ANSBACH, Germany (Feb. 12, 2016) — “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
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 Volksmarch in Germany, visit DVV Wandern
Volksmarch and Half Marathon in Rothenburg
One of the first hiking events of the year in the area takes place in Rothenburg on Feb. 27 and 28. Distances to cover include 6, 11 and 21 k (half marathon), as well as an 11 k Altstadtwanderung (goes through old town) on Saturday only. Meeting point is the Sporthalle on Erlbacher Str. 5; starting times are 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. for 6, 11, 21 k distances, and noon to 4 p.m. for the 11 k Altstadtwanderung on Saturday; on Sunday 6 and 11 k start from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., while the half marathon starting time is 7 a.m. to noon. To learn more, email Wandern@rothenburg-wandern.de or go to Volksmarch Rothenburg
Volksmarch with the German-American Hiking Club of Ansbach
The German-American Hiking Club of Ansbach is looking for new members to join them. The club members meet every other Tuesday for a Stammtisch to discuss their next outings and every weekend for hikes in the area; occasionally they take the train together or hire a bus to get to a more distant location. The Stammtisch group meets again on Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gaststätte Lehenshof (Uzstraße 19) downtown Ansbach (behind Greek restaurant).
Terracotta Soldiers in Nürnberg
The exhibition “The Terracotta Army and the Legacy of the Eternal Emperor” can currently be seen in Nürnberg at the former AEG factory grounds in Muggenhofer Straße 135. The exhibition is open until March 3, Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last entry at 5 p.m.). To learn more, visit http://terrakottaarmee.de/
Sleep-over at the Nürnberg Zoo
Children between 8 and 12 years can roll out their sleeping bag in front of the panorama windows and watch dolphins, manatees and sea lions as they go to sleep. The night at the zoo (including food) costs 70 euros; it starts at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 10 a.m. the next morning. To learn more, go to Tiergarten overnight
Second Hand Bazaars for Parents
Parents are cleaning out the closets of their ever-growing offspring and take it to numerous “Kinderbasars” or “Baby-Basars” happening in the area. Look for posters or flyers in your community advertising the bazaars for second hand clothing, toys and equipment; usually they take place on a Saturday afternoon in the local church annex, school or community center.
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).