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Beer & Medieval Festivals
A selection of beer & medieval festivals in the Bavarian Forest & Czech Republic
From Spring through to Autumn, there are beer and medieval re-enactment festivals virtually every weekend. If you want to plan your visit to take in some of the best, here are a few to choose from. Most events are free except the Dragon Slaying Festival where booking tickets is recommended.
The dates given here are approximate dates.
Beer & Medieval Festivals in the Bavarian Forest & Czech Republic
Historical Weekend and Annual Folklore Festical in Plzen (Czech Republic). Easy to reach by train.
|June : St. Benno Fest in Bodenmais - the 1st big village Beer Fest of the summer. Easy to reach by train.
||June: Festival of the Five-Petalled Rose in Cesky Krumlow (Czech Republic). This lovely UNESCO World Heritage Site is well worth a visit at any time of the year but the the festival is a wonderful addition. (Car essential)
|June: St. Guntherfest in Rinchnach, the oldest settlement in the Bavarian Forest. On the Sunday there is a decorated horse and cart procession.
||June: Festival of the Salt Route in Prachatice (Czech Republic). One of the major festivals celebrating the old trading routes from Bad Reichenhall to Bohemia. (Car essential)
|July Grenzlandfest in Zwiesel, the 1st of the big, week long, local Beer Fests: fun fair, beer tents, sports competitions. Easy to reach by train.
July: this is the best weekend of all for the medieval festivals, come if you can!
Saeumerfest in Grainet celebrates the salt carriers, with a procession, sword fights and music.
Pandurenfest in Speigelau commemorates the attack of Maria Theresia's Panduren (Croatian mercenaries) on the Bavarian Forest, with fabulous costumes, sword fights, medieval market. Easy to reach by train.
|July/August: Pichelsteiner Fest in Regen, 2nd of the big week long Beer Fests: with gondolas on the river and the famous Pichelsteiner Eintopf (casserole). Easy to reach by train.
||August (not every year): the Dragon Slaying Festival in Furth im Wald - the biggest historical spectacle in East Bavaria. With medieval market, demonstrations. Tickets necessary for the main performances.
|August: Volksfest in Spiegelau. Easy to get to by train.
||August: Saeumerfest in Grafenau - the last major salt route festival of the summer, in the oldest town in the Bavarian Forest. Procession, craft demonstrations, mummers and musicians.
August: the Gaeubodenfest in Straubing. The second largest Beer Fest in Bavaria, after the Munich Oktoberfest.
|August: Cave Gaudium in Furth im Wald. Sword fighting festival.
|September: Karpfhammer Fest - the largest agricultural festival in Bavaria.
||September: Freyunger Schlossfest: the last big medieval fest of the summer at Schloss Wolfstein.
Market, camp fires, demonstrations, music, fire eaters etc.
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