Manderscheid in Germany brought the Middle Ages back to life with the fabulously historic annual Burgenfest on the last weekend of August.
“Burgenfest” festival takes place around the two Castles of Manderscheid.
The Upper Castle was built around 973 and is the oldest in the Eifel region.
The lower was first recorded around 1133.
Opposing sides owned both castles by opposing sides who remained enemies for many years, so the region has seen many battles.
The castles are spectacularly perched on a hillside with views over the lush volcanic Eifel landscape.
The Lion Knights will transform the field to Medieval times with jousting tournaments, sword fights, and bow and arrow demonstrations.
Throughout the castle grounds, singers, musicians, jugglers, and fire-eaters will continually entertain and delight the crowd.
A real highlight of the festival is the historical artisan market where blacksmiths, lantern artisans, and flower arrangers, among others, will be demonstrating their traditional skills.
Children will be entertained with puppet shows and their very own jousting tournament.
More about Manderscheid
Manderscheid is a spa town in the Rhineland-Pfalz region of Germany.
Set amidst mountains and forests, it’s an ideal spot for outdoor pursuits like hiking, cycling, and fly fishing.
Other attractions include spas, castles and the Maar Museum.
The Eifel is a stunning natural area.
This volcanic mountain range extends from west Germany into east Belgium.
Pension Haus Sonneck is a lovely guest house located in Manderscheid, with a restaurant and bar and a garden and terrace. There is free WiFi and parking.
Manderscheid town centre is a 10-minute walk from here and only 5 minutes to walk to Mandersheid’s two famous castles, Overberg Castle and Niederburg Castle.
This pension has excellent reviews from their visitors.
How to get there
The Eifel is a heavily forested mountainous area, and as such, you can’t fly directly to Manderscheid.
The closest international airports are Frankfurt-Hahn (not to be confused with Frankfurt International Airport),
Luxembourg International Airport and Cologne-Bonn Airport – approximately 36, 70, 90 kilometres, respectively.