Aug. 11-12: Heidelberg celebrates a 400th wedding anniversary
Throughout the weekend, the city of Heidelberg will celebrate a 400th wedding anniversary on behalf of Frederick V of the House of Wittelsbach, who took Elisabeth Stuart, daughter of English King James I, as his wife on Feb. 14, 1613.
Following a marriage ceremony in London, the dream couple of the day arrived in Heidelberg on June 17, where the pair was welcomed with a two-week celebration culminating in fireworks, a tradition the city keeps alive today.
“The Wedding” will be feted through Sunday with special activities. Friday’s highlights include a rowing regatta at 7 p.m., a boat parade at 10 p.m., and a light show and illuminations from 10:30 p.m.
Saturday’s events include a portrayal of the bride and groom’s arrival in Heidelberg with a procession that departs from the Old Bridge at 2:30 p.m. and historical fireworks at 10:45 p.m.
On Sunday, a pageant honoring the pair makes its way along the Hauptstrasse toward the town hall and Marktplatz at 3 p.m. A display of fireworks from the castle will begin at 10 p.m.
On all days, visitors can enjoy a historical market at the Kornmarkt, a display of camp life circa 1613 at the Universitätsplatz, a garden party at the castle, a wine village at the Marktplatz and stage shows throughout the Old Town. Excerpts from a musical commemorating the wedding will be performed nightly at 7 at the Kongresshaus Stadthalle Heidelberg; admission is free.
For the complete program, see www.thewedding2013.de. Pages are available in English.