Was ist los in Franken? March 25, 2016


Daffodils are one of the first signs of spring. ((U.S. Army photo by Bianca Sowders)

ANSBACH, Germany (March 25, 2016) — “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.

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.

Spring Fest in Nürnberg
The Nürnberg spring Volksfest, the largest of ist kind in northern Bavaria, takes place on the Festplatz on Bayernstraße (near Dutzendteich) March 26 through April 10. To learn more about opening hours and program details visit Spring fest Nürnberg.

Spring Fest in Bad Windsheim
Bad Windsheim is hosting their traditional spring fest at the Schiesswasen March 26 through April 4. Find more information by visiting Bad Windsheim.

Basketball in Ansbach
The Ansbach Piranhas basketball team is playing against Oberhaching on Saturday, April 2 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.

Blues Days in Roth
The 25th “Rother Bluestage” are taking place in the city of Roth April 2 through 11; international Blues musicians offer their music during different events and concerts at several locations. To learn more, visit Bluestage.

Open House at the Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Ansbach
The mini zoo for rescued tigers and other exotic animals in Ansbach-Wallersdorf is hosting their monthly open house on Sunday, April 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. Guided tours take place every full hour, tiger feeding time is 5 p.m. in the tiger house. Visitors will be well taken care of with beverages and food. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. To learn more, visit Animal Sanctuary.

Technology Day at the Museum
The outdoor museum in Bad Windsheim is hosting a technology day April 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; visitors can try their hand in shaping roofing tiles or watch a large crane move heavy loads, learn about the technological development of farm instruments or steam engines. To find out more, visit Fränkisches Freilandmuseum.

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:

*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.

*April 3 at Nürnberg: Distances are 5, 10 and 20 kilometers. The event starts at Flughafenstraße 100, 90411 Nürnberg, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the 5- and 10-kilometer hikes and from 8 a.m. to noon for the 20-kilometer hike. To see the flier, visit Wandertag Nürnberg.

*April 9, 10 at Grub am Forst: Distances are 6, 11, 20 and 42 kilometers. The event starts at Haarther Ring 15, 96271 Grub am Forst, April 9 from 6 to 8:30 a.m. for the 42-kilometer hike, April 9 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the 6-, 11- and 20-kilometer hikes, and April 10 from 7 to 11 a.m. for the 6-, 11- and 20-kilometer hikes. Note that the marathon-length hike takes place only April 9. To see the flier, visit Wandertag Grub.

*April 9, 10 at Langenzenn: Distances are 5, 10 and 20 kilometers. The event starts at Pfaffenleite 16, 90579 Langenzenn, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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