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When our friends from Canada visited us in Germany we took them to Kaltenberg to spend a day at the "Kaltenberger Ritterturnier". (Kaltenberg Knights' Tournament)
This is an event that brings back medieval times. You will not only see knights fighting in full armor, you are completely enthralled with the medieval atmosphere.
Kaltenberg is today part of Geltendorf and can easily be reached from Munich by public transportation. (S-Bahn)
We strongly recommend to use this service if you want to try the good beer and food offered during this event.
To be honest, we did not see too much from Kaltenberg or from Geltendorf on this day.
We should have returned on another day. My first choice would have been a visit to the "König Ludwig Schloßbrauerei" (a brewery in a castle) to enjoy hopefully their good beer with a meal. It would have been my first meal in a real castle.
Participants came from many countries and hat lots of fun
We arrived very early - hours before the actual knight's tournament began. That was a good advise from my son who had arranged the trip.
There was so much to see and to do and nobody was starving. Many visitors carried reals steins with good dark beer around and sampled medieval styled food. So did we. The weather was also beautiful.
Don't worry if can't understand the songs even though you know some German. Most of them are presented in the German that was spoken hundreds of years ago.
You can purchase unique souvenirs specially made for this event. Lots of martial music and knights everywhere.
Students fully costumed spend their time participating in the fun.
Medieval life music
A great show
This is done on a volunteer basis with the only payment being food and lodging. Actors and stunt men who do the actual jousting come from all over the world, Italy, France, Britain, Spain just to mention a few.
Ww proved your skill with a cross-bow after we have listened to the performance of artists in authentic period costumes while enjoying our mass or more of dark beer and food how it was done hundreds of years ago. It is like stepping back in time, with steers and pig being roasted on an open spit.
Please don't miss the actual games by sitting down and drinking too much dark beer. Take your "Maßkrug" (stein) and join all the opening ceremonies and the actual games.
We really had a good time. Elizabeth was still not accustomed to the German life style - neither our friends from Canada.
To carry a beer around with you in a real stein and not being fenced in was only one surprise.
Black people who spoke Bavarian and not English an other one.
The time was running fast and we had to get ready for the big show.
Use the installed links below to watch some videos to get an impression about this annual event.
Musicians from all over Europe
The nobles enter the scene
King Arthur is fighting against Lancelot - many thanks to "Noren" and Wikipedia
The games in full action
- many thanks to "Patrick Huebgen" and Wikipedia
The fights are performed by professional stunt men. When we where there they all came from France.
Each performance was properly announced - in German. We did not check wether a printed program in English was available.
Did you know that more people in Europe have German as their mother language than English or French?
Even during the games you will learn many things about the medieval customs if you understand the language. Otherwise just enjoy the music and have fun!
It is a great event and whenever you have a chance to see it, do so. They normally take place in July.
Please use the Internet to find out actual information about dates and prices of this noisy spectacle.
Use the links below to watch some of the videos to get an impression of what to expect.
Check also for other festivals in Kaltenberg.
You never had to wait very long for the next performance
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