5th Medieval Days in Trier

Be transported to the days of chivalrous knights and damsels in distress at the Medieval Days which takes place on 28th and 29th July 2018.

The area around the Kurfürstliches Palais will come alive with all things Medieval from jugglers, traditional music and dancing, fire eaters, knight’s games to traditional craftsmen selling their wares and much more. Of course, food and drink will be available from various cook shops and taverns.

The fun starts from 11:30 am on the Saturday and ends at 11 pm. On Sunday, the hours are 11:30 am through to 6 pm. Entry costs €8 for adults and €6 for kids under the age of 16, students and pensioners. Family tickets cost €16 which covers two adults and all children up to the age of 16. Children under 1.20m in height admitted free.

The brochure for the event (sadly only in German) is available by clicking here.

Zeller Lange Tafel (Zell Long Table)

On Saturday 20th July from 11am, the 2018 Zell Long Table (”Zeller Lange Tafel”) kicks off.

As the name suggests, a 400 metre long table runs the entire length of Balduinstraße (which is the main shopping street of the town) at which local cafes, bars, restaurants and even shops serve up various food specialities and of course copious amounts of local wine.

A host of events take place throughout the day. Of course, most will be in German, but the people are friendly and the atmosphere is great. The programme is as follows:

11am – Official opening.

12am – Tour for children followed by spaghetti making and painting competition. Meeting point is the Schwartze Katz fountain. Ends at around 2pm.

5pm & 7pm – Performances of the play ”Zeller Schwarze Katz” by the laymen of the town hall. The play (in German but still entertaining) tells the story of how the town’s wine was named.

10pm – Lantern walk and cellar tour of the Zeller Kelterhaus. Meeting point at the Schwartze Katz fountain.

There will also be live and disco music.

Ostrich Farm & Carmelite Church

I bet few of you realise that there is actually an ostrich farm in the countryside near Bengel, which is on the road from Alf to Wittlich.

Owned by the juggler and comedian Christoph Engels, “Straußenfarm Zur Klostermühle” is set amongst historic mill and farm buildings surrounded by meadows. There is a very pleasant cafe and beer garden overlooking those meadows so you can have a cup of coffee and a slice of cake or an ostrich bratwurst whilst the kids let off steam outside.

Of course, the highlight of the place is the ostriches which are bred on site. When we visited, we saw plenty of all sizes and trust me, some of them are HUGE! Just don’t tell the children that they end up on the dinner table though. On that subject, the meat and a few other products are available to buy on-site.

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The farm is open until the end of September on weekends only from 1 pm. Ostrich tours (unfortunately I am not sure if they are available in English) are available from 2pm or by appointment. The cafe is closed on 4th and 11th of August due to special events. There is a Mill Festival taking place on 9th September 2018.

Sadly the website is only available in German, but is available here if you want to take a look anyway.

Whilst you are there, on the opposite side of the road to the farm in Springiersbach is a stunning baroque Carmelite church attached to a monastery. This is definitely worth a visit as it has an incredibly ornate interior akin to the baroque churches in Bavaria and other parts of Europe.

There are regular concerts and other events held here, details of which (in German) can be found here. If you are interested in the history of the church and monastery, there is a potted version of it here.

Knight’s Meal at Reichsburg, Cochem

The impressive Reichsburg medieval fortress in Cochem has several activities over the year, one of the most popular being the Knight’s Meal.

As the name suggests, you are served medieval style food by people in costume from the period, and the entertainment also harks from that era. Of course, meat features on the menu, but vegetarians are not forgotten as a meatless version of the meal is available.

The event takes place several times a month and most are in German with English translation sheets provided. They do hold a limited number in English, the next being on Saturday 1st September 2018 and one on Friday 21st September 2018.

The meal lasts around four hours and costs €49 for adults and €24.50 for children aged 6 to 17 years. Be prepared to share a table with others – not only is that very medieval, but it is also common in parts of Germany and does make for a very social experience.

Reservation is essential as the event sells out quickly. Full details including a menu, availability chart and booking form are available here.

 

German Public Holidays

I know we are half way through 2018 already, but for those of you still wondering, here is a list of the public holidays for Rhineland Palatinate (or Rheinland Pfalz as it is in German) over the remainder of the year:

  • Day of German Unity – Wednesday 3rd October 2018
  • All Saints Day – Thursday 1st November 2018
  • Christmas Day – Tuesday 25th December 2018
  • 2nd Day of Christmas (St. Stephen’s Day / Boxing Day) – Wednesday 26th December 2018
  • New Year – Tuesday 1st January 2019

It should be noted that in Germany, where a public holiday falls on a weekend no other day off is given lieu. We are lucky this year as they are all midweek.

Source: https://www.officeholidays.com/countries/germany/index.php

5th Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge at Ediger Eller

Whether are into sports challenges or just like beefy firemen, this event is for you. It is the Fifth Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge / 8th Firefighter Combat Challenge European Championship which takes place in Ediger Eller between 29th of June to the 1st of July 2018.

More info can be found on the website here although unfortunately, you will need to run it through Google translate as it is in German.

37th International Powerboat Race / 37 Internationale Motorbootrennen

For something a little different head over to Traben Trarbach on 9th and 10th June because the 37th international “Motorbootrennen” (powerboat race) is taking place.

Racing teams from around the world will be competing over the weekend in various races, plus of course, there will be practice sessions taking place also. You will be amazed at the speeds these boats reach and how agile they are as they skim across the surface of the water.

The event is free for spectators and the programme is available on the event website (sadly only in German so you will need to use Google Translate) which can be found here. On there is a map showing the location of the event and parking arrangements, plus the programme.

Medieval Days in Bernkastel-Kues

Be transported to the days of chivalrous knights and damsels in distress at a Medieval Spectacle which takes place on 9th and 10th June 2018.

The banks of the river in Kues will come alive with all things Medieval from jugglers, traditional music and dancing, fire eaters, Knight’s games to traditional craftsmen selling their wares and much more. Of course, food and drink will be available from various cook shops and taverns.

The fun starts at 11:30 am on Saturday and ends at 11 pm. On Sunday, the hours are 11:30 am through to 6 pm. Tickets cost €8 for adults and €6 for kids under the age of 16, students and pensioners. Family tickets cost €16 which covers two adults and all children up to the age of 16. Children under 1.20m in height admitted free.

The brochure for the event (sadly only in German) is available by clicking the following link:

https://www.mittelaltertage.com/mittelaltertage-zu-bernkastel-cues/

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