Celebrating in Walther‘s name
This year’s Lajen Village Festival, to be held from Friday 20 July to Sunday 22 July, shows that culture and celebrations certainly go together. Not for nothing is the festival named after the village’s most famous son, Walther von der Vogelweide: the historical parade on Sunday is dedicated to the man and his times , with heralds and trumpeters, peasants and maids, craftsmen and citizens, knights, jesters, damsels, falconers, monks and, last but not least, Walther himself parading through the streets and lanes of Lajen. There is plenty by way of musical and culinary delights, and sports enthusiasts can enjoy the eighth hiking and biking day on the Saturday. All other information about Lajen’s “Walther von der Vogelweide” Village Festival can be found here.
Completion due in summer
Five are ready, with three more to go: provided the weather co-operates, the last three stations of the Walther von der Vogelweide circular trail will be ready by the end of June 2018. At issue is the third station along the route, which is dedicated to Minnesang. Here there will be a copper bench with coloured windows, while a banderole, similar to that at the first station in Lajen, will embellish the seventh station dealing with life at court. The end point, station number eight , details the heritage of Walther von der Vogelweide: how it will look has yet to be revealed.
The Lajen circular trail on the subject of Walther von der Vogelweide is gradually taking shape. Autumn 2016 saw the go-ahead given, with the creation of the first station on the village square in Lajen, as well as a sculpture in the form of a banderole on the Wasserbühl hill. In the winter of 2017 came the platform from which you can enjoy views of the Vogelweider Hof estate and the former bird pastures. Two further stations will be added in March of this year, namely the “hierarchy steps”, where you can climb up through the strictly segmented medieval society, as well as the labyrinth at the station explaining the political influence of Walther. The completion of these two stations means that five of the eight planned stations, and thus half of the trail, are now finished.