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'Tis the season for Medieval fests in Germany

Although Germans don't celebrate the 4th of July, that doesn't mean that there isn't anything to do in Germany this week. Summer is the season for medieval festivals and these unassuming markets pop up in different cities around Germany this time of year.

Our small town of Sandhausen was overtaken with merrymaking this past weekend at the annual Medieval Markt here. Leather goods, pottery, medieval clothing and plenty of food and beer were available at stalls set up around downtown.

The annual Highland Games & Mittelaltermarkt in Ochtrup, near Münster, takes place July 6-8. For more information, see their website: Highland Games 2012.

The Medieval Spectaculum will be in Buckeburg July 14-15. Billed as the "largest traveling medieval culture festival in the world," this event travels throughout Germany from April to October, setting up in different locations with as many as 2,500 participants and 1,000 tents. Artisans, merchants and others come together to make an authentic medieval experience, somewhat like a Renaissance Faire.

For more fest dates, try this site which has a comprehensive listing of festivals by country.

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