17-18 September - Miles Rafenstain et Servitus visit the Medieval Center
Miles Rafenstain et Servitus is a reenactment group founded in 2005 with the aim of showing how a knight with his retinue lived in a medieval castle, but also on journey. Like most reenactors, each member has a historical person they are portraying who actually lived at Rafenstain Castle in the period 1363-1380, when Tyrol was going through an exciting time.
The founder, Charles, first visited the Medieval Center in 1999, after which he decided to settle here and become a volunteer. Years passed and suddenly the opportunity arose to have Rafenstain Castle restored from total decay. Thanks to the attention the reenactment group attracted in a protest march in cooperation with a broadcast on the Austrian ORF, the political side finally managed to grant 1.7 million Euros for the restoration, which began in 2008 and ended in 2012.
After that, the group became less active but never ceased to exist altogether. In 2021, the group experienced a small "renaissance", buying tents, and making furniture and kitchen equipment for a complete camp.
Miles Rafenstain et Servitus teaches about knighthood, (both military and civil) administration and law/punishment, cooking, sewing, weaving, woodwork, leatherwork, and not least games and music. Visitors experience together what a typical day in a castle (or in the tent camp) was like. Interact with the maids and hear their challenges, or have a chat with the knight's steward and learn how to get through the winter again, or perhaps turn to the guard and hear the latest gossip. The knight's wife will take you to the archery range to shoot a bow and arrow, while the knight, with a bit of luck, can be enticed to let you try on some of his armour!
We reserve the right to make changes to the program, so keep an eye on this page for more information.