The festival

The festival

Comprehensive information about
Landshuter Hochzeit 1475

The association

The association

"Die Förderer" are the organizers
of the Landshuter Hochzeit 1475

The town

The town

Information about the town and
the locations of the festival

The festival

The festival

Comprehensive information about
Landshuter Hochzeit 1475

The association

The association

"Die Förderer" are the organizers
of the Landshuter Hochzeit 1475

The town

The town

Information about the town and
the locations of the festival

Landshuter Hochzeit 1475
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Countless visitors from all over the world have experienced the "Landshuter Hochzeit 1475", a historical pageant that is among the greatest in Europe. More than 2,000 participants in medieval costumes bring a festival to life in all the splendour of the Late Middle Ages – the wedding between Hedwig, the Polish King’s daughter, and Georg, the son of the Landshut Duke.

In 1474 ambassadors had been sent to Cracow to negotiate the marriage of the Polish King’s daughter. In the autumn of 1475 the 18-year-old bride left Cracow with a large escort and arrived at Landshut after travelling for two months. Princes and bishops welcomed the bride, and the Elector of Brandenburg referred to the union as divine ordinance ”for the benefit of Christendom and the Empire“. In the majestic St. Martin’s Church the Archbishop of Salzburg conducted the wedding ceremony. The bridal procession then moved through the spacious main street (Altstadt) while from the hill the castle "worthy of a king" greeted them as it does today. From the windows of the houses the ladies watched the knights jousting. In the Town Hall the Emperor led the first dance with the bride and ten thousand guests caroused, played and danced.

Around the year 1880 artists from Munich painted scenes from the "Landshuter Hochzeit 1475" in the State Room of the Landshut town hall. These frescoes aroused in some townsmen the desire to revive the procession of princes, bishops, musicians, bride and bridegroom. In 1902 they founded the association "Die Förderer" and held their first bridal procession in 1903. Nowadays visitors are enchanted by a pageant which, through its historical accuracy, has developed into a living documentary. The festival play in the Town Hall makes them familiar with the exciting events of 1475. The concerts ”Music from around 1475” and ”Laudate Dominum” acquaint them with music from the gothic period. They can watch the "masque", a form of burlesque entertainment. At the Town Hall they can witness medieval dancing and playing. In the tavern in ”Steckengasse” they can indulge in medieval life, enjoying music, food and drink. The Festive games in the night camp give the guests an idea of the great medieval festival. During the Sunday procession they cheer the bride, and in the tournament ground knights perform the medieval jousting games.