ANSBACH, Germany (July 24, 2015) — “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Summer Fest at the Museum Bad Windsheim
The annual summer fest on July 25 and 26 at the historical outdoor museum in Bad Windsheim features volunteers showing off old crafts and skills, like basket weaving, carving or beer brewing between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Historical parades are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. To learn more about the event, visit www.freilandmuseum.de
Klassik Open Air: Family Concert in Nürnberg
For many years the classic open air concerts at the Luitpoldhain in Nürnberg have been an event where family and friends get together to sit and enjoy music and a picnic “al fresco.” This year’s dates are July 26 at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. and August 8 at 8 p.m. The event is free and especially intended for people who might not normally listen to classical music. As there are about 100.000 people attending this event, it is definitely recommended to use public transportation. The orchestras, the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg (July 26) and the Nürnberger Symphoniker (Aug. 8) will play in (almost) any weather, unless there is a storm or other very inclement weather. To learn more go to www.klassikopenair.de
Kaltenberger Ritterturnier — Knights’ Tournament in Kaltenberg Castle
The knights’ tournament in Geltendorf (Schloss Kaltenberg, Schlossstr. 8, 82269 Geltendorf) is a popular medieval event that attracts thousands every year. More than 1,000 artists participate as jostlers, magicians or musicians during three weekends in July in the Kaltenberg Castle; workshops present the crafts of the middle ages, and young knights can earn their spurs in youth tournaments. For details on dates, program and tickets, visit www.ritterturnier.de or www.kaltenbergticket.de
Bürgerfest in Schwabach
The traditional citizens’ fest in Schwabach takes place at and around Königsplatz and many inner court yards downtown on July 24 through 26. Live music, entertainment and lots of food make the event attractive for all age groups. To learn more, visit www.facebook.com
The Ansbach Open, an outdoor concert in the Reitbahn on July 24 and 25 features Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull on Friday at 8 p.m. and “Klassik rockt” on Saturday at 8 p.m. The concert with Andreas Bourani on Sunday is sold out! Tickets for the other concerts are still are available at the Amt für Kultur und Touristik, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0981/ 51-243.
Benches and tables are set up in the middle of town between the two medieval stone gates for the Altstadtfest in Leutershausen, which takes place on July 25 and 26 this year. To learn more about the fest, visit www.facebook.com
Carmina Burana in Gunzenhausen-Schlungenhof
Carmina Burana, Carl Orff’s masterpiece, will be performed during the Altmühlsee Festspiele on July 26. The performance starts at 7 p.m. at the Seebühne at Seezentrum Schlungenhof (Seestraße 19, 91710 Gunzenhausen-Schlungenhof). To learn more, visit www.altmuehlsee-festspiele.de
Jazz in the Garden with NC Brown Blues Band – Nürnberg
The NC Brown Blues band has been playing Rhythm ʼnʼ Blues for more than 30 years in the region; they will perform on July 27 at the “Künstlerhaus im KunstKulturQuartier” (Königstraße 93) in Nürnberg. The concert starts at 8 p.m., but arrival 30 minutes prior is recommended. To learn more, visit www.jazzstudio.de
Bardentreffen in Nürnberg
The popular annual Nürnberg Bardentreffen, a “bards‘ meet“ for singers and songwriters celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with an extended schedule. More than 200 visitors attend the outdoor festival every year, to listen to artists and bands from all over the world. It takes place in various locations, like the Hauptmarkt, Insel Schütt, St. Katharina, Lorenzer Platz, Sebalder Platz, Kreuzigungshof and Trödelmarkt on July 30 through Aug. 2; the musical spectrum ranges from Classic Rock to Pop and Jazz and Avant Garde or Cabaret type performances. Admission is free! To learn more go to www.bardentreffen.de
Bachwoche in Ansbach
The International Bach Week in Ansbach, hosted July 31 through August 9, brings international musicians and well-known ensembles performing music by Johann Sebastian Bach. A detailed program and concert tickets are available at the Tourist Office inside the Stadthaus (Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Platz 1, 0981/ 51-243, email@example.com) or through the website at www.bachwoche.de
Medieval Market on Burg Rabenstein – Ahorntal
The annual medieval market on the Rabenstein Castle in Ahorntal on July 31 through August 2 offers visitors a chance to travel back in time with jostlers and jesters, field battles and show fights, bow and arrow tournaments, puppet theater for kids, historical groups besieging the castle, and old crafts revived; a fire show takes place after dark. Admission for adults is 7.50 euros, for children 4 euros; a family ticket for 20 euros is also available. Children shorter than one sword length (1 meter) enter for free. To learn more, visit www.burg-rabenstein.de
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 “Mega-Staus” this weekend, July 24 through 26, 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 starts on Aug 1 and ends on September 14; the children in Baden-Württemberg start and 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
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. 1 and 2: Oberdachstetten, 6, 10, 20 km with Wanderfreunde Oberdachstetten 1987 e.V., 09845-987420, firstname.lastname@example.org. Start: 6 a.m. — 1 p.m. at Rezattalhalle, Schulstraße 5, 91617 Oberdachstetten. To learn more, visit http://www.dvv-wandern.de/files/documents/ausschreibungen_wandertage/fr/2015/Oberdachstetten01.08u.02.08.2015.pdf
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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).