Boundary Walk

Boundary Walk (Grenzumgang)

Boundary Walk festivals are held in many German towns. The custom dates back to the Middle Ages, when landowners and church officials, accompanied by armed men, periodically reviewed the boundaries to see that marking stones were in place and that hunting or fishing rights were observed. Eventually town and village boundaries were surveyed in the same way, with a huge feast ending the ceremony.
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