The Thirty-Years War serves as the historical background for the unique pageant "Kinderzeche". In the spring of 1632 the Swedish colonel Sperreuth besieged the town for weeks. The misery of the predominantly Protestant population grew and all seemed lost as it is presented to modern guests in their re-enacted pageant before the main children's parade.
The Catholic town-council of the Imperial City led by its three mayors realized the futility of any resistance. Urged by the citizens some councilors wanted to give in and surrender the town unconditionally to the Swedes. Others wanted to remain true to the Emperor and the Catholic Church. As the town-council had finally reached the decision of an unconditional surrender, the watchman's daughter Kinderlore appeared singing with a crowd of children and confronted the enemy. His own recent grief over the loss of his young son made the colonel feel lenient and he didn't ransack the town. As it turned out the children had rescued the town's inhabitants from certain death.
both Sundays of the Kinderzeche, always after the second aftermath of the
play, there is a historical parade starting at the Old Council Hall. More
than a thousand citizens in period costumes participate. On Monday the
pupils of all the schools join the parade. Tuesday, however, is children's
day. Pupils and the children's group in historical costumes dominate the
paradeentirely. On the parade they are accompanied by local marching
bands. This weekend was our first weekend in Europe during our
recent trip. It started our road to Austria and our wedding that was to
take place later that month. When I look back on that time it seems to
have gone by all too fast. I wish that I could have kept it in my hands
longer. For most people there comes a time in one's vacation when they
long to return home. For me it seems that my vacation is my home and I
wait the days in between.