• Open air museums in Franconia preserve old traditional buildings and trades for future generations.


    Open air museums in Franconia preserve old traditional buildings and trades for future generations.

  • The annual pumpkin festival on Ludwigsburg's castle grounds is still open until November 2.

    Pumpkin Festival

    The annual pumpkin festival on Ludwigsburg's castle grounds is still open until November 2.

Fish Days in Nürnberg
The Nürnberger Fischtage - Fish Days -- are a market focusing on fish in all variations. It takes place on Jakobsplatz on Oct. 17 -- 26, open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. To learn more, go to www.tourismus.nuernberg.de

Kirchweih in Spalt
The Kirchweih fest in Spalt is scheduled Oct. 17 through 20 at the Festplatz. Since Spalt is a traditional hops-growing town, the main fest focus is on beer; Saturday night will be the "Nacht des Bieres," the night of the beer, when a specially brewed fest beer, the Saumarktbier is served. There will also be a traditional fest parade (Oct. 18 at 2:30 p.m.) and the raising of the fest tree, the Kirchweihbaum (Oct. 18 at 3 p.m.). On Sunday, Oct. 19, the town hosts a Kirchweihmarkt from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a flea market (starting at 1 p.m.). To learn more about the event, go to www.spalter-bier.de

Food Truck Round-Up
Fifteen food trucks with a large variety of foods, including barbecue and Mexican food, meet for their annual food truck round-up on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Kickfabrik (Ferdinandstr. 21-23) in Nürnberg from noon to 9 p.m. Every truck crew will offer their specialty in trial size, so visitors can try as much as possible. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/foodtrucksdeutschland

Franconian Fish Fest and Fall Market in Volkach
The Fränkisches Fischfest in Volkach takes place Oct. 18 and 19 in front of the Rathaus (city hall), featuring freshly caught fish in different variations and live music. In addition, a fall market is open on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., stores are open in the afternoon. For more details, go to www.volkach.de

Fall fest at the open air museum in Fladungen
The Fränkische Freilandmuseum in Fladungen, an open air museum similar to the one in Bad Windsheim, is a perfect day trip destination. Their annual fall fest takes place on Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visitors learn about the art of keg production and wood turning in traditional Büttner and Drechsler workshops; other trades like milking, butter making etc. are taught "hands-on." Local food specialties are sold on site. The Fränkische Freilandmuseum Fladungen is open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., admission for adults is 4.50 €, children under six years anter for free.
For more information, contact the Fränkisches Freilandmuseum Fladungen (Bahnhofstraße 19, 97650 Fladungen) at 09778-9123-0 or go to www.freilandmuseum-fladungen.de

Flea Market in Schwabach
The Trempelmarkt in Schwabach, a large flea market downtown, takes place on Oct. 19, starting at 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Fürther Apfelmarkt
The apple market in the Stadtpark Fürth (Hans-Schiller-Allee) takes place on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; learn all about the regional apples and try juices and other beverages as well as delicious fresh-baked apple cakes, crepes and waffles. Children have their own entertainment section with games and activities. To learn more, go to http://www.fuerth.de/Portaldata/1/Resources/veranstaltungen/dokumente/2013/apfelmarkt.pdf

Antiques and flea market in Erlangen
An "Antik- und Flohmarkt" takes place on Bohlenplatz in Erlangen on Oct. 19 from noon to 6 p.m. To learn more, go to www.flohmarkt-bohlenplatz.de

VIVA VOCE in Bad Windsheim
Viva Voce, a popular a cappella band from the region performs at the Kur- & Kongress-Center (Erkenbrechtallee 2, next to the spa) on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. The former members of the Windsbacher Boys Choir have made their passion their profession and take their audience on a musical trip. To learn more, go to http://www.kkc-tagen.de/aktuelles/kulturelle-veranstaltungen.html

Fish Harvest Week in Dinkelsbühl
Dinkelsbühl's restaurants are hosting fish harvest weeks with local fish specialties from Oct. 24 through Nov. 2. Fish farming has a long tradition in Dinkelsbühl and the process of emptying the ponds in fall has turned into a culinary festivity. For details go to www.fischerntewoche.de

Kinder and Baby Bazaars
A 'Kinderbasar' or 'Baby Basar' is a second hand bazaar for used children's clothing, toys and equipment; they are usually organized by parents in the fall and spring and are a good opportunity to purchase well kept items for a reasonable price. Often there will be coffee and homemade cake for sale at the event. Look for flyers posted in your community for dates, times and location.

Pumpkin Festival in Ludwigsburg
The annual pumpkin festival on Ludwigsburg's castle grounds (Marbacher Strasse 10, 71640 Ludwigsburg, Germany) is open until November 2. 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, try https://www.facebook.com/events/415907721882092/#!/kuerbisausstellung

German-American Hiking Club Ansbach
The German-American Hiking Club Ansbach travels to a different Volksmarch destination almost every weekend. Often they take the train together, sometimes a bus is hired for the group. If you are interested in joining them for some of their activities, contact the president at 0160-9386-0081, or join them for their regular meeting, which takes place every other Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. (in odd weeks) at the Gaststätte Lehenshof (Uzstrasse 19) downtown Ansbach (behind the Greek restaurant).

Page last updated Wed October 15th, 2014 at 00:00