From Friday, 9 August to Sunday, 11 August 2019, the Middle Ages will once again be celebrated at Schloss Rheydt: the popular Ritterfest Schloss Rheydt invites young and old visitors to a fascinating journey back in time to the 15th century. The historical family festival organised by the city’ s Marketing Society has established itself not only in the Lower Rhine region but also far beyond the borders of the region as a special attraction in the summer excursion calendar. As in the past years, a broad programme with many highlights will ensure top-class entertainment.
Also this year a breathtaking jousting tournament will take place on an area of 4,000 sqm in front of the castle. It will be presented by the stunt rider group “Die Kaskadeure”, which specialises in such show tournaments and includes not only the riders with their horses, but also a large number of foot troops, fencers, squires and parsevants. A grandstand with 200 seats offers the best view of the exciting show: “The Heart of the Knight of Rheydt”. Between the tournaments the Buhurt will captivate you. This historically equipped contact sport came into being at the turn of the millennium and has only recently taken on its present form.
The large medieval market with its unique castle atmosphere and extensive selection – from fine jewellery to warm felt vests – is an invitation to browse and marvel. Basket weavers, cartwrights, blacksmiths, stonemasons, candlemakers, fabric dyers, felters and many more display their craftsmanship and offer their goods for sale. Baker’s yards, roaster’s yards and taverns provide for your physical needs. In the evening on Friday and Saturday, the tavern entertainment and medieval music on the torch-lit concert courtyard offer an atmospheric programme.
A colourful children’s programme with an adventurous children’s jousting tournament and exciting archery, a fascinating demonstration of birds of prey, a new merry-go-round and an entertaining puppet theatre is organised for little knights and noblewomen. On a small farm, ponies, geese, sheep and many other animals are waiting to be stroked. The youngest visitors can try their hand at felting, rope-making or in the children’s smithy. Dogs are not allowed on the castle grounds because of the free-range peacocks.