As one of the oldest festivals in Germany, the Talmarkt in Bad Wimpfen will be celebrated for the 1052th time on 289th June to 3th July 2018!
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!
Great event on the River Neckar on the first weekend of 4th and 5th August 2018 organized by five towns along the river. For a whole weekend a boat shuttle service brings the guests from one festival to another along the banks of the River Neckar between Bad Friedrichshall, Bad Wimpfen, Offenau, Bad Rappenau Heinsheim and Gundelsheim. The highlight of the event is the ship parade at night with music, illuminations and five firework displays! Come and enjoy the great event!
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...
30th November - 2nd December 2018;
07th December - 9th December 2018;
14th December - 16th December 2018;
Details of supporting programme can be given as from August under Tel. 0049 (0) 7063 97200 or you can find on this website
is set to take place on 1st and 2nd June 2019. 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