Castles and churches and charm..
Trip Start Jul 2008
33Trip End Dec 2008
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We really enjoyed exploring Würzburg, where Bill´s Mom taught school on a military base back in the 60´s. The city is rich with history, but they seem to downplay a lot of the WWII portion of it. And generally, it seems that Germany deals with the dark subject of WWII with a very very subtle touch.
But the rest of history continues to surprise with the sweet burst of a refreshing Reisling. Our hostel in Würzburg was situated at the base of the imposing bulk of the Fortress Marienberg, whose "modern" history as a fort dates back to 1200
We happened upon a medieval festival of sorts on the castle grounds and decided to check it out. We saw a tounament that included sword fights, hammer battles, jousting, a damsel up for grabs, a jester-hero, and a rather un-cooperative falcon (trying to steal the show from the jester).
We ate medieval wood-baked pizza and sampled cherry beer while feasting our eyes on some serious people watching. While most folks were dressed in street clothes, about 20% of the crowd was dressed in some sort of medieval outfit. The most common accessory seemed to be a cows horn drinking vessel that attaches to one's belt with a leather sling, but we also saw tuncs galore, pointy-toed leather boots, wooden clogs, kilts, chain mail, fur pelts, and a ninja.
Entertainment included a guy playing a celtic harp (who closed with an English medieval-festival-version of the song "I`m too sexy"), then a period group who played pipes and drums, and then a similar group with a death-metal twist. Strangley enough, on a midsummers night under the torchlit ramparts of an ancient castle, heavy- metal-Goth-Celtic sorta worked....but we didn`t buy the CD.