ANSBACH, Germany (Oct. 5, 2018) – “Was ist los in Franken?” details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout the Franconian region.
Michaelis Kirchweih in Fürth
The Michaelis Kirchweih in Fürth until Oct. 14 is Bavaria’s largest street Kirchweih fest. Special event highlights include a street fun run and the harvest thanksgiving parade. To learn more about the fest program and other details, visit www.michaeliskirchweih.de
Erntedank market at Altmühlsee
A market celebrating German thanksgiving, Erntedank, takes place at the Seezentrum Wald near Gunzenhausen along the Altmühlsee lake the weekend of Oct. 6 & 7. The market with vendors selling wood art, jewelry, ceramics, candles and much more is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. To learn more, visit Erntedankfest.
Market of Delicacies – Freilandmuseum Bad Windsheim
The outdoor museum in Bad Windsheim is hosting a “Markt der Genüsse” – a market of delicacies – Oct. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., featuring regional products, music and much more. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/304561390371212
Pottery Market in Nürnberg
Ceramic and earthen pots and kitchen ware are for sale at the Töpfermarkt in Nürnberg at the Hauptmarkt Oct. 6 and 7. To learn more, visit www.nuernberger-toepfermarkt.de
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, Oct. 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. Guided tours take place every full hour. Visitors will be well taken care of with beverages and food. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/228749867686142/
Mozart Heroes in Ansbach
The Mozart Heroes, two musicians rocking through all musical eras – only with a cello and two guitars – perform at the Ansbach Kammerspiele (Maximilianstr. 29) Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1749101005207887
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, Oct. 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. Guided tours take place every full hour. Visitors will be well taken care of with beverages and food. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/228749867686142
Orchard Day in Burgbernheim
Burgbernheim is celebrating “Streuobsttag,” an orchard day, Sunday, Oct. 14, starting at 11 a.m. on Kapellenberg; a festive church service at 10 a.m. in the chapel precedes the market opening. During the day, farmers offer regional products, beekeepers and basket weavers show of their crafts, and pomologist identify old apple varieties. A petting zoo with sheep and designated children’s area make the event attractive for the whole family. Highlights include sheep shearing (3 p.m.) and a raffle drawing (4 p.m.). As usual, there will be plenty of food and beverages available. To learn more, visit Streuobsttag.
Sing-along in Ansbach
The Kammerspiele in Ansbach (Maximilianstr. 29) are hosting a public sing-along Oct. 18, starting at 6:30 p.m. Join the crowd and belt it out …To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/775466705992211
Night Flea Market in Nürnberg
A night flea market takes place at PARKS Nürnberg (Berliner Platz 9) on Friday, Oct. 19, starting at 6 p.m. To learn more, visit www.parks-nuernberg.de
Guided English tour of Ansbach
The Ansbach tourist office is offering a guided tour in English. The very knowledgeable tour guide will take participants around town and talk about more than 1250 years of history, including Baroque style facades and hidden Renaissance inner court yards, the former Markgrave´s Royal Chapel, a crypt with its 25 sarcophaguses and the Baroque Synagogue. The tour starts at the horse sculpture Anscavallo at Schlossplatz (across from the Residenz castle) Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. The 90-minute tour costs 6 euros per person and takes about 90 minutes. To learn more, contact the Ansbach Tourist Office at 0981-51-326 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apfelmarkt in Fürth
The apple market in Fürth in the Stadtpark (Hans-Schiller-Allee) is scheduled for Oct. 21 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. To learn more, visit Apfelmarkt.
Lebkuchenmarkt in Nürnberg
The Lebkuchen, a type of gingerbread, is a trade mark of Nürnberg. The city hosts a Lebkuchen market to celebrate the delicacy Oct. 26 through Nov. 4 on the plaza in front of Lorenzkirche. Opening hours are 11 a.m. through 8 p.m. daily.
Fish Harvest Week in Dinkelsbühl
During the fish harvest week in Dinkelsbühl Oct. 26 through Nov. 4 restaurants in town offer local fish specialties in many variations. Fish tanks with local fish on display, and vendors are located inside and outside of the Schranne. To learn more, visit Fischwoche.
Fall Fair in Rothenburg
A “Herbstmesse” (fall fair) with a market and midway takes place on Schrannenplatz Oct. 27 through Nov. 4. To learn more, visit www.rothenburg.de or www.tourismus.rothenburg.de.
The Consumenta, a large consumer’s fair, takes place at the Nürnberg Messezentrum Oct. 27 through Nov. 4; 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.
Beyond the Franconian borders ….
Oktoberfest in Munich
The Oktoberfest in Munich – the original Oktoberfest – is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world’s largest fair with more than 6 million people from around the world attending every year. It started out as a royal wedding celebration in October 1810, when Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen; the fields, where the celebration took place, were named Theresienwiese (“Therese’s Meadow”) in honor of the crown princess.
The Oktoberfest, also known as the “Wies’n,” takes place on Munich’s Theresienwiese until Oct. 7. The midway is open daily from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (30 minutes longer on the weekends); the beer tents have the same opening hours, but the last beer will be served an hour before closure.
Official family days with reduced prices are Tuesdays from noon to 6 p.m. Since there is no parking anywhere close to the location, visitors are encouraged to come to town by train or take advantage of the park & ride system and leave their vehicle at a public transportation stop outside of the city, using the subway (U-Bahn) to get there.
Security concept: The security concept of the Oktoberfest is based on decades of experience and constantly reviewed. There will be a security fence along open stretches as well as a ban of back packs and larger bags; smaller bags are subject to search. Strollers are only allowed on weekdays until 6 p.m.; completely forbidden are items like glass bottles, gas spray cans or knives. On the busier days, like the weekends, visitors are advised to refrain from bringing small children.
For more information about the Oktoberfest go to www.oktoberfest.de/en
Pumpkin Festival in Ludwigsburg
The annual pumpkin festival on Ludwigsburg’s castle grounds (Marbacher Strasse 10, 71640 Ludwigsburg, Germany) is open until Nov. 4. 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 www.kuerbisausstellung-ludwigsburg.de/en or https://www.facebook.com/kuerbisausstellung
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 find announcements on hiking days all over Germany, visit DVV Wandern.
The information on local host nation events is provided through the auspices of the USAG Ansbach Public Affairs Office (PAO). All details provided are for informational purposes only and are a representation of typical events conducted in the local community. The PAO grants no element of exclusivity to any outside agency or business and any reference to commercial or retail activities implies no endorsement or recommendation by the U. S. Army or its agencies. Participation in any event or activity described herein is strictly voluntary and should be done so only after careful advisement and consideration of the safety and security environment at each specific location.