ANSBACH, Germany (March 11, 2016) — “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Osterbrunnen in Franconia
A few weeks before Easter many Franconian communities adorn their well or fountain with fresh spring greens and hand-painted colorful eggs. The origins of the “Osterbrunnen” tradition can be traced back to the Fränkische Schweiz (‘Franconian Switzerland’), a region located between the cities of Bamberg, Bayreuth and Forchheim, from where it spread to other areas. Tourists flock to the Fränkische Schweiz as participants of Osterbrunnen tours; hikers and bikers combine their outings with stops at different locations to admire the many little works of art. The regional tourist offices offer various routes and locations for visitors. For a sample list of Osterbrunnen villages, visit Osterbrunnen Fränkische Schweiz or Osterbrunnen. To learn more about Franconian Easter traditions, visit Easter in Franconia.
Easter Market in Nürnberg
The traditional annual Ostermarkt takes place on Nürnberg’s Hauptmarkt March 11 through 28. More than 100 vendors are offering household products, wood and ceramic crafts, curtains, clothes, books and much more. Opening hours are 10 a.m. — 7 p.m; closed on Good Friday (March 25)! To learn more, go to Nürnberg.
Easter Eggs and more – Ansbach
Ansbach is hosting a little creative market in the Stadthaus (Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Platz 1) on the weekend of March 12 and 13, featuring hand-made Easter decorations, soaps, candles, jewelry and garden decorations. Opening hours are Saturday 10 a.m. through 4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. through 6 p.m.
Franken-Bike in Fürth
Franken-Bike is a regional expo featuring motor bikes, scooter, quads and other motorized bikes, as well as clothing and accessories. It takes place in the Stadthalle Fürth (Rosenstraße 50) March 12 and 13. Opening hours are 1-6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday; admission is 5 euros. To learn more, visit Stadthalle Fürth.
Open Shop Sunday in Ansbach
Downtown Ansbach will open up to shoppers and Sunday strolls on March 13 from 1 to 6 p.m.; visitors can also expect a mobility expo and lots of spring specials. To learn more, visit Ansbacher Frühling
Seed Festival in Dinkelsbühl
The city of Dinkelsbühl is hosting a seed festival for fans of bio diversity and seeds on March 13. The market takes place in the Schrannensaal (Weinmarkt) and is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To learn more, visit Seed Festival Dinkelsbühl
Crafts Market in Bad Windsheim
A market for hobby artists and local vendors is hosted at the Kur & Kongress Center on Erkenbrechtallee 2 in Bad Windsheim on March 13 from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. To learn more, visit KKC
Open Shop Sunday in Nürnberg
More than 200 stores present their goods for sale on Sunday, March 13 from 1 to 6 p.m. in Nürnberg. The use of public transportation is recommended, as many visitors are expected.
Passionskrippen are small dioramas, similar to nativity scenes, depicting different stations of Jesus’ passion story. The Bamberger Krippenfreunde build these dioramas throughout the year to show them to the public in a special exhibition. This year the exhibit can be seen in the Maternkapelle (Maternstr. 10, Bamberg) March 13 through April 4; opening hours are 1 – 5 p.m. every day, and extended hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) on Good Friday, March 25. Admission is free. To learn more, visit Bamberg Info.
Classic Guitar in Ansbach
“Take Four,” a classic guitar quartet plays in the Kammerspiele on Thursday, March 17 at 8 p.m. To learn more, visit Kammerspiele.
Pub Festival in Dinkelsbühl
Dinkelsbühl pubs and clubs are hosting the annual pub festival on Saturday, March 19, from 8:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. One ticket buys the entrance fee for all locations all night long; to learn more, visit Pub festival in Dinkelsbühl.
“Pasión de Buena Vista” in Bad Windsheim
Cuban rhythms, dancers in costumes and authentic musicians bring the Caribbean island flair to Bad Windsheim on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kur & Kongress Center on Erkenbrechtallee 2. To learn more, visit KKC
Amazing Shadows in Bad Windsheim and Gunzenhausen
The U.S. show Amazing Shadows comes to the region; performances are in Bad Windsheim at the Kur- & Kongress-Center (Erkenbrechtallee 2) March 20 at 7 p.m. and in Gunzenhausen at the Stadthalle (Isleplatz 1) March 22 at 7:30 p.m. To learn more, visit Amazing Shadows.
Easter at the Freilandmuseum Bad Windsheim
The historical outdoor museum in Bad Windsheim is featuring lots of Easter events; children can learn how to build a ”bunny garden” for the Easter bunny to put the eggs (March 24). A passion play is performed by the theater club from Marktbergel on Friday, March 25 at 2 p.m.; an Easter market takes place March 26 through 28. Inside the historical farm houses visitors can learn traditional and new techniques to decorate eggs. The great Easter egg hunt happens on Sunday, March 27 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. To learn more about the museum, visit Fränkisches Freilandmuseum or Freilandmuseum on Facebook.
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.
Volksmarch in Ansbach: 40 Years of German-American Hiking Day
The annual German-American Volksmarch, hosted by the German-American Hiking Club Ansbach, takes place for the 40th time in Ansbach/Elpersdorf, March 12 and 13. Distances to hike are 5, 10 and 20 k; starting times on both days are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., sign-up on site possible. Food and beverages will be available on site (Liebigstrasse 1, Autohaus parking lot). To learn more, go to Volksmarch in Ansbach.
Marathon Volksmarch Hike in Bamberg
A guided marathon hike over 42 km is hosted in Bamberg on March 25; set starting time is 7 a.m. at the Staatsarchiv on Hainstraße 39 (96047 Bamberg), estimated return time is 4 p.m. To learn more about the Volksmarch, visit http://www.dvv-wandern.de/files/documents/ausschreibungen_wandertage/fr/2016/gtw_juni-nov2016_nuernberg.pdf or call 0911/698065
Hiking with 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 March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gaststätte Lehenshof (Uzstraße 19) downtown Ansbach (behind Greek restaurant).
Upcoming Volksmarch events in Franconia:
* March 19, 20 at Winkelhaid: Distances are 5, 10, and 20 kilometers. The event starts at Sportparkstr. 2, 90610 Winkelhaid from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. To see the flier, visit Wandertage Winkelhaid.
*March 26, 27 at Eggolsheim: Distances are 5 and 10 kilometers. The event starts at Josef Kolb Straße 10a, 91330 Eggolsheim, from 7 a.m. to noon. To see the flier, visit Wandertage Eggolsheim.
*March 25 at Bamberg: This a 42-kilometer hike ONLY. The event starts at Hainstraße, 96047 Bamberg, at 7 a.m. and is a guided hike. To see the flier, visit Wandertag Bamberg.
*March 28 at Colmberg: Distances are 5 and 10 kilometers. The event starts at Burgstraße 91598 Colmberg, at 10 a.m. and is a guided hike. To see the flier, visit Wandertag Colmberg.