Was ist los in Franken? Aug. 11, 2017

ANSBACH, Germany (Aug. 11, 2017) – “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout the Franconian region.

Weinfest in Volkach (Photo:Volkacher Mainschleife)

Bierfest in Uffenheim
The “Bierfest der Aischgründer Bierstraße” on chlossplatz in Uffenheim features local breweries Aug. 11 and 12. While visitors can work their way through the many samples, bands are playing traditional music. The fest opens at 6 p.m. on Friday and at 5 p.m. on Saturday.  For more details, go to www.bierstrasse.de

Franconian Weinfest in Volkach
Volkach, located in the Frankenwein region, is hosting a wine festival Aug. 11 through 15; vineyards situated along the Main River are bringing more than 150 different samples of Franconian wine to the fest. Visitors sit under old chestnut trees to enjoy the local beverages and food delicacies. Different highlights include fireworks on Friday evening and the sparkler dance of the wine princesses on Monday. To learn more, visit Weinfest Volkach

See in Flammen – Lake in flames
Illuminated sailboats and ferries will travel the Altmühlsee near Seezentrum Schlungenhof on Saturday, Aug. 12, starting at 7 p.m. during the event “Lake in Flames.” Members of the life guard will swim out with torches for a coordinated swim performance; fireworks at about 10 p.m. close the event. To learn more, visit www.gunzenhausen.info

Bamberg bounces!
A bouncy house festival takes place on Bamberg’s Jahnwiese (Galgenfuhr) Aug. 12 through 27. The fenced in area offers a variety of modules and bouncing opportunities for the children to explore; a café garden provides refreshments.

Summer Breeze – Open Air in Dinkelsbühl
The annual Summer Breeze Open Air 2017, taking place Aug. 16 – 19 in Dinkelsbühl, is one of the largest heavy metal festivals in Germany. Two open air stages and a third stage inside a large tent feature many live metal bands; the festival is located on the airport of the Aeroclubs Dinkelsbühl on Flugplatzstrasse 1. To learn more, go to http://www.summer-breeze.de/en

Rothenburg Wine Village
The Grüne Markt and the Kirchplatz in Rothenburg o.d.T. will be turned into a wine village Aug. 16 – 20; Franconian wines can be sampled while nibbling on local culinary specialties and listening to the musical entertainment. The Weindorf is open Wednesday and Thursday from 4 – 11 p.m., Friday 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information contact the Rothenburg Tourist Service on Marktplatz 2 at 09861 – 404 – 800 or visit Weindorf Rothenburg

Kirchweih in Wolframs-Eschenbach
The traditional Kirchweih of Wolframs-Eschenbach takes place on the Festplatz (Dr.-Baptist-Kurz-Platz) Aug. 18 through 21, featuring the typical fest entertainment, a Kirchweih market and fireworks. For program details, visit Kirchweih Wolframs-Eschenbach

Kirchweih – Bad Windsheim
The Bad Windsheim Kirchweih takes place at the Festplatz on Schiesswasen Aug. 18 through 29; a large fireworks display closes out the fest on Tuesday at about 10 p.m.

Herbstvolksfest – Nürnberg
The Nürnberg Fall Fest is one of the largest and nicest fests in Bavaria; visitors will find plenty of fun rides, beer tents and food stands, as well as an entertainment program for everybody. The fest from Aug. 25 to Sept. 10 is located on the Dutzendteich (Bayernstrasse). Details are available at Volksfest

Reichsstadt-Festtage – Rothenburg
The Reichsstadt-Festtage or Imperial Days in Rothenburg ob der Tauber Sept. 1 through 3 celebrate the history of the old Imperial city. Every century is represented with its unique clothing and stories. The festival includes many different events and performances; highlights are the Meistertrunk, the historical Shepherd’s Dance, a torch parade of participants and fireworks. To learn more, go to Reichsstadt-Festtage

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.

Wandertag in Crailsheim
The Crailsheim hiking days take place Aug. 19 and 20 with distances of 5, 10, 21, 30 and 42 kilometers. Start times are 5:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (5, 10 km), 5:30 a.m. to noon (21 km), 5:30 – 11 a.m. (30 km) and 5:30 – 9 a.m. at Hirtenwiesenhalle (Bürgermeister-Demuth-Allee 2, 74564 Crailsheim).

Wandertag in Creglingen
Hiking days are scheduled for Aug. 26 and 27 in Creglingen with special focus on children. Walk distances of 5, 10 or 20 kilometers, starting at Stadthalle (Kieselallee 15, 97993 Creglingen). Start times are 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 km) and 6 a.m. to noon (20 km).

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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