45 and 4:15 p.m. Sunday. Battle demonstrations will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
The stage program will feature musicians with medieval instruments, dancers and jugglers.
A horse show with fire will be at 9:30 p.m. Saturday to be followed by a torch parade to the juggler’s square at 10:15 p.m.
The medieval market will be open from 11 a.m. until midnight Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Admission fee for the medieval market is €10 for adults and free for children younger than 14. Visitors in medieval costumes pay €7. A combination ticket to grant access to the medieval market and the nature wild park is €15 for adults and €10 for visitors in medieval costumes. The tickets are valid for both days. Dogs are authorized if they are on a leash.
Freisen is on autobahn A62, northwest of Glan-Muenchweiler. The park’s address is Hermbacherhof 1, 66629 Freisen. For details, visit www.mittelaltermarkt-freisen.de.