Was ist los in Franken? June 23, 2017

ANSBACH, Germany (June 23, 2017) – “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout the Franconian region.

Rokoko Festival in Ansbach (Photo: Amt fuer Kultur und Tourismus)

Grafflmarkt – Fürth
The Grafflmarkt in Fürth, a large flea market downtown, takes place June 23 and 24 between Gustavstrasse, Grüner Markt and Paisleyplatz. Opening times are Friday 4 – 10 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Franconian Wine Fest in Bamberg
Schloss Geyerswörth (Geyerswörthstraße 1, 96047 Bamberg) opens its inner court yard for wine lovers on June 23 through 25; the fest opens on Friday at 2 p.m. and continues until Sunday night at 11 p.m. To learn more details, visit Weinfest Bamberg  or English Bamberg Info


Weinfest – Sommerhausen
The Sommerhausen wine fest takes place June 24 through 26; while listening to traditional music, visitors can try local wines and a Franconian Brotzeit, a hearty meal of bread and meats. For details go to Weinfest Sommerhausen


Rotarian Rowdy River Raft Race – Schweinfurt
The Rotarian Rowdy River Raft Race in Schweinfurt is a raft race with more than 60 participating teams. An entertainment program and culinary specialties keep visitors and participants happy. It takes place on Alter Kranen (Gutermann-Promenade, 97421 Schweinfurt)  June 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; admission is free. To learn more, visit Raftrace.


Ansbach (Photo: Amt fuer Kultur und Tourismus)

Rokoko Festival in Ansbach
The annual Rokoko Festival features volunteer actors and participants in handmade historical costumes dancing, parading and performing from June 30 through July 4 at the Orangerie and other locations downtown Ansbach. Scheduled are day and night time events, including a “summer masked ball” with dancing, music and fireworks Friday, June 30 at 9:30 p.m. and a “royal wedding” Saturday, July 1 at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, July 2, the palace gardens of the Orangerie will be site of a family event from 2 – 6 p.m.; watch different shows, children’s theater, jugglers and magicians or take a horse carriage ride and much more at the wonderful scenery of the Ansbach Palace Garden. Tickets can be purchased at the Tourist Office at Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Platz downtown Ansbach.  For more information contact the Tourist Office at 0981/ 51-243 or email akut@ansbach.de; details are also available at Rokoko Festival 


Volksfest in Rothenburg
The Rothenburger Volksfest  is scheduled for June 30 through July 5 at the Festplatz at Spitaltor (Am Friedrich-Hörner-Weg). Live music plays every evening in the fest tent; the fest is open daily from 1 p.m. to midnight. To learn more, visit Tourist Office Rothenburg


Norisring Race in Nürnberg
The speed weekend on June 30 through July 2 at the Norisring on Dutzendteich is a traditional car race event that was started as the “200 Miles of Nürnberg” in the 50s. Today more than 150,000 visitors enjoy watching the 2.3 kilometer city course along the Zeppelinfeld, which only takes about a minute to complete. Races include Deutschen Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), the Porsche Cup, Formula-3 Euroseries and the VW Scirocco Cup. To learn more, go to Norisring.


Oldie-Town-Festival in Wolframs-Eschenbach
Petticoats, Grease and Rockabilly, old cars and rock and roll music populate the streets of Wolframs-Eschenbach on July 8 and 9, when the second Oldie Town festival takes place. Live bands will play on six stages, a historical old timer bus takes people for a ride and historical vehicles are on display. To learn more about the event, visit https://www.facebook.com/OldieTownWolframsEschenbach or www.oldietown.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. To learn more about hiking in Germany, visit DVV Wandern.

Wandertag in Spalt
The hiking days in Spalt take you over 5, 10 or 15 kilometers distance July 1 and 2; start at Feuerwehrhaus (Industriestraße 16, 91174 Spalt) from 7 a.m. to noon both days.  To learn more, visit Wandertag Spalt

The information on local host nation events is provided through the auspices of the USAG Ansbach Public Affairs Office (PAO).  All details provided are for informational purposes only and are a representation of typical events conducted in the local community.  The PAO grants no element of exclusivity to any outside agency or business and any reference to commercial or retail activities implies no endorsement or recommendation by the U. S. Army or its agencies. Participation in any event or activity described herein is strictly voluntary and should be done so only after careful advisement and consideration of the safety and security environment at each specific location.

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