One of Germans favorite past times during the warm summer months has to be visiting medieval markets.
Many of the old city centers are transformed into something from times long past. Cities like Horb offer trips right into the busy hours of a crowded 12th century market, complete with jesters, traders and the many treasures they brought along with them.
Horb, a quaint town, located along the Neckar River, is proud to share their 22-year-old tradition. Every year in June, the city takes a trip back in time, and they do their very best to be as authentic as possible. During the Maximilian Games, the city and participating factions and guilds go absolutely crazy! The historic backdrop of the city with its half-timber houses, cobblestone streets and tight alleyways does its best to take you right back into the medieval times. This summer the spectacle is to be held on June 14-16.
The main attraction of the fair in Horb has to be the jousting tournament, where knights will battle against each other wielding lances, high up on their armored battle horses. The fair weekend will feature tournaments, held by brave professional stuntmen on their mounts. There will be plenty of seats on wooden bleachers available for spectators to enjoy the show. The city center will be decked out with over 200 vendors and traders praising their wares and offering glimpses into old world productions and crafts.
One of the things that makes this market so authentic is the great effort that is put into dressing the part. Most of the participants will be dressed in historic garments before hitting the streets. Meet knights in full plate armor, jesters in their colorful garb, hunters in leather armor and, of course, the many townsfolk and royal citizens in the beautiful dresses. Before you head home, be sure to check out the camp of the Swabian lansquenets. It gives visitors the chance to take a glimpse into everyday life 500 years ago. Their camp will hold over 100 tents and over 250 participants and will show off attractions like sparing with weapons or cannon shooting.
The 22nd medieval knight games and market offer a wide program, including, but not limited to, medieval music, tavern acts, a parade, the showing of the act of the Horb contract, children’s games and much, much more.
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