We planned to interrail through Germany this summer but changed the plan when my husband was sent for further training to Germany for a month. Halfway through his month in Bavaria I flew with our children over there to say hi.
As it happened, on the long weekend we were there, Donauwörth, a little town close to Augsberg and about 1,5 hours north of Munich by train, happened to host Medieval festival for children (19-20.7.2014). The festival had a lot to offer for various ages. For us it was exciting to see a knight getting dressed in gear, my daughter really loved this fairytale told with riders on horses, but the real highlight was the parade the whole festival ended in: There were knights, soldiers, towns people, kings and queens etc from the Middle Ages dressed up. Before the parade they had some performance on a field but after waiting 30 minutes for the show to start but still only hearing speech after speech (in a children’s festival?!) on the burning hot day (where was the shade?! Poor performing kids had to stand in the sun for hours! Maybe it’s not so typical for the region to have 34-35 degrees with high humidity?) we decided it wasn’t worth it.
The whole event gave a great opportunity to introduce talk about different times and cultures with the children. It also engaged our kids to make their own swords of paper towel rolls later on.
Overall it was a nice free annual event for children that I’d visit next year too if I’d happen to be around. It fit perfectly in the tidy and cute small town with old gates and walls, and castles in the surroundings. However, the quick glance we had of Donauwörth didn’t reveal to many other things to do there, so I wouldn’t make it a main destination of a trip.
Ps Now we want to interrail through Germany more than ever. Good trains and loads to see and to do. This trip also showed our kids can travel very well, and we found out that at least in Bavaria children under 6 don’t pay on the train. Good to know as the interrail tickets are free only for under 4 year old children. Something to check out before we actually go!
Ps #2 I was very surprised by the lack of ramps and lifts in Bavaria, they were almost non existing even on the Munich main train station (isn’t it weird that the last time I was there, on a girls weekend trip in May, I didn’t notice a thing? 😉 ). How do people in wheelchair get around? It wasn’t a problem for me, my kids are old enough to walk and every time I was about to make a transition with my two children, a travel stroller, a suitcase and a backpack, I had 3-4 people offering to help me out. People were very friendly and considerate!