Published: May 15, 2013
Dust off your cloak and curly-toed slippers because throughout Germany, the weekend of Pentecost Sunday(May 18-19) will be awash in the Middle Ages. Such events typically are held in medieval town centers, castles or picturesquely situated ruins, and feature stalls laden with wares from gems to jellies. Entertainment typically includes birds of prey demonstrations, juggling jesters and knights in battle. Some require entry fees.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, for example, remembers its past through Monday, May 20, as soldiers in uniform, a military parade, costumed performers and a medieval marketplace evoke the year 1631. Each day of the event reflects a different facet of the town’s history, from when it was under siege to its restoration and prosperity.
Published: May 1, 2013
A great day out can feel like a miniature vacation. Those who enjoy physical activity, camaraderie, and good food and drink can find their perfect escape by assembling a group of friends and heading off to experience one of Germany's dozens of auto-free days.
From late morning through early evening, generally on a Sunday or public holiday, a scenic stretch of highway will be closed off to motorized vehicles. Cyclists, hikers and in-line skaters will find themselves kings of the road --- at least for a day. Free festivities are organized at the start and end points, as well as in towns along the way. Routes often run alongside rivers or through vineyards, and when it comes time to pause for a drink or snack, visitors are spoiled for choice by the countless stands set up by local vintners and restaurants.