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Explore Furth im Wald
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Furth im Wald is well known for an annual event which has taken place for over 500 years. It is called "Slaying the Dragon" and is the oldest performance of this kind in all of Germany.
It takes place in August and we came earlier.
It is a great tourist attraction and I was told that many local people and groups participate.
I have installed a link to one of the videos - unfortunately it does not show the actual killing of the beast. The creators certainly did this on purpose - they want that you actually come to Furth im Wald to see that.
The town has a population of about 9000 and depends on tourism.
I do not want to steal the story which I found on the Internet about the history and background of this event. Please use the Internet and eventually a translation program to read all the details.
Better you visit the local Dragon Museum (Drachenmuseum) - I am sure they will help you.
The final conclusion is that only the princess of Furth and a knight with the name Udo can save the town.
Even when we missed as usual major local events we had a good time here in this medieval town.
Slaying of the dragon, Furth im Wald
Every year the dragon gets killed in Furth im Wald

Furth im Wald - many thanks to "Thomas Kees" and Wikipedia

Furth im Wald - many thanks to "Labradormix " and Wikipedia

Furth im Wald has an underworld. It was created in medieval times. Cellars used for storage of beer were connected by kilometers of aisles in that time to serve as hiding places or as escapes and during WWII as bunkers.
Elizabeth has a little bit of claustrophobia so we did not visit the ghost you should still live there besides some bats.
But she liked the petting zoo at the "Ausflugspark Steinbruchsee". It was not a surprise for me that she talked in English to all the animals. She still had a hard time to get used to the fact that black or Chinese people were speaking German or even Bavarian and not English. We had a "Brotzeit" in the restaurant there.
Certainly a place to visit when you have little children with you.
If you want to watch sea live in the nature visit the so called "Wildgarten". You can watch all kind of local fish living in a natural pond through glass windows. It is not an aquarium as in the previous place. I recommend to visit this place too. It shows the real live under water.

The "Stadtturm" - many thanks to "Labradormix " and Wikipedia
City hall - many thanks to "Labradormix " and Wikipedia

Furth im Wald - many thanks to "Labradormix " and Wikipedia

We enjoyed walking through the town, Elizabeth still discovered things which were new to her but not to me.
We loved the surroundings. Furth im Wald is located in a part of the Bavarian Forest which has been declared a s natural park. Maybe you make a trip to the Czech Republic we did not do that when we visited this area a few years ago.
You can also now visit a new artificial lake close to Furth im Wald. The lake became the name "Drachensee". (Dragon Lake)
If you love what you see look for an accommodation. The tourist office will help you.

Watch the video "Drachenstich Festzug 2009 in Furth im Wald ":


Watch the video "Furth im Wald":


Many thanks for pictures to the Tourist Board of Bavaria and involved communities

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