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Published: August 1st 2008
Furth im Wald Festival
We were just a week or two early for the famous festival
Sylvia and I set out on a two week long trip through Germany, Holland, and the Czech Republic. Our first stop, and one I had been looking forward to for a long time, was in the village of Furth im Wald, which is the town where some of my ancestors on my mother's side (Webers) emigrated from over 100 years ago. The village is situated just a few kilometers away from the Czech border in the region of Bavaria.
Furth im Wald is beautiful old walled city that is famous for its summer fesitval that recreates a legend about the slaying of a dragon.
We arrived later in the evening after most of the shops in town were closed, but as we entered the old town we were just in time to encounter the city's large dragon being assembled for the upcoming festival. The dragon is built around some sort of vehicle and is able to travel up and down the narrow city streets during the festival. After following the dragon down the street for a while, we encountered a group of young kids following a storyteller dressed in a medieval costume. He was carrying a big horn of water as
Furth im Wald
The old town in Furth im Wald.
he walked and when he noticed us taking pictures of the group he stopped and tossed some water in our direction before continuing. We still havent figured out quite what this meant.
We spent a while walking around the town and enjoyed some ice cream before heading on toward our next destination.
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