European Medieval Festival in Horsens
Bring the family along for a fun and diff erent experience.
Step out of the modern ages and straight
back to the live Middle Ages, when Horsens invites
to European Medieval Festival. The last weekend of
August - August 23 and 24 2019 - it is buzzing,
when craftsmen, musicians, shomen, and merchants
fl ocks to the market with hundreds of tempting
stalls, music, theater, and jousting.
The history of the festival
The European Medieval Festival was from the beginning
in 1995 a great success with thousands of
visitors. Many came from the local unions, kindergartens,
schools, and recreation homes.
The festival quickly became a yearly event in the city
center. It started slowly with a festival on the main
street of the city, but over the next years it also grew
to the church, the city square, and the square of the
town hall. European Medieval Festival was through
the fi rst 18 years known for turning Horsens city
center into a great Medieval market with lots of
traders, craftsmen, musicians, knights, showmen,
and other characteristic fi gures from the Middle
Ages. It had become a well-established cultural
event, evolving into one of Europe’s largest of its
kind - and received great recognition nationally as
well as internationally.
In 2013, the Festival was held by Fængslet (the Prison)
- the previous state prison in Horsens. The city
council of Horsens agreed to move the festival there
to give room for further development of the festival.
This also gave the unique option to create an illusion
of a castle that could become center for the market.
Besides this, the festival also fi nally had larger grass
areas for tents and stalls - something the stall keepers
had demanded for a while. The festival has developed
into an international Medieval festival with
stall keepers and artist from all of Europe and about
60.000 guest from Denmark and rest of the world.
Read more about the festival here:
A party for the city
The Medieval festival also needs to be a celebration
for the inhabitants of the city and the guests from
outside. That is why the festival presents music
groups, showmen- and theater groups, jousting,
fi ghting shows, and a Medieval market with around
120 stall keepers, craftsmen, and fi eld camps.
People from a range of countries has visited the festival
through the time. Groups from Germany, Czech
Republic, Poland, Belarus, Hungary, Sweden, Italy,
Belgium, Finland, Ukraine, and England. The point
of the festival is to create a historical and cultural
event that can present a high level of music, theater,
handcrafts, historical storytelling, jousting, trading,
and food. The festival is gathering Horsens across
local institutions, business community, volunteer
unions, and citizens.
Horsens and region are full of exciting activities and
events for both children and adults - there is plenty
of options for nice experiences, when you are in the
area. In the city, you can fi nd historical museums,
get inspired and impressed by the city’s art at museums,
galleries, and throughout the city. You can
explore and be active in the nature or lean back and
enjoy live entertainment like concerts, festivals, and
If you love shopping, Horsens is a nice place to be.
In the heart of the city, the widest pedestrian street
in Denmark welcomes you to shopping experiences.
In just the city center, you can fi nd more than 150
shops to fulfi ll your shopping needs.You can also
be sure, you can get a great time out, when visiting
Horsens. A trip through the night life of Horsens can
be the icing on the cake after a nice day of shopping
and exciting experiences. Maybe enjoy a couple of
drinks with your loved one on a romantic date, explore
the tunes of today with a nice concert, or go
clubbing with your friends - the choice is yours, and
Horsens has the framework for a nice time.