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Markt Falkenstein is well known for the successful plays which have taken place for the past 25 years in the court of the castle. They are called "Burghoffestspiele". Many of the actors are local people but the producers are professionals.
As usual this event did not take place when we explored the Cham Region and came for a brief visit to Markt Falkenstein. I think we would have stayed here to watch such an spectacle.
The "Burg" (castle)
The caste Falkenstein - many thanks to "TPO" and Wikipedia
Instead of the theater performance we enjoyed some sightseeing in Falkenstein and the beautiful surrounding nature.
Please use the link below to watch a medieval market which took place as part of the "Burghoffestspiele".
Markt Falkenstein in the Upper Palatinate - many thanks to "Sukuru" and Wikipedia
Naturally we made it up to the castle and the bordering "rock park". At this time a restaurant was till up there. We shared a table with another couple which was obviously from this area. They first thought we are Americans and praised my German.
The told us about an incident in the fifties when an US jet fighter - a F-84G Thunderjet - was shot down by a Czechoslovakian MIG and crashed close to Markt Falkenstein. Fortunately the pilot used his ejection seat and survived.
We wanted to stay in contact with the couple but lost the address.
The castle - many thanks to "Creando" and Wikipedia
Take a tour through the castle - many thanks to "Creando" and Wikipedia
Markt Falkenstein has only a population of about 3300 and I was impressed when I was told that this little community had purchased the castle for a symbolic price of 1 DM and saved it by doing lots of renovations. Now the castle got the title "Haus des Gastes" (house for our guests) and hosts a hunting museum.
Elizabeth is against all hunting for pleasure and rejected to visit it. I stayed with her.
We learned that the construction of the castle started in 1074. It had many owners who always changed something as long as they had money. Then the castle started to fall into disrepair until it was purchased by Markt Falkenstein.
It's always interesting to hear the history of villages and castles such as Falkenstein. Some of these places played very important roles in the past, they experienced wars, changed ownership and much more.
Visit the castle and collect information, see the changes which have been made during the last 900 years.
Watch the video "Manufactura Monacensis (Mediävisten) auf dem Burgfest / Mittelaltermarkt der Falkensteiner ":
Many thanks for pictures to the Tourist Board of Bavaria and involved communities
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