Was ist los in Franken? April 22, 2016

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ANSBACH, Germany (April 22, 2016) — “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.

Beer Festival — Bamberg
Bamberg is celebrating the annual “Day of the Beer” with a three day festival on April 22 through 24 downtown Bamberg. To learn more, visit Bamberg Info

Basketball in Ansbach
The Ansbach Piranhas basketball team is playing against Zwickau on Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sporthalle (Gym) of the Theresiengymnasium (Schreibmüllerstraße 10, Ansbach). To learn more about the team, check out their Facebook site at Ansbach Piranhas

Pottery Market in Nürnberg
A pottery market is scheduled for April 23 and 24 downtown Nürnberg at the Hauptmarkt (main market). Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To learn more, visit Toepfermarkt

Spring Market in Rothenburg
Rothenburg’s downtown area will celebrate spring with activities and events, a market, music, dancing and much more on April 23 and 24. Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. stages are offering shows on both days; Sunday is also open shop Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. The police orchestra Bayern will close the event with a concert at the Jakobs Kirche at 7 p.m. on Sunday. To learn more, visit Tourismus Rothenburg

Herbs and Spices in Bad Windsheim
The outdoor museum in Bad Windsheim is hosting an herbs and spices market April 23 through May 5; visitors can find unusual spices and healing herbs, and learn about botanic details and history. To learn more, visit Heil- und Gewürzmarkt or Fränkisches Freilandmuseum

Ansbach City Lauf – Running Fun in Ansbach
The annual Ansbach City-Lauf, a race for everybody with distances of 6.5 k, 10 k or half marathon, as well as different age groups, takes place downtown Ansbach on Sunday, April 24. Start and finishing point is the Brücken-Center mall, but race tracks are spread out. Traffic will be rerouted for a large part of the day to accommodate the runners. To learn more, visit Ansbach City-Lauf.

Jazz and Blues Open in Wendelstein
Wendelstein is hosting a Jazz and Blues festival April 29 through May 4 at several locations. To learn more details, visit Jazz Festival Wendelstein

Open House at the Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Ansbach
The mini zoo for rescued tigers and other exotic animals in Ansbach-Wallersdorf is hosting their monthly open house on Sunday, May 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. Guided tours take place every full hour, tiger feeding time is 5 p.m. in the tiger house. Visitors will be well taken care of with beverages and food. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. To learn more, visit Raubtier und Exotenasyl

German holiday on May 1
May 1 is Tag der Arbeit, the German “‘Labor Day,’” and is a nationally observed holiday. This year May 1 falls on a Sunday and therefore does not affect services. In larger cities demonstrations and parades organized by unions or political parties can be expected.

“Sommer in der City” – Beach feeling in Nürnberg
The Nürnberg city beach is open again on Insel Schütt (near Cinecitta movie theater), starting on May 4. Enjoy folding beach chairs, cocktails and music, palm trees and a pool bar from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, all the way to July 24. To learn more, go to Sommer in der City

Spring Awakening in Rothenburg
The city of Rothenburg is hosting a series of spring events, like decorating fountains or culinary walks or guided tours. To learn more, visit Tourismus Rothenburg.

Volksmarch Hiking Days
Volksmarches or “Internationale Wandertage” are a form of non-competitive physical fitness training, which takes the participants through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Germany. The walking distance varies from 5 to 10 or 20 kilometer routes on scenic trails through forests, along rivers and lakes or around historic sites. There is no set start time, but a window of time for hikers to start the route, and finish it at their own pace. Trails are typically marked well along the way. Many trails are stroller-friendly and provide great opportunity to explore the countryside. After the walk the local hiking clubs usually offer food and drink in a hall or tent, sometimes even at a half-way point. Avid hikers can get a hiking passport stamped each place they participate, and many clubs reward their visitors with a small token. To learn more about Volksmarches in Germany, visit DVV Wandern.

Upcoming Volksmarch events in Franconia:

* April 23 and 24 at Stegaurach (near Bamberg): Distances are 5, 10, and 20 kilometers. The event starts at Bürgersaal, Schulplatz 1, 96135 Stegaurach at 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday (5, 10 km) and 7 to 11 a.m. on Sunday (20 km). For more details, visit Wandertag Stegaurach.

* April 30 and May 1 at Burk (near Dentlein): Distances are 5, 10, and 15 kilometers. The event starts at Turnhalle, Meierndorfer Straße 4, 91596 Burk, at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. For a look at the flier, visit Volksmarch Burk

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