Was ist los in Franken? April 15, 2016

Berglauf TSVBBH

The Berglauf in Burgbernheim challenges participants with some hilly stretches. (Photo courtesy of TSV Burgbernheim)

ANSBACH, Germany (April 15, 2016) — “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.

Berglauf Burgbernheim
Burgbernheim is hosting a running competition called “Berglauf” (hill run) on Sunday, April 17. Distances vary from 600 meters (Bambini) to 2 kilometers for students, and 5.2 and 13.6 kilometers for more ambitious runners. To learn more about the event, visit TSV Burgbernheim or Burgbernheimer Berglauf

Arts and Crafts in Feucht
An arts and crafts market takes place in Feucht in the Reichswaldhalle (Brauhausgasse 13) on April 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many different exhibitors show off their skills and individual products. Admission for adults is 2 euros. To learn more, visit Arts & Crafts Feucht

Brewery Festival in Spalt
The breweries in the town of Spalt are celebrating the Spalter Brauereifest on April 16 and 17; visitors can take brewery tours, watch a beer brewer, or sit in the Biergarten eating “beer dishes” and sampling brewed hop beverages. To learn more, visit Brewery Fest.

Tour de Castle – Stein
The Faber-Castell castle in Stein is open for visitors every third Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can tour the castle and the museum for an admission fee, and enjoy coffee and cake in the enclosed sun room. The next open house is on April 17; the castle is located on Rednitzstrasse 2a in Stein, on the corner of the B14 road towards Nürnberg. To learn more, visit Stein Castle.

Beer Festival — Bamberg
Bamberg is celebrating the annual “Day of the Beer” with a three day festival on April 22 through 24 downtown Bamberg. To learn more, visit Bamberg Info

Basketball in Ansbach
The Ansbach Piranhas basketball team is playing against Zwickau on Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sporthalle (Gym) of the Theresiengymnasium (Schreibmüllerstraße 10, Ansbach). To learn more about the team, check out their Facebook site at Ansbach Piranhas

Pottery Market in Nürnberg
A pottery market is scheduled for April 23 and 24 downtown Nürnberg at the Hauptmarkt (main market). Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To learn more, visit Toepfermarkt

Spring Market in Rothenburg
Rothenburg’s downtown area will celebrate spring with activities and events, a market, music, dancing and much more on April 23 and 24. Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. stages are offering shows on both days; Sunday is also open shop Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. The police orchestra Bayern will close the event with a concert at the Jakobs Kirche at 7 p.m. on Sunday. To learn more, visit Tourismus Rothenburg

Herbs and Spices in Bad Windsheim
The outdoor museum in Bad Windsheim is hosting an herbs and spices market April 23 through May 5; visitors can find unusual spices and healing herbs, and learn about botanic details and history. To learn more, visit Heil- und Gewürzmarkt or Fränkisches Freilandmuseum

Ansbach City Lauf – Running Fun in Ansbach
The annual Ansbach City-Lauf, a race for everybody with distances of 6.5 k, 10 k or half marathon, as well as different age groups, takes place downtown Ansbach on Sunday, April 24. Start and finishing point is the Brücken-Center mall, but race tracks are spread out. Traffic will be rerouted for a large part of the day to accommodate the runners. To learn more, visit Ansbach City-Lauf.

Spring Awakening in Rothenburg
The city of Rothenburg is hosting a series of spring events, like decorating fountains or culinary walks or guided tours. To learn more, visit Tourismus Rothenburg.

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 Volksmarches in Germany, visit DVV Wandern.

Upcoming Volksmarch events in Franconia:

* April 16, 17 at Höchstadt: Distances are 5, 10, and 20 kilometers. The event starts at Aischtalhalle Höchstadt, An der Steige 5, 91315 Höchstadt at 6 a.m. to noon on both days. To see the flier, visit Wandertag Höchstadt.

* April 23 and 24 at Stegaurach (near Bamberg): Distances are 5, 10, and 20 kilometers. The event starts at Bürgersaal, Schulplatz 1, 96135 Stegaurach at 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday (5, 10 km) and 7 to 11 a.m. on Sunday (20 km). For more details, visit Wandertag Stegaurach.

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 April 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gaststätte Lehenshof (Uzstraße 19) downtown Ansbach (behind Greek restaurant).


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