• The Trachtenmarkt in downtown Greding is a good opportunity to stock up on traditional clothing items, like Lederhosen and Dirndl.

    Trachtenmarkt in Greding

    The Trachtenmarkt in downtown Greding is a good opportunity to stock up on traditional clothing items, like Lederhosen and Dirndl.

  • The Altmühlsee Festival features many live bands staged around the lake for a fun event.

    Altmühlsee Festival

    The Altmühlsee Festival features many live bands staged around the lake for a fun event.

Bad Kissinger Weinfest
The wine fest in Bad Kissingen offers local wines on Aug. 21 through 25 at the historical Marktplatz downtown. To learn more, go to www.weinfest-badkissingen.de

Altmühlsee Festival
Different bands perform around the lake during the Altmühlsee Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23. Stages are located at Seezentrum Gunzenhausen-Schlungenhof, Surfzentrum Schlungenhof, Seezentrum Muhr am See and Seezentrum Wald as well as in Mörsach and Gern. Music begins at 7 p.m.; to learn more about the festival, go to www.altmuehlsee-festival.de

Herbstvolksfest - Nürnberg
The Nürnberg Fall Fest is one of the largest and nicest fests in Bavaria; visitors will find plenty of fun rides, beer tents and food stands, as well as an entertainment program for everybody. The fest from August 29 to September 14 is located on the Dutzendteich (Bayernstrasse). Details are available at www.volksfest-nuernberg.de

Bad Windsheimer Kirchweih
The Bad Windsheim Kirchweih on Aug. 29 through Sept. 2 is a traditional Kirchweih Volksfest with rides, fest tent, parade and fireworks. To learn more, go to www.tourismus.bad-windsheim.de

Knights at Night in Heroldsbach
The fun park Schloss Thurn in Heroldsbach near Forchheim offers a knights' tournament and medieval event every Saturday evening in August; the castle's park becomes a jousting field with knights on horses and breathtaking fire stunts. The pre-show starts at 6:30 p.m., the actual show begins at 8:00 p.m.; the special admission ticket also allows visitors to enjoy the fun park's attractions from 3 to 6:30 p.m. For program details and tickets go to www.schloss-thurn.de

Reichsstadt-Festtage -- Rothenburg
The Reichsstadt-Festtage or Imperial Days in Rothenburg ob der Tauber on Sept. 5 through 7 celebrate the history of the old Imperial city. Every century is represented with its unique clothing and stories. The festival includes many different events and performances; highlights are the Meistertrunk, the historical Shepherd's Dance, a torch parade of participants and fireworks. To learn more, go to www.meistertrunk.de

Trachtenmarkt in Greding
The Trachtenmarkt in downtown Greding is a good opportunity to stock up on traditional clothing items, like Lederhosen and Dirndl and all the accessories that go along with that. The market takes place on Sept. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To learn more, go to www.greding.de

Trempelmarkt in Nürnberg
The largest flea market in Germany, the Trempelmarkt in Nürnberg, is open on Friday Sep. 12 from 4 p.m. to midnight and Saturday, Sep. 13, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Use of public transportation to the center of Nürnberg is highly recommended, parking will be sparse.

German School Break
The summer break in Bavaria has started and ends on September 15; the children of our neighbor states Baden-Wuerttemberg and Hessen are out as well. Expect heavy traffic and long traffic jams, especially on weekends on the Autobahns going south and coming back during that time. For current traffic updates go to www.bayerninfo.de (in English), www.adac.de/reise_freizeit/verkehr , www.verkehrsinfo.de or www.verkehrsinformation.de

Nürnberg Zoo celebrates 75 years
The Nürnberger Tiergarten, famous for its landscaping between centuries-old trees and sandstones, celebrates 75 years at the Schmausenbuck, its current location, with many events throughout the year. To learn more, visit www.tiergarten.nuernberg.de.

Volksmarch in Franken
The hiking season is in full swing in Franconia and other parts of Germany; a Volksmarch or Wandertag is a good way to get out and exercise at your own pace. Participants can typically choose from 5/6k, 10k or 20k distances, sometimes even farther; hikers don't start all at once, but within a certain time frame and cover the chosen distance at their own pace. Food and refreshments are sold on location and on the way, and registration is possible on site. It is recommended to check the link with details of the hike or contact the listed POC for exact starting times, updates and detailed location information. For other locations within Germany also check the website www.dvv-wandern.de.

Volksmarches in Franconia:
August 23 and 24: Creglingen (5, 10, 20k) - Wanderfreunde Creglingen, 09848-969700, ch-moll@web.de. Start: Saturday 6 a.m. -- 2 p.m., Sunday 6 a.m. -- 1 p.m. at Stadthalle Creglingen, Kieselallee - http://www.dvv-wandern.de/files/documents/ausschreibungen_wandertage/fr/2014/august_creglingen.pdf

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).

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