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Royal Wedding of Landshut

Parade at the royal wedding of Landshut - www.landshuter-hochzeit.de
Parade at the royal wedding of Landshut - www.landshuter-hochzeit.de

Decorated horse-drawn carriages surrounded by princes, knights, maids and peasants, in colourful costumes and waving large flags fill the roads of Landshut’s old town every four years. Why? They are celebrating the wedding of the Bavarian Duke Georg The Rich to Hedwig Jagiellonica, daughter of the Polish King Kasimir IV Jagiello – even though the actual ceremony took place over 500 years ago.

The Duke and the King’s daughter tied the knot in 1475. In 1903, the Landshuter Hochzeit was celebrated with a street parade for the first time. Since 1985 2,400 of Landshut’s residents have donned medieval costumes every four years. The event will come round again from 28 June to 21 July, 2013. At weekends the participating amateur actors will again slip into their medieval robes and transport the capital of the district of Lower Bavaria back to the Middle Ages.

Before the eyes of over 700,000 spectators from all over the world, every actor has a defined role and must stick to precise guidelines. Maids, peasants and princes must not wear glasses, watches or bring mobile phones: Everything should look as authentic and realistic as if it really were the Middle Ages. Playing a part in the Landshut Wedding is often a matter of family tradition, carried out from childhood and over several generations.

The celebration has now been re-enacted for 110 years – there is even a silver commemorative coin marking this anniversary. Jousts and games take place in the tournament arena which features a princes’ grandstand. The venerable Trausnitz Castle and the Martinskirche provide an impressive backdrop for the tournament. A historical camp, stalls and taverns attract visitors wishing to explore the Middle Ages – a journey back in time filled with music, dance and theatre, overall more than 90 events every week end.

Source: Invest in Bavaria