Radebeul is the home town of Karl May. This is where he lived at Villa Shatterhand and wrote his great adventure novels. And it is here that his legacy is commemorated during the annual Karl May Festival.
The Lössnitzgrundbahn heritage railway doubles as the Santa Fe Express. The Weisses Ross halt is temporarily transformed into White Horse Camp. The unruly town of Little Tombstone is recreated at the Lössnitzgrund railway station, and visitors can take a trip back in time.
There are six camps in all, each of which provides insights into the reality of the 19th century. Wild West performers re-enact the daily lives of hunters, trappers, settlers, prospectors and cavalrymen. The use of German as the language of these camps is not without historical justification: by 1860, there were no fewer than 1.3 million emigrants of German extraction living in what is now the United States. Fox Home Camp shows the country from a more peaceful perspective, whereas Fort Virginia specialises in the military. This is where the Virginia Volunteers assemble to represent a German brigade in the American Civil War (1861 – 1865). From the flag ceremony right down to the uniform buttons, no effort is spared to achieve authenticity.
The headline for the 28th Karl May Festival is ‘Winnetou, Apache chief’. For the first time, members of the White Mountain Apache Tribe from Arizona will be visiting Radebeul. They will give talks about their culture and tell the true stories of their chiefs.