Smallest town in Pfalz holds medieval market

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
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Participants of the medieval market in Obermoschel walk into the castle yard. This year’s medieval market takes place Saturday and Sunday.

Obermoschel in the Donnersberg area will hold a medieval market Saturday and Sunday at its nearby castle called Moschellandsburg.

The event will open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. It will feature vendors, craftsmen, knights, noblewomen, Vikings, musicians, jugglers and fire eaters.

At the foot of the castle, in a camp, visitors can experience how life was in the various eras of the Middle Ages.

Medieval food specialties based on old recipes will be served.

Vikings, crusaders, knights and soldiers will present show fights with swords, spears and battle axes at 4 p.m. on both days.

Vendors will sell their merchandise in the yard of the castle, which is about 1,000 years old. Crafters such as basket makers, weavers, salters, bow makers, black smiths, dyers and shoemakers will demonstrate medieval craftsmanship.

Saturday, around 9:30 p.m., noble people will walk with torches to the castle, where a fire show will be presented with the musicians of the group Ranunculus.

Jugglers and musicians will entertain the audience throughout the camp and castle areas on both days.

Admission fee is €6 for adults and €3 for children and visitors in medieval clothes. Children shorter than a sword (1.40 meters) are admitted for free.

Parking lots are available at the foot of the castle.

Obermoschel is located on B420 northwest of Rockenhausen. It is known as the smallest town in the Pfalz. Moschellandsburg was built in the 12th century. In the Thirty Years’ War (1618 to 1648), the castle was conquered by the Spanish, the Croatians and the Swedish. The French destroyed it in 1689. Worth seeing is the shield wall made of squared stones and the remains of the gate tower, ring wall, horse stables and well.

A blacksmith shows off his skills during the medieval fest in Obermoschel. The medieval market features numerous craftsmen, vendors, jugglers, musicians and noble people Saturday and Sunday.