By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (April 30, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we learn about a little-known feast and a Saint in Germany.

Saint Walpurgis Night

This evening there will be celebrations in Germany and some other parts of Europe, in honor of Saint Walpurgis.  Bonfires, dancing, meals and the like will be in order.

This feast commemorates the canonization of Saint Walpurgis and the movement of her relics to Eichstatt in Bavaria in 870.

Saint Walpurgis is hailed for fending off witchcraft, pests, and rabies.

Bavaria is the largest of Germany’s states.   It is largely Catholic, and its people currently are the most outgoing ang friendly among Germans in general.  Afterall, it is home to the Octoberfest in Munich.

Eichstatt is located roughly halfway between Nurnberg and Munich.

This map of Bavaria is by Visscher from 1680.

Bavaria Map including Munich – 1680 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.