Reipoltskirchen will host a medieval market at the bottom of its “Wasserburg,” a moated castle, Saturday and Sunday. For the fourth time, this castle, which is one of the best-kept castles in the Pfalz, will be the location for medieval groups presenting the life of the Middle Ages.
“Our medieval market also features knights fights, dance performances, musical presentations, craftsmanship demonstrations and children’s activities,” said organizer Thomas Fischer. “One of the highlights will be the juggling duet Jomamakue, who entertains the audience throughout both days and shows off a fire show at 10:45 p.m. Saturday.”
Vendors will sell herbs, spices, jewelry, toys, clothes, leather goods, soap, berry wines and liquor. Craftsmanship presentations include spinning wool, dying wool, pottery, blacksmithing and embroidery.
Visitors have the opportunity to learn archery and how to use bow and arrow.
“For the first time we are able to present a show with birds of prey at noon and 4 p.m. Sunday,” Fischer said.
Children can have fun in different camps and take part in basket making, building with clay and face painting.
Medieval culinary specialties such as duck legs, roast pork, onion meat, goulash, fire pot, steaks and vegetarian dishes will be served. Cakes and coffee will be available as well.
The event will start at 2 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. Admission fee is €4. Visitors in medieval costumes pay €2. Children shorter than a sword, or 1.3 meters, are admitted free.
“We are looking forward to welcoming many visitors from throughout all over. Depending on the weather we expect up to 3,000 visitors,” Fischer said.
Reipoltskirchen is located in the middle of the Odenbach Valley, north of Niederkirchen and south of Odenbach. It is more than 800 years old and is known as one of the oldest villages in Rheinland-Pfalz. The castle supposedly was erected in 1181 to help secure the valley. Today the moat and two stories of the tower are left from the original castle. The castle keep was renovated and a restaurant was built around it. Its arched cellar can be rented as a wedding room.
For more details on the medieval market, visit www.reipoltskirchen.com/?Mittelaltermarkt.