Medieval Splendour, anyone? Landshuter Hochzeit!

Want to take the family out to a truly knightly event?

Countless visitors from all over the world have experienced the “Landshuter Hochzeit 1475”, a historical pageant that is among the greatest in Europe.

More than 2,000 participants in medieval costumes bring a festival to life in all the splendour of the Late Middle Ages – the wedding between Hedwig, the Polish King’s daughter, and Georg, the son of the Landshut Duke.

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. The next 4 yearly celebration of the “Landshuter Hochzeit 1475” takes place from 28 June – 21 July 2013.

In 1474 ambassadors had been sent to Cracow to negotiate the marriage of the Polish King’s daughter. In the autumn of 1475 the 18-year-old bride left Cracow with a large escort and arrived at Landshut after travelling for two months. Princes and bishops welcomed the bride, and the Elector of Brandenburg referred to the union as divine ordinance ”for the benefit of Christendom and the Empire“. In the majestic St. Martin’s Church the Archbishop of Salzburg conducted the wedding ceremony. The bridal procession then moved through the spacious main street (Altstadt) while from the hill the castle “worthy of a king” greeted them as it does today. From the windows of the houses the ladies watched the knights jousting. In the Town Hall the Emperor led the first dance with the bride and ten thousand guests caroused, played and danced.

Nowadays every 4 year the whole city of Landshut transform into a spectacular medieval scene.

The bride’s magnificent entry into the town, as reported by chroniclers, is reenacted
in a pageant with over 2000 participants. At more than 10 locations there will be knightly games, and other medieval entertainment re-enacted in true to history fashion for your enjoyment!

Dressed in the gorgeous
raiment of the period the wedding guests from Poland and Germany make
their way through the town. The Emperor, the Elector, princes and counts, but
also ambassadors, the town’s elders, camp followers, mercenaries and beggar
folk follow the bride. The Late Middle Ages reveal the elegance and pomp
of the period. In 1475 the procession moved to St. Martin’s Church, where
the Archbishop of Salzburg conducted the wedding ceremony. Nowadays the
wedding procession is hailed by the enthusiastic “hallo” cries of thousands of
spectators.

As a family, we will be in Landshut at the last weekend of this show. My boys are extremely excited to see the knights fighting in an exciting tournament, jousting for the prize awarded to the winner by the bride.

For my kids who are so much into knights and fantasy games, this is going to be a fantastic opportunity. There are still tickets available on ebay, if you’d like to go. If you want to sofa-surf, here is some original footage to enjoy!

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