This medieval festival is finally over. I am happy when I visited it again for the second time. Landshuter Hochzeit known in English as the Landshut Wedding festival is truly a  must to experience when you are in Germany. It is one of the famous and the largest historical pageant in Europe.

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The street in the Altstadt or Old City was filled with guests, tourists and spectators. In the background is the brick tower of St. Martin’s church. It is said to be the highest church brick tower in the world. This was taken during our visit last July 14, 2013 © www.europetravelpad.com

I was mentioning this historical event to my friends since last year. I visited it once last 2009 and I promised myself to visit it again this year. This event is held every four years. It means the next one will take place in summer 2017. If you are visiting Germany especially the Bavarian region during this time, don’t miss to watch this festival.

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Some of the participants at the Landshut Wedding,  singing medieval songs to the spectators. © www.europetravelpad.com

I thought I will be alone in visiting the festival but some of my friends decided to go with me. We took the DB train or  German train as means of transportation. It is  quite cheaper with the Bayern ticket  and you don’t need to worry about parking your car  anymore. My friends were so glad when I brought them to this event. They said, it was simply amazing and truly one of a kind experience. It was truly travelling back to the medieval times witnessing historical pageant like this.

More than 2,000 participants in medieval costumes bring the festival to life to recreate the Late Middle Ages. It commemorates the wedding between Hedwig, the Polish King’s daughter, and George, the son of the Duke of Landshut.

The original medieval wedding is re-enacted every four years, and everyone gets carried away with medieval jousting, pageantry, feasting and wedding processions for a short period in the summer.

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Performing a play to the audience. © www.europetravelpad.com

Here is a little history about this festival.

The festival is held in memory of the wedding between George of Bavaria, the son of the Bavarian duke, and Hedwig Jagiellon, daughter of King Casimir IV Jagiellon of Poland, in 1475.

The wedding was negotiated in 1474 in Kraków through legations. The marriage was important because it was seen as a strong alliance against the Ottoman Turks. At the time, most royal marriages were not entered into because of love, but because of political motivations. It took the bride two months to travel to Landshut, where she was received by princes and bishops.

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  1. by kikamz, on September 16 2013 @ 1:40 pm

     

    was there in 2009 too! too bad we missed it this year… but there will still be 2017… guess it is too long a time from now but perhaps it is a good excuse to finally meet up! 😀

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