If you are lucky enough to be in town this week end, don’t miss the festival “At the Court of King Laurin”. The outdoor event takes place in the historical center of Bolzano every 2 years. From September 8th to September 10th, the town center comes to life with street food stands, offering delicious and mouthwatering local specialties, craft beers and wine. Visitors will also enjoy a wide array of live music performances, scheduled throughout the week end.
Foods is provided by 21 non profit organizations and the proceeds of the event will be devoted to support projects and activities for youths and seniors.
Are you ready to mingle and party the night away? Here's the schedule for the 3 days:
Friday, September 8th, from 6.00 pm to 12.00 am
Saturday, September 9th, from 10.00 am to 12.00 am
Sunday, September 10th, from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm
But who was King Laurin and why does he held a special place in Bolzano's tradition?
Here’s the legend around this little man and his rose garden, known as the mountain group Catinaccio-Rosegarten, which breathtaking view can be enjoyed from Bolzano:
King Laurin’s pride and joy was a magnificent garden in front of the gateway to his fortress within the rock. Countless red roses flowered there the whole year round and they were encompassed by a golden thread of silk. Woe betide anybody who dared to break the thread and pick even a single rose! Laurin threatened to chop off their left hand and right foot.
One day, Laurin caught sight of the beautiful blond Princess Simhild in a neighboring castle. He fell in love with the human child and abducted her with the help of his magic hood. From then on, Simhild lived in Laurin’s mountain kingdom surrounded by gold, silver and precious gems, served and guarded by dainty maids of honor and dwarf knights. However, Simhild was still sad because she was homesick for the flower-filled meadows of her home.