Next date: 30 June - 23 July 2023
A royal marriage becomes a civic festival for the whole world"Himmel Landshut, Tausend Landshut!": This cry goes up every four years in the former Bavarian ducal city of Landshut an der Isar, when well over 2000 citizens in original-style costumes bring the most magnificent chapter of their history to life: the "Landshut Wedding of 1475", one of Europe’s largest historical events.
The festival recalls the wedding of theDuke of Wittelsbach, Georg der Reiche von Bayern-Landshut to Hedwig, daughter of the King of Poland, a marriage that united the Christian Occident. Even the Kaiser (Friedrich III) attended as a guest. Directed by the “Die Förderer” association, the people of Landshut stage this noble wedding with great attention to detail and unique enthusiasm, according to the way the event was chronicled in the late Middle Ages.
A city goes medievalFor three weeks, or four weekends, the people of Landshut recreate the many different festivities associated with this famous wedding. With unbounded joy and enthusiasm, which they convey to all visitors. The festivities, held in front of the original backdrop of the old town, the Church of St. Martin and Trausnitz Castle, include a wedding procession, dance performances, historical music and the “Ritt über die Planken”, a tournament for knights in shining armour.
Over the four Sundays of the festival, Landshut plays host to around half a million visitors from all around the world. The whole city, the district capital of Lower Bavaria, enjoys a happy disruption to everyday life. The “Landshut Wedding of 1475” sets out to inspire the crowds with festive spirit, while also satisfying experts with its historical accuracy.
During the Saturday evening festivities, horsemen, jugglers and fire-eaters showcase their skills. The scent of roasted ox and piglet lies in the air, the tankards are full to the brim with foaming beer. "Lagerleben" on Zehrplatz is an immersive experience where visitors from the 21st century find themselves in the middle of an accurate and detailed portrait of 15th century life.