Veranstaltungshighlights Oberwesel Veranstaltungen

[Translate to English:] Erleben Sie den historischen Charme von Oberwesel und feiern Sie mit uns! Die Stadt Oberwesel sorgt wieder mit vielen abwechslungsreichen Veranstaltungen für beste Urlaubslaune.

Mediaeval Spectaculum

Every second year at Whitsuntide (even-numbered years)

For more than 25 years, the Mediaeval Spectaculum in Oberwesel has been one of the most renowned festivals of its kind in all Germany. Its authentic flair, and the passionate commitment of all those involved, have spread the fame of this festival far beyond regional borders; in fact, it now enjoys international recognition.

Modern inventions are off limits at the Spectaculum in Oberwesel: here, you won’t find electricity or electrical appliances, any sort of plastic, plastic plates or cutlery, paper plates or serviettes, fast food, bottles or soft drink cans. 

Instead, carpenters display their craftsmanship against the wonderful backdrop of the mediaeval town wall, showing how half-timbered houses were formerly built. Wattle and daub builders infill panels, and stone masons create ornamental works of art from rough stone.

Coopers, wine draymen, dyers, cartwrights and wheelwrights, broom-makers and weavers, turners and slate cleavers, wild honey collectors, distillers, potters, lamp makers and gingerbread makers display their all-but-forgotten arts.

And of course, visitors do not have to stroll along the romantic, straw-covered streets and squares on an empty stomach. A wide range of mediaeval foods and drinks are on offer: wine and juices in clay mugs, beer from wooden barrels, and “witches’ feast” sandwiches in hollowed bread loaves.

All participants wear historic costumes, and in the evenings, the marketplace glows mysteriously in the soft light of candles and lanterns. The fascinating world of the Middle Ages is so close, you can almost touch it.