The Kaltenberg Kinghts' Tournament is Europe's largest celebration of the middle ages
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You watch a medieval rock concert while swilling some mead and you’re ready for more. It’s to the arena!
There are heroes on horseback, arch-villians in black and damsels in distress. The show’s about to start and your seat, my liege, awaits…
THE COMBATANTS: The knights get ready to swing their swords. Marcus Hoffmann © Kaltenberger Ritterturnier
A GREAT KNIGHT: I really dug the Kaltenberg Knights Festival.
TRAINING DAY: Noble men of the realm refine their horse-skills before the jousting.
STEALING BEAUTY: The Black Knight and company kidnap the princess. Photo by photon ?.
BARBARIANS!: You have to wonder if some of these guys have proper day jobs.
Location: Kaltenberg Schloss, Schloss Strasse 8. It's near Geltendorf, about 50km west of Munich.
Phone: (Tickets) 018 05 11 33 13, (Info) 0900 1 33 14 33 (for overseas inquiries) +49 81 93 93 31 00.
Dates: July 13 to July 29, 2018 - Daytime shows take place on Saturdays and Sundays, and evening shows are on Fridays and Saturdays. For day shows, grounds open at 11am and the parade starts at 1pm.
The arena show goes from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. The official program ends at 7.30pm.
The grounds open at 4pm and the parade (Festumzug) starts at 15.30. The arena show goes from 8pm to 10pm. The official program ends at midnight, but you can party on with the Barbarians’ Club if you want to stay longer.
A "Children’s' Knights' Tournament" - Kinderritterturnier - takes place in the arena just after each of the daytime performances.
On one Thursdayor Friday there is the hugely popular "Gauklernacht" - Jesters’ Night which features an army of 1000+ performers as colourful as they are flexible.
It goes from 6pm to 2am.
The usual arena show doesn’t take place but there’s so much else going on you won’t even notice. Organisers call this night a "Symphony of Light and Fire". Cool!
*Tickets including admission and a seat for the arena show cost between €39 and €71, depending on how close to the action you are.
*Tickets for the roofed royal Lodge cost more.
*If you can’t get a seat for the arena show, don’t worry! Admission to the grounds costs €29, where you can see the market, the parade, the concerts, everything really!
And you can stand at the back of the grandstands and watch the arena show anyway.
*Jesters’ Night tickets cost €33.
*Kids under 6 years get in free, but there’s no guarantee of a seat for the arena show. Tickets for kids 6 to 15 are €5 less than the adult tickets, except for the Lodge where they pay full-price.
It’s an extra €5 cheaper for these kids on Sunday the 5th.
*There’s also a 10 percent advanced booking fee and €1.20 service charge per ticket.
*You can book tickets online with the "Kaltenberger Ticket Machine" here. Keep in mind it's in German, but it's not so difficult to navigate - you can even pick your exact seats for the arena show.
*Alternatively, you can call the international ticket hotline on +49 8193 933 222.
Directions: If you’re coming by public transport take an S-Bahn train (the number S4) to Geltendorf and then get a special connecting bus to the Kaltenberg Knights Festival.
To check connections visit the Deutsche Bahn site here.
If you're coming from Munich's main station enter Muenchen Hbf into the first line and Geltendorf into the second line. Give yourself at least an hour to get there from Munich.
*The tournament takes place regardless of rain, hail or surprise dragon attack but you’re asked not to use umbrellas in the arena because they annoy the people sitting behind you.
*Dogs aren’t allowed, they don't get along with the goblins.
*Prams and baby carriages are allowed in the grounds but have to be left outside the arena, at the first-aid station.
I've put together two pages of photos and info about past festivals. You can find these here: Kaltenberg and here: Kaltenberg photos. If you'd like more general information about the festival, please read on on this page!
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