Princess Jadwiga / Hedwig & the golden cage
This is a picture of the Polish Princess Jadwiga / Hedwig in her golden, royal carriage during the "Hochzeitszug" (the wedding-parade taking place each sunday at 02.00p.m. during the 2 weeks of the festivity).
Hedwig is greeting the population of Landshut, a place that she never saw before and speaking a language she did not know, on the way to the cathedral of St.Martin, where she would meet her future husband. People said, she was crying, when she saw her husband, because he was not handsome at all...
and she was sad when she found out, that she had nothing to say in the kingdom of her husband, she was not envolved in the governement, but had to stay the rest of her life in Burghausen, another castle, 30km south of Landshut.
That way her golden carriage turned into a golden cage for the rest of her life. They had 5 children, but only 2 daughters survived. Hedwig died in 1502 in Burghausen. Make sure you have a chance to watch that wedding-parade, it is certainly the highlight of the festivity. Bringing your own chair or standing along the street is free of charge, ONLY the the seat-tickets at the terraces have to be payed.
Landshuter Hochzeit - every 4th year
Landshuter Hochzeit is the biggest historical event in Europe and it takes place every 4th year. In 2005 it ends july 17th and the next such event will be in the year 2009.
600.000 guests are attending these festivities with plenty of different events during 3 weeks, always from wednesday till sunday.
Landshuter Hochzeit is NOT just like most of the other medieval-costumes-parades, it is the revival of an historic event that took place in Landshut in the year 1475 and all the people you may see in "Landshuter Hochzeit" play their part in these wedding ceremonies...
For more infos about the program, you may click on my link below !
falconry at Landshuter Hochzeit
Falconry is a sport dating back to the medieval times and it was great for me to watch this falcon carried by its master in a crowd of hundreds of people without getting nervous.
Falcons will also be part of the festivity called "Lagerleben" , where in a large tent several falcons will sit and wait for the moment they may start to fly away for hunting.
Other places, where you may watch falconry in action and with performances during the summer-season are :
Cochem a small town along the river Mosel
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Burg Maus in St.Goarshausen (Rhine-valley)
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Rosenburg (in Austria)
"Neustadt" is the name of a street parallell to "Altstadt" and although it is the german expression for "new town" it still dates back to the year 1300. That street is a bit wider than Altstadt and was used for the regular markets since the medieval times.
Neustadt is also full of great facades with beautiful details.