Medieval Experience Days - Of jesters, minstrels and harlequins

Mittelalterliche Erlebnistage

On five weekends from May to September 2021, young and old can immerse themselves in the Middle Ages at the ruins of Hardenburg Castle and Fortress near Bad Dürkheim and get to know completely different worlds of life and work. If one weekend is all about witches, heroes and marksmen, on another weekend a juggler entertains the audience with crazy tricks. Craftsmen also show their skills, or there is dancing and music. The performances are complemented by appropriate hands-on activities. So every visit is an exciting adventure. Each weekend has a different theme, so that a comprehensive insight into life and work in the Middle Ages is offered.


Of jesters, minstrels and harlequins
The art of jugglers in the Middle Ages: This weekend, a juggler will amaze visitors with tricks and all kinds of crazy feats. There will also be plenty of opportunities to put your own skills to the test by juggling or making a colourful disguise.


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The series of events is part of the Emperor Year of the Rhineland-Palatinate Directorate General for Cultural Heritage - GDKE (

Admission: Regular castle admission

Hardenburg Experience Days ©GDKE
Hardenburg Experience Days©GDKE

Event Properties

Event Date 19.06.2021
Event End Date 20.06.2021
Location Castle and Fortress Ruin Hardenburg

Venue Information - Castle and Fortress Ruin Hardenburg

In Bad Dürkheim, above the Isenach valley, Hardenburg is one of the most powerful castles in the Palatinate. The complex is considered a prime example of a fortified castle, a mixture of fortress and castle. Erected at the beginning of the 13th century as a comparatively modest hilltop castle, the Hardenburg was expanded into a fortified Renaissance residence in the 16th century. Mighty walls and bulwarks, gun turrets, gates, battlements and catacombs still bear witness to the strong fortress-like character. At the same time, however, gardens, the remains of spacious living quarters, as well as once magnificent hall buildings point to a no less significant civil use as the imposing residential palace of the Counts of Leiningen. A permanent exhibition provides information on the history of Hardenburg and its rulers. Immerse yourself in the heyday of Hardenburg Castle - an exciting multimedia tour makes it possible. Experience the renovated circular gate and stroll through the castle gardens like a former lord of the castle.


67098 Bad Dürkheim

Tel. 06322 7530

Schloss- und Festungsruine Hardenburg©GDKE
Castle- and Fortress Ruin Hardenburg ©GDKE