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.

Football Madness

Germans, like the Brits, are well known for their enthusiasm for football. However, this Borussia Dortmund supporter in Zell Kaimt takes his team loyalty to a whole new level.

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I am not sure what the neighbours think of it, but tourists love it!

Mosel Flood Levels

If you ever wondered how deep the Mosel gets during winter, the pic above says it all.

I am 6’2″ (189 cm) tall so had I been standing at that same point in Cochem in 1993 I’d have been in serious trouble! And for any of you that have been to Cochem, you will know that the normal level of the river is significantly below the street level..

The Hochmoselübergang

The Hochmoselübergang (also known as the Hochmoselbrücke) is really taking shape now. You will have seen it if you have driven along the river between Trarben Trarbach and Bernkastel Kues, otherwise you may have read about it on the news.

The project has been one of the most controversial civil engineering projects in Germany to date. Some see it as a gigantic eyesore. Others believe it will have a detrimental impact on the environment. Many argue that alternative, more environmentally friendly and less damaging routes were available. Continue reading “The Hochmoselübergang”

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.

 

Adrenalin Rush at the Nürburgring

As much as I love the peace and tranquillity offered in most parts of the valley, there are times I fancy doing something crazy. Of course, the river offers plenty of scope for thrill junkies from water skiing to being dragged behind a boat at high speed on an inflatable sausage. Sadly, those things have limited appeal to people like me who were not blessed with water wings from an early age. Continue reading “Adrenalin Rush at the Nürburgring”

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