ANSBACH, Germany (May 29, 2015) — “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Playtime at the Brücken-Center
The Brücken-Center mall in Ansbach is offering fun and games for kids in the lobby until June 7. There is a push-car course and Lego tables for the little ones, while the older ones can compete in XXL games or foosball and video games. The play hours are daily (except Sunday, May 31) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 7, which is also “open shop” Sunday in Ansbach. To learn more, visit www.bruecken-center.de.
Pfingstferien – School break in Bavaria
The German children are on school break until June 7; this is a popular vacation time and many travelers can be expected to flood the airports and Autobahns. Heavy car traffic and jams are expected especially for the weekends.
Lake Festival on Altmühlsee – Gunzenhausen
The Seezentrum Schlungenhof at the Altmühlsee near Gunzenhausen is celebrating a lake fest on May 30 and 31 with local food, entertainment for young and old, and live music. The fest starts on Saturday at 1 p.m.; bands start playing at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Admission is free; to learn more, go to www.altmuehlsee.de
Wein Wandern in Frickenhausen
The wine village Frickenhausen is hosting a “wine hike” on Sunday, May 31. Start and finish of the 6 km tour is the Patrizierplatz downtown, where a hiking map with detailed information is displayed; starting at 10 a.m., vintners sit ready with stands of food and drink along the route. Visitors can end the day with coffee and cake or draft beer and more wine and food at the finish point. Admission to the event is free; parking is available at the Festplatz along the Main River.
German holiday on June 4
June 4 marks a German holiday, Fronleichnam or Corpus Christi. It is often celebrated with a church procession through town. As usual, stores and businesses off-post are closed and “quiet laws” apply (no loud noise, lawn-mowing etc.). Since Fronleichnam always falls on a Thursday, Germans like to take Friday off work and thus create an extended four-day weekend. Many communities plan special events and festivities for this time period.
Wine Fest Tauberzell
The Tauberzeller Weinfest runs from June 3 to 7, featuring local wines, music and tradition. To find out more, visit www.winzerverein-tauberzell.de
Fränkisches Bierfest – Nürnberg
The city of Nürnberg and its historical family breweries are hosting the Franconian Beer Fest in the castle moat underneath the Kaiserburg (Auf der Burg 13) June 3 through 7. Visitors can sample more than 100 different kinds of beer in the romantic setting of the moat, as well as try some of the many Franconian food specialties offered. Live music entertainment, information booths and a children’s program make sure the whole family can have fun. The fest area can be reached via Hallertor, Tiergärtnertor or Maxtor; a street car stops right in front of the entry gates. Opening hours are Wednesday, 5 – 11 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m. — 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 2:30 — 11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. — 11 p.m. To learn more about the festival, visit www.bierfest-franken.de
Ansbach’s downtown area turns into festival grounds for the popular Altstadtfest on June 3 through 6; tables and benches are set-up along the streets, live bands play, many different kinds of food and beverages are offered; children have their own entertainment. Sunday features an open store day with shops open to the customers in the afternoon from 1 to 6 p.m.
Rock im Park – Nürnberg
The annual rock festival “Rock im Park” takes place at the Zeppelinfeld in Nürnberg on June 5 — 7. The line-up includes Bastille, Body Count Feat. Ice-T, Die Toten Hosen, Foo Fighters, Hozier, Marilyn Manson, Mighty Oaks, Motörhead, Rise Against and many more. Three-day tickets are all sold out, but single-day tickets are still available. For more information visit www.rock-im-park.com
Courtyard Days in Schloß Geyerswörth – Bamberg
The Geyerswörth castle near Bamberg is hosting an arts and crafts market spiced up with music and workshops June 6 and 7. The market officially opens Saturday at 11 a.m. and stays open until 7 p.m.; opening hours Sunday are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission for adults is 2.50 €; children up to 12 years old pay no admission. To learn more, visit www.kultur.bamberg.de/_plaza/kuba2008.neo?veranstaltungid=247714.
Open Shop Sunday – Ansbach
The city of Ansbach is featuring an open shop Sunday on June 7, with stores opening their doors for shoppers from 1 to 6 p.m.
Africa Festival in Nürnberg
The Africa Festival on June 11 through 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
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
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.
– May 30 and 31: Weyer, 5, 10 and 20 km, SC 1947 Weyer e.V., 09721/649982, firstname.lastname@example.org. Start: Sat. 4 — 6 p.m., Sun. 6 a.m. to noon at Sportgelände SC 47 Weyer, Grettstadter Weg 7, 97469 Gochsheim/Weyer. To learn more, visit http://www.dvv-wandern.de/files/documents/ausschreibungen_wandertage/fr/2015/Weyer30.05u.31.05.2015.pdf
– 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 http://www.dvv-wandern.de/files/documents/ausschreibungen_wandertage/fr/MarktErlbach13.u.14.06.2015.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