by 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
The historical wine-growing city of Freinsheim will celebrate its annual “Stadtmauerfest,” or town wall fest today through Monday.
A medieval curtain wall and Baroque buildings set the stage for this traditional wine fest. Food and wine booths will stretch for more than a kilometer along both sides of the historical town wall. Local vintners, restaurant owners and associations will serve Palatinate culinary specialties and regional wines.
Before the formal opening at 7 p.m., the vendors will march in through the town’s Iron Gate at 6 p.m., accompanied by a marching band and wine princesses from Freinsheim.
The fest opens with Udo Pfaesterer, a band that plays music from sixties until present, at 6 p.m. at Altstadtterrasse. Glanzblick & Friends will perform acoustic pop at winery Weinreich at Hauptstrasse at 7 p.m., and Trudy van Fredward will begin at 7 p.m. in the Kirchner winery. Starting at 8 p.m., Basement Day will entertain visitors with rock-pop at the MC Brothers of Freedom pub.
The Stadtmauerfest will begin at noon Saturday and Sunday. Monday it opens at 4 p.m. and continues until midnight.
Throughout the fest days, numerous bands and artists will present various music styles in different locations. Performers include GOODTimes and the duo band Fame with evergreens and country music, the rock and pop band Robin Sun, The Flames with acoustic pop and 2 of Us with classic rock music.
Sunday, stores will be open for shopping from 1 to 6 p.m.
The old part of town will be closed to motorized traffic. Visitors can park at the edge of town and walk a few steps to get to the festivities.
Freinsheim’s historical town hall was built in the 15th century. After the town came under the domination of the electoral palatinate in 1471, new authorities established the current walls. With the Iron Gate, construction of the fortification came to an end in 1514. Until the beginning of the 19th century only two gates were leading out of town. Besides the two town gates, the Iron Gate in the east and the Hain Gate in the southwest, about 20 towers were put up within the wall. Today, five towers are left. Freinsheim is known as one of the nicest and most complete town fortification facilities in the Pfalz. For visitors it’s worth a tour around the town wall, which takes about one hour.
To get to Freinsheim, travel on A6 direction Mannheim; take the Gruenstadt exit; follow the signs to Kirchheim, Dackenheim and Freinsheim.
For more information on Freinsheim and the town wall fest, visit www.stadt-freinsheim.de.