Was ist los in Franken? Oct. 14, 2016

Schloss Ludwigsburg in the fall (Photo: Jessica Sowders)

Schloss Ludwigsburg in the fall (Photo: Jessica Sowders)

ANSBACH, Germany (Oct. 14, 2016) – “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Middle, Lower and Upper Franconia.

Mercato dei Sapori in Nürnberg
A “market of flavors” – Mercato dei Sapori – takes place downtown Nürnberg at the Fleischbruecke (near Hauptmarkt) Oct. 6 through 22, offering Italian food and wine specialties.

Fisher Fest at Altmühlsee
The Franconian fisher fest at Seezentrum Wald in Gunzenhausen Oct. 15 and 16 features not only culinary fish specialties, but fishing and angling experts ready with advice on site. To learn more, visit Fischerfest

Open Shop Sunday
Once in a while, often in combination with a seasonal market, cities will allow stores to open for a Sunday afternoon, typically from 1 to 6 p.m. The following towns are open for business Oct. 16:
– Erlangen (Marktplatz, Schlossplatz, Hugenottenplatz, Bohlenplatz, Hauptstrasse, Nürnberger Tor, Neuer Markt, Rathausplatz)
– Aschaffenburg (downtown)
– Bamberg (downtown, in combination with fall market)
– Hersbruck (downtown, in combination with Kirchweih fest)
– Burgoberbach (business district “Gewerbegebiet”)

Apfelmarkt in Fürth
The apple market in Fürth in the Stadtpark (Hans-Schiller-Allee) is scheduled for Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can find out almost everything there is to know about the regional fruit, and sample Franconian dishes and beverages made from apples, pears and more. Experts in tree cutting or basket weaving show off their skills, children are entertained with games and craft projects.

Backofenfest – Freilandmuseum Bad Windsheim
The annual “Baker’s Oven Fest” on Oct. 23 at the outdoor museum in Bad Windsheim is for fans of all things baked, like fresh bread, “Zwiebelkuchen,” and sweet baking goods; learn to build an oven or find out what belongs in bread dough.  Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; to learn more, visit Backofenfest

Consumenta Nürnberg
The Consumenta, a large consumer’s fair, takes place at the Nürnberg Messezentrum Oct. 23 through Nov. 1; visitors can find lots of information about technology, real estate, cooking and baking, pets, horses, creative hobbies, new inventions, and much more. Opening hours are daily 9:30 a.m. through 6 p.m. To learn more, visit www.consumenta.de

Pumpkin Festival in Ludwigsburg
The annual pumpkin festival on Ludwigsburg’s castle grounds (Marbacher Strasse 10, 71640 Ludwigsburg, Germany) is now open until November 6. Visitors can expect spectacular works of art created from 450 000 pumpkins and gourds, or admire more than 500 variations of the vegetable. Culinary delights like pumpkin soup, burgers or strudel can be tried on site. For more details, visit Pumpkin Festival or Kürbisausstellung

Second Hand Bazaars for Parents
Parents are cleaning out the closets of their ever-growing offspring and take it to numerous “Kinderbasars” or “Baby-Basars” happening in the area. Look for posters or flyers in your community advertising the bazaars for second hand clothing, toys and equipment; usually they take place on a Saturday afternoon in the local church annex, school or community center.

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.

Upcoming Volksmarch events in and around Franconia:

* October 14 in Rothenburg: Guided Day Tour “Panoramaweg Rothenburg” with distances of 6 and 11 kilometers. Start is 2 p.m. at Sporthalle, Erlbacher Straße 5, 91541 Rothenburg o.d. Tauber. To learn more, visit Day Hike Rothenburg

* October 15 and 16 in Neunkirchen am Brand: Wandertag distances are 5, 10 and 20 kilometers. Starts at 7 a.m. to noon at Schule, Schellenberger Weg 26, 91077 Neunkirchen am Brand. To learn more, visit Volksmarch Neunkirchen.

* October 15 and 16 in Grafenwöhr: Hiking distances are 5 and 10 kilometers; starts at 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and 7 – 11 a.m.  on Sunday at Katholisches Jugendheim, Kolpingstr, 92655 Grafenwöhr

* Oct. 22 and 23 in Heroldsberg: Hiking day for families (stroller accessible) with distances of 5, 10 and 20 kilometers. Start at Gründlachhalle (Schustergasse 5, 90562 Heroldsberg) at 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday and 7 to 11 a.m. on Sunday. To learn more, visit Volksmarch Heroldsberg or email wanderclub-heroldsberg@nefkom.net

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