“Bamberg zaubert” is an annual international street and cabaret festival that magically transforms the city. Meet magicians, jugglers, fire artists, clowns or street performers July 17 through 19 in Bamberg’s historical downtown. To learn more, visit http://bamberg-zaubert.mybamberg.de.
City moat fest in Ansbach
Ansbach is hosts a city moat fest – Stadtgrabenfest – every year with many events and activities for adults and children, like face painting, a bounce house, live music, food and drinks. The fest takes place in the moat near the Carolinum school on Jahnstrasse/Platenstrasse July 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Medieval Market in Schwanstetten
The medieval market in Schwanstetten takes place in the center of town near the Rathaus July 17 through 19. The market offers entertainment for young and old, like historical camps, Irish dancing, camel and pony rides, and medieval music. To learn more, go to www.facebook.com/pages/Mittelaltermarkt-Schwanstetten/276833305801334.
Kinderzeche in Dinkelsbühl
The Kinderzeche in Dinkelsbühl, a historical play and parade that tells how a group of children saved the town from being plundered by the Swedish Army in 1632, is scheduled for July 17 through 26. Theatrical plays, parades, Swedish army camps and plenty of other entertainment are taking place inside the walls of the historical city. A detailed program scheduled is available at www.kinderzeche.de.
Altstadtfest – Herrieden
The Altstadtfest (old town fest) July 18 and 19 in Herrieden is a traditional fest with tables and benches set up throughout town between the booths selling local delicacies and the entertainment section with live music. Sunday is also open-store Sunday with shops open 1 to 5 p.m.
Brewery Fest in Fürth
A brewery fest takes place in Fürth (Tucherstr. 10) July 18 and 19; the fest features live music with bands playing pop, jazz, swing or blues and other entertainment like coach rides, brewery tours, and bounce houses and face painting for children. Plenty of food and beverages will be available for purchase on site. A free shuttle bus transfers visitors from Hauptbahnhof Fürth (main train station) and U-Bahnhof Röthenbach (subway station). To learn more, visit www.tucher.de.
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: Concert with family 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 Geltendorf
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 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/events/756779641103757.
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 July 25 and 26 this year. To learn more about the fest, visit www.facebook.com/events/122825928051104.
Carmina Burana in Gunzenhausen-Schlungenhof
Carmina Burana, Carl Orff’s masterpiece, will be performed during the Altmühlsee Festspiele 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 .
German School Break
The summer break in Bavaria starts Aug 1 and ends on Sept. 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.
- July 18 and 19: Sachsen bei Ansbach, 6 or 11 km, with Wanderfreunde Sachsen 1975 e.V. 09827-6422. Start: Saturday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Volkersdorfer Straße 15, 91623 Sachsen. To learn more, visit http://www.dvv-wandern.de/files/documents/ausschreibungen_wandertage/fr/2015/Sachsen18.u.19.07.2015.pdf (Includes information in English).
The Wochenmarkt Ansbach is a typical German market featuring fresh goods like vegetables, flowers, meats, homemade 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 Wednesday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (except German holidays).
“Sommer in der City” – Beach feeling in Nürnberg
The Nürnberg city beach is open again on Insel Schütt. Enjoy folding beach chairs, cocktails and music, palm trees and a pool bar from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday until July 26. To learn more, go to www.sommer-in-der-city.com.