If you think medieval pageants with knights, minstrels and noble maids are only for kids or geeks, you should visit the one of Eggenburg, which is a huge, annual spectacle for lovers of the Middle Ages in Austria and beyond. The town is (partly) surrounded by an original wall of the 14th century and has a beautiful square with well preserved, old houses – so it’s an ideal setting for such a venue, they must have thought. Locals as well as visitors take that festival really seriously, you can see how much effort they put into details: Even the modern traffic signs were covered with bearings or flags and not to mention the wonderful, lovely made costumes most of the visitors were dressed up with. I was quite amazed about the amount of people who were so passionate about medieval clothes, accessories and handicraft. On the other hand – think of all the popular series or movies like Game of Thrones, The Hobbit etc., which all play in sort of a medieval setting: No surprise, the Middle Ages are hip! Although that era is known for being very dark and rough, the festival definitely focuses on the bright side where kids, young-at-hearts and foodies should have a good time. I couldn’t resist the fairy-talish-Robin-Hood-atmosphere either! Btw next year’s date is September 10th-11th 2016 (click here for more information) 😉 Call me a geek or whatsoever but I loved it!
Even these guys were dressed up properly. And they were huuuuge!
Is this how they used to take baths in the medieval?
Food and drinks were hearty as you would expect. If you’re a meat lover, this is paradise! And don’t miss Met (honey) beer! I don’t like beer usually but this one was sooo good!
What would the medieval be without weapons, right? I especially love archery and I’m practicing it for a while now. Still not very good at it but it’s such an aesthetic sport!