ANSBACH, Germany (Aug. 14, 2015) — “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Blues & Jazz Festival – Bamberg
The popular Blues & Jazz Festival in Bamberg takes place August 10 through 16 this year. 70 bands play in the historical center of the city, on Maxplatz and other locations, while admission is free. For a program and other details, visit http://blues-jazz-festival-2013.mybamberg.de/home/
The medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber is hosting a wine village — Weindorf — through Aug. 16 at Grüner Markt, Kirchplatz and in the Rathaus cellars. Opening hours are Wednesday and Thursday 4 to 11 p.m., Friday 4 p.m. through midnight Saturday 11 a.m. through midnight and Sunday 11 a.m. through 11 p.m. To learn more, visit www.tourismus.rothenburg.de.
The Nürnberg Brückenfestival (bridge festival) takes place until Aug. 15 underneath the Theodor-Heuss-Brücke. Live bands entertain the visitors of this free music festival; local clubs feature “after show parties” after midnight. To learn more, visit http://bruecken-festival.de or https://www.facebook.com/brueckenfestival
Bavarian Firefighter Combat Challenge and Expo
The volunteer fire fighters of Geiselwind, who are not only responsible for the local communities, but also for a large piece of Autobahn 3, are hosting the Bavarian Firefighter Combat Challenge on their home turf at the Eventzentrum Strohofer (96160 Geiselwind) on Aug 14 through 16.
They provide information and demonstrate the latest developments of firefighting and rescue services, show off old time fire trucks, and keep the kids busy in a Feuerwehr Kinderland. To learn more about the event, visit www.Feuerwehrmesse-Geiselwind.de
Kirchweih in Wolframs-Eschenbach
The traditional Kirchweih of Wolframs-Eschenbach takes place on the Festplatz (Dr.-Baptist-Kurz-Platz) on Aug. 14 through 17, featuring the typical fest entertainment, a Kirchweih market and fireworks. For program details, visit www.kirchweih-wolframs-eschenbach.de.
Franconian Weinfest in Volkach
Volkach, located in the Frankenwein region, is hosting a wine festival Aug. 14 through 18; vineyards situated along the Main River are bringing more than 150 different Franconian wines to the fest. Visitors sit under old chestnut trees to enjoy the local beverages and food delicacies. Highlights include fireworks on Friday evening and the sparkler dance of the wine princesses on Monday. To learn more, visit www.volkach.de
Pirate Spectacle at Fürth Fun Pool
The Fürthermare, an indoor and outdoor fun pool in Fürth, is hosting a pirate spectacle for kids on Sunday, Aug. 16 from 2 to 6 p.m. The usual admission prices apply. To learn more, visit www.fuerthermare.de
Bartholomäus Market at Altmühlsee
The Seezentrum Schlungenhof on Altmühlsee is hosting a market for arts and crafts, fruit and vegetables, and much more on Sunday, Aug. 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To learn more, go to www.gunzenhausen.info.
Kirchweih – Bad Windsheim
The Bad Windsheim Kirchweih takes place at the Festplatz on Schiesswasen on August 28 through Sept. 1; a large fireworks display closes out the fest on Tuesday at about 10 p.m. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1449827782007748
Traffic Jams and German School Break
As several German states are already on summer break, or just starting, the metropolitan region of Nürnberg is expected to be jammed with “staus,” especially on A3 near Erlangen, and on A6 between Nürnberg and Schwabach. Heavy traffic is expected in both directions, as many travelers are already returning from vacation.
The summer break in Bavaria ends September 14; the children in Baden-Württemberg finish two days earlier. Expect heavy traffic and long traffic jams, especially on the Autobahns going south and coming back during that time. For current traffic updates visit www.bayerninfo.de (in English), www.adac.de/reise_freizeit/verkehr, www.verkehrsinfo.de or www.verkehrsinformation.de
Adventures and Admission for a Discount
The “Entdeckerpass” – discovery passport – for the larger Nürnberg region offers many discounts and good deals on access for a multitude of adventures and places. The passport is valid for the rest of the calendar year in the area between Weißenburg, Hof, Kitzingen and Weiden. It can be ordered at www.enteckerpass.com (3.50 euros S&H). A 20% discount is applied during Bavarian summer vacation time (until Sept 13) if three or more passes are ordered at once. To learn more, go to www.entdeckerpass.com or https://www.facebook.com/EntdeckerPass
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.
* Aug. 15 and16: Crailsheim, 6, 11, 20, 30 or 42 km with Wanderfreunde Crailsheim e.V., 07951-5595. Start: Sat. 5:30 a.m. — 2 p.m. (6, 11, 20 km), 5:30 — 11 a.m. (30 km) and 5:30 — 9 a.m. (42 km); Sun. 5:30 a.m. — 1 p.m. (6, 11, 20 km) 5:30 — 11 a.m. (30 km) and 5:30 — 9 a.m. (42 km) at Hirtenwiesenhalle, Bürgermeister-Demuth-Allee, 74564 Crailsheim. To learn more, visit http://www.dvv-wandern.de/files/documents/ausschreibungen_wandertage/bw/2015/w_august_crailsheim.pdf
The Wochenmarkt Ansbach is a typical German market featuring fresh goods like vegetables, flowers, meats, home-made noodles or ice cream, fresh-baked bread, cheeses and other dairy products. The vendors are often farmers from the area, who sell their own products. They set up their carts and stands on Martin-Luther-Platz twice a week, Wednesday and Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (except German holidays).