In 1475, Princess
Jadwiga (Hedwig) of Poland's powerful Jagiellonian Dynasty was betrothed to the
young Duke George
the Rich of
Bavaria. This union was a political and strategic effort to form an alliance
between the Holy Roman Empire and
the vast Kingdom
of Poland, which became a bastion against the Ottoman Empire's expansion into
Europe. Although the marriage
was an arranged
affair, Medieval chroniclers indicate that it resulted in a true "love
match" between the beautiful Polish Princess
and the handsome
young German Duke.
The Royal Wedding was one of the
most notable events of Medieval times, drawing dignitaries from around Europe.
of Landshut has meticulously
retained records of this event and most details have been preserved, including
menus, and many documents. Proud
of their Royal Couple, the townspeople of Landshut have celebrated the
of this "Royal Wedding"
continually for many generations.
this memorable event, every four years, the townspeople of Landshut produce a
which over 4,000 costumed participants present numerous Royal Wedding
events, including a meticulously
Procession celebrating the arrival of the Polish Princess and her entourage
through the streets of picturesque Landshut. This
grand event - the largest Medieval re-enactment event in the world - only
occurs every four years. The next
"Royal Wedding" is scheduled for the summer of 2017.
Dave Motak and
Jack Samuels have been producing high quality tours and travel experiences
since 2003 bascially for a small core group of
friends and fellow travelers. In 2013 a group of us decided to attend this
Royal Event. This year, several of our past tour participants
have noted that they would like to attend this event again, and we have
developed a tour that is a modification of our past itinerary which
includes several special events and visits to notable historic sites.
In addition to
attending the Royal Wedding Procession in Landshut, this year's Royal
Wedding tour will include additional sightseeing in Bavaria,
where we stay at a charming traditional Bavarian hotel in Erding, visit the
historic sites of nearby Munich, the impressive Linderhof Palace
Neuschwanstein Castle, before continuing to esky Krumov,
the picturesque Medieval town situated in the Czech Republic. Then
on to beautiful Prague, where we will tour the historic landmarks and
enjoy a Czech folk evening. We then travel to Silesia a historically
rich region which has been influenced by Czech, German and Polish cultures. We
will visit Boleslawiec, home of the world-famous
Polish Pottery where we will tour one of the leading pottery facotries.
Reservations have been made for us at a luxury spa in the Sudeten
Mountains before continuing to historic Wroclaw, one of the most dynamic
Polish cities. Known as Breslau before World War II,
Wroclaw was almost totally destroyed and has been meticulously restored.
Before leaving Silesia, we will tour the stunningly beautiful Church
of Peace in Church in Świdnica, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site which was built in 1648 to commemorate the end of the Thirty Years
War. Afterwards we will also visit KsiąŻ Castle, which is
reputed to be the hiding place of the Nazi "Gold Train" that has been a popular
subject in the media during the last few years.
En route to Krakow,
Poland's ancient capital, we will stop at Moszna Castle, one of the most
spectacular buildings of its kind in Poland.
Built by the
artistocratic Tiele-Winckler family, Moszna features an impressive blend of
Baroque, Neo-Gothic and Neo-Renaissance architecture. While
in Krakow, you will enjoy walking the historic streets as the trumpeter plays
the hourly fanfare from the high tower of St. Mary's
Basilica. We can shop for folk crafts in the Medieval Cloth Hall (Sukiennice),
enjoy a tour of this Krakow's wonderful Old Town, and marvel at
the incredible high altar of St. Mary's. You may also wish to take an optional
tour of the nearby Wieliczka Salt Mines, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site and simply an amazing experience.
Of course, this
is just a sampling of our tour offerings. For complete information and full
intinerary, please click below.
We hope that you
can join with us and our friends as we once again experience the marvels of
traveling in Central Europe this summer!
Dave Motak and