As one of the oldest festivals in Germany, the Talmarkt in Bad Wimpfen will be celebrated for the 1055th time on 25th to 30th June 2020!
The festival out of which the Talmarkt developed was originally of a religious nature. In the oldest written record in Bad Wimpfen, which dates back to the year 965, Emperor Otto I, the then Bishop of Worms, confirms the immunity granted by earlier emperors and kings and specifically promises immunity for the Churches of Worms in Ladenburg and Wimpfen. Thus St. Peter’s Church in Wimpfen in the Valley came to have market rights; streams of pilgrims attending the Patron Festival of St. Peter and the connected trade more than a thousand years ago has now become the visitor attraction "the region’s largest Volksfest" of the present.
The Talmarkt offers non-stop fun with a broad selection of rides, raffle stands, amusements, games of skill, various childrens rides, festival beer, Bratwürste, candy floss, almonds and everything which one would expect to find at a family festival. Apart from all the attractions the Talmarkt has to offer, the actual market, with over 130 stalls, is also well worth a look. It is one of the largest in Germany, offering a great variety of goods from buttons to traditional dress, from the latest gadgets to pre-fabricated garages.
Don't miss the beer tent and the culinary highlights.
Opening Procession on Thursday at approx. 5:30 pm.
Concert in the Market Square after which the procession with music and people in historical dress moves into the valley for the opening ceremony and tapping of the first barrel of beer.
Fireworks on Friday at approx. 10:30 pm. on Tuesday at approx. 10:30 pm.
"Montmartre Feeling" is rife in Bad Wimpfen in July, when the picturesque old town becomes a meeting place for numerous amateur and professional artists. All areas of creative art are displayed by the artists in the old streets and alleys and the classic styles from still-life to landscape to portrait are all presented here. Enjoy "Parisian Flair" right here in Bad Wimpfen!
Zunftmarkt Traditional Market of the Crafts Guild
Every year on the last weekend in August handicrafts from the Middle Ages make an appearance in Bad Wimpfen in the tradition of the earlier pottery markets which King Wenzel in 1391 allowed to the Potters Guild of the imperial cities. Visitors enjoy the Crafts Guild Market with its different forms of handicrafts, dancing and music.
You can admire the numerous artistic craftsmen such as lamp makers, wood experts, brush makers weavers and “Swindlers – Fortune Tellers”. But not only the old handicrafts are enticing… Besides the street artists such as jugglers, clowns, dancers etc., the impression of a Middle Ages bustle and colourful scene in the centre of the town is strengthened by strange looking “dirty beggars”. On Saturday the market opens at 12.00 a.m. and on Sunday at 11.00 a.m.
Old German Christmas Market in Bad Wimpfen
This is your chance to visit one of the oldest and most beautiful traditional Christmas markets in Germany. Even by German standards this Christmas Market is something special and attracts visitors from far and wide.
The market developed out of the former St. Katharine’s market and today visitors are captivated by the charm of 120 stalls, together with the romantic atmosphere, tempting smells of Advent and the magical background of the half-timbered houses of the former imperial town of Bad Wimpfen. For this special occasion treat yourself to a pre-Christmas weekend that makes childhood dreams come true...
29th November - 1st December 2019;
06th December - 8th December 2019;
13th December - 15th December 2019;
Details of supporting programme can be given as from August under Tel. 0049 (0) 7063 97200 or you can find on this website
Long night of the arts in Bad Wimpfen (Lange KunstNacht)
Late night opening of all museums and churches, street theatre, music fills the old town and galleries invite you to marvel.
The Great Carnival (Fasching)
Procession through the festively decorated old town of Bad Wimpfen takes place on Carnival Sunday and begins at 2:11 p.m. Every year dozens of musicians and groups from associated carnival societies and clubs create a great party atmosphere. The ceremonial burning of the "Fassebutzen" (a figure representing the spirit of carnival) in front of the Town Hall in Bad Wimpfen on Ash Wednesday marks the close of the carnival season, which begins again on the 11th November.
See the historic old town burst into bloom for this colourful weekend.
Join in the fun and admire creative work as landscape gardeners, artists, craftsmen and herbalists present their wares around the historic fountains dotted about town.
Enjoy the promise of early summer as orchestras, ensembles and young music prize winners perform and captivate their audience.
Culinary specialities for every taste and points of interest for children round off this relaxed festival.
Signed car parking is available on the periphery of the old town and in additional car parks.
For further information contact the Tourist Information in Bad Wimpfen on +49 7063 97200.
the nest event is set to take place in June 2021. Before the historic backdrop of Wimpfen's old town, the past will be brought to life in sketches showing scenes from times gone by with activities for visitors to join in.
„Regia Wimpina gerit haec Victricia Signa“ – “Royal Wimpfen bears this victorious sign.“ Thus the town of Wimpfen expressed its civic pride in a coat of arms dating all the way back to the 13th century. What had previously been the largest Imperial Residence (Pfalz) north of the Alps had now become an independent Imperial Town.
Spectators will be able to take pleasure in scenes from medieval life, authentically depicted in historic surroundings and enjoy groups of wandering entertainers making merry in the streets.
Visitors will have the chance to enjoy a varied programme of events and sample a selection of medieval delicacies. A brass ensemble playing from the Blue Tower will close the festivities on Saturday at 12 pm and on Sunday at 6 pm.
All inclusive packages and group programs:
- General sight seeing tour of Bad Wimpfen
- Night Watchman Tour
- From the Emperors‘ Palace to the Kingdom of Heaven
- Redbeard’s Wine Secret
- Where the Staufer Royal Family celebrated and relaxed