Moated castle revives Middle Ages

Reipoltskirchen will host a medieval market at the bottom of its “Wasserburg,” moated castle, Saturday and Sunday. For the sixth time, this castle, which is one of the best-kept castles in the Pfalz, will be the location for medieval groups presenting the life of the Middle Ages.

The market times are:
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

There will be bird of prey demonstration (Sunday) and knights fights. Dancing groups and musicians will entertain the audience. Jugglers and witches will walk around and show off their skills. Fire-eaters will present a fire show after darkness Saturday night.

Vendors will sell herbs, spices, jewelry, toys, clothes, fur coats, soap, liquors, berry wines and mead. Craftsmanship presentations include shoemaking, stone cutting and the creation of glass pearls.

Visitors can take part in archery and the use of bow and arrow. Children will enjoy a merry-go-round and learn to do pottery.

Medieval culinary specialties such as duck legs, roast pork, onion meat, goulash, fire pot, steaks and vegetarian dishes will be served. Cakes and coffee will be available as well.

Admission fee is €4. Visitors in medieval costumes pay €2. Children shorter than a sword (1.30 meters) are admitted free.

Reipoltskirchen is situated in the middle of the Odenbach Valley, north of Niederkirchen and south of Odenbach. It is more than 800 years old and is considered one of the oldest villages in Rheinland-Pfalz. The castle supposedly was erected in 1181 to help securing the valley. Today the moat and two stories of the tower are left from the original castle. The castle keep was renovated and a restaurant was built around it. Its arched cellar can be used as wedding room.