ANSBACH, Germany (June 12, 2015) — “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Kinderfest – Freilandmuseum Bad Windsheim
The outdoor museum in Bad Windsheim is hosting a Kinderfest on June 13 and 14; a new adventure playground is opened on Saturday, old games and crafts can be tried out, and a straw bouncy castle and pony riding guarantee fun. Opening hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the usual entry fees to the museum apply. To learn more, visit www.freilandmuseum.de
Muna Museum Expo
The Museum for Military History in Oberdachstetten, also called Muna Museum, hosts its annual expo and open house on June 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the museum volunteers will provide food from a German army kitchen, and beverages, coffee and cake for sale, while visitors explore the many historical exhibits spanning several decades. The museum is located on Oberdachstetten Training Area, on Franken Kaserne exit along B13 near Marktbergel; admission fee for adults is 4 euros, children up to 14 years enter free of charge. To learn more, visit www.muna-museum.de
Airport Anniversary – Nürnberg
The Nürnberg Airport, recently renamed to Albrecht-Dürer-Airport, is celebrating its 60th birthday with a big party on Sunday, June 14. Visitors can see static displays of fire trucks and other vehicles, and the German police show their helicopter simulator. Food trucks and restaurants make sure nobody goes hungry. The fest begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m.; the airport can be reached by subway (U-Bahn), bus or car; special parking tickets allow all-day parking for 5 euros. To learn more, visit www.airport-nuernberg.de
Africa Festival in Nürnberg
The Africa Festival until June 14 on the Pegnitzwiesen near Theodor-Heuss-Brücke in Nürnberg features international artists, movie showings, workshops and entertainment for the kids; samples of exotic food and beverages are offered next to African art and products. Opening hours are Thursday 2 — 11 p.m. and Friday — Sunday 10 a.m. — 11 p.m.; to learn more, visit www.afrika-festival-nuernberg.de
The half marathon in Rothenburg ob der Tauber on June 14 starts and finishes in the historical downtown area at Schrannenplatz. Besides the half marathon, a 10k run, 5.5k fitness run and children’s runs are offered. Races start at different times between 10 a.m. and 2:50 p.m.; to learn more, visit www.rothenburger-halbmarathon.de
Open Air Music Festival „Umsonst & Draussen” in Würzburg
An open air music festival called „Umsonst & Draussen” (free & outdoors) takes place in Würzburg on the Talavera Mainwiesen on June 18 through 21. Different stages feature live bands with music for every taste. The admission to all events is free. For details and program go to www.umsonst-und-draussen.de.
A Night at the Museum in Bad Windsheim
The open air museum in Bad Windsheim is featuring a night at the museum on June 20; torches light up the paths, singing, crafts, concerts, food, juggling, fairy tales and midnight camp fires make the event a very special one. To learn more, go to www.freilandmuseum.de
Food Truck Round-up in Ansbach
The popular Food Truck Round-up with fast food trucks of all variations will come to the Martin-Luther-Platz in Ansbach on June 21 from noon to 7 p.m.; 15 vendors will offer tasty bites in small portions to let you try them all. To learn more, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/479705305518922/
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.
– June 13 and 14: Markt Erlbach, 6, 10, and 15 km, walk in the forest with Wanderfreunde Rangau Markt Erlbach, 09106-6312. Start: 6 a.m. to noon (6, 10 km) and 6 to 11 a.m. (15 km) at Festplatz on Frankenstraße, 91459 Markt Erlbach. To learn more, visit www.dvv-wandern.de/files/documents/ausschreibungen_wandertage/fr/MarktErlbach13.u.14.06.2015.pdf
– June 27 and 28: Spalt, 5, 10, 15 km with Wanderfreunde Spalt, 09175-1500. Start: 7 a.m. to noon at Feuerwehrhaus, Industriestraße 16, 91174 Spalt. To learn more, visit http://www.dvv-wandern.de/files/documents/ausschreibungen_wandertage/fr/2015/Spalt27.06.u.28.06.2015.pdf
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).
“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. on Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, all the way to July 26. To learn more, go to www.sommer-in-der-city.com