• A former mayor of Rothenburg saved the town in 1631 from certain destruction at the hands of the Catholic League under General Tilly by drinking more than 3 liters of Franconian wine in one gulp; this event is replayed in a historical festival called "Meistertrunk" every year.

    Meistertrunk in Rothenburg

    A former mayor of Rothenburg saved the town in 1631 from certain destruction at the hands of the Catholic League under General Tilly by drinking more than 3 liters of Franconian wine in one gulp; this event is replayed in a historical festival called...

  • A Venetian gondola crosses the Nürnberg Pegnitz River during the Venetian Market.

    Venetian gondolas in Nürnberg

    A Venetian gondola crosses the Nürnberg Pegnitz River during the Venetian Market.

  • 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.

    Volksmarch - Hiking Day

    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.

ANSBACH, Germany (May 22, 2015) -- "Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.

Wochenmarkt Ansbach
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).

Venetian Market - Nürnberg
The Venetian Market in Nürnberg features products from the Veneto, like Murano glass, Venetian masks, jewelry, art and fashion, but also Italian food like fresh antipasti, wine, bread and salami. Gondola rides on the Pegnitz River are offered daily from noon to 8 p.m., nice weather provided. The market takes place on the bridges near the Hauptmarkt plaza until May 25; to learn more, visit www.artandcolours.jimdo.com

New Orleans Festival in Fürth
The 16th New Orleans Festival in Fürth takes place on Fürther Freiheit on May 22 -- 24; several live bands and performers are scheduled to play every day at this free concert event. To find out more details about performance schedules and the bands, visit www.new-orleans-festival.de

Mustang Meeting in Sinsheim
More than 300 Ford Mustang Muscle Cars are expected at the annual Mustang Meeting at the Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim on May 23 and 24. The meeting is open to Mustangs of all construction years. Admission to the open air area with the car displays is free, inside the museum the usual admission prices apply. To learn more about the meeting and the museum, go to www.facebook.com/technikmuseum or http://sinsheim.technik-museum.de.

Wine fest in Bamberg
The annual Bamberger Weinfest takes place May 21 through 25 on Maxplatz; Franconian vintners present their wines, food specialties and live music for five days. To learn more, visit http://bamberger-weinfest.mybamberg.de/programm-2015

Pfingstweinfest in Sommerach
A wine fest takes place in Sommerach in the Franconian wine land on May 21 through 25 with local wines and food specialties, as well as live music and entertainment. To learn more, visit www.winzerkeller-sommerach.de

Historical Festival Play in Rothenburg
No historical event has shaped the character of the town of Rothenburg like the story of the Master Draught (Meistertrunk), when a former mayor of Rothenburg saved the town in 1631 from certain destruction at the hands of the Catholic League under General Tilly by drinking more than 3 liters of Franconian wine in one gulp. Every year the event is reenacted with costumes and carriages, wagons and weapons of the Thirty Years War, this year on May 22 through 25. Highlights include a military parade, historical filed camps and the theater play called the "Meistertrunk." All dates and details can be found on www.meistertrunk.de.

Trucker and Country Festival in Geiselwind
The annual Trucker and Country Festival in Geiselwind takes place on May 22 through 25 at the Eventzentrum Strohofer on Scheinfelder Strasse in Geiselwind along Autobahn A3. Live bands play all weekend, daily and weekend tickets are available. For more information go to www.eventzentrum-geiselwind.de

Oldtimer Tractor Meet in Dinkelsbühl
Oldtimer tractor owners meet on May 23 through 25 at the Gasthaus Waldesruh (Unterwinstetten 12, Dinkelsbühl). To learn more, visit www.ohra-willi.de

Pfingstferien - School break in Bavaria
The German children are going on school break from May 23 to June 7; this is a popular vacation time and many travelers can be expected to flood the airports and Autobahns. Heavy car traveling days are expected especially for the weekends, and June 3 and 4, as Thursday is a German holiday and people use the long weekend for quick trips.

German holiday on May 25
Monday, May 25, happens to be not only Memorial Day, but also a German holiday, Pfingstmontag (Pentecost or Whit Monday), this year. As usual, stores and businesses off-post are closed and "quiet laws" apply (no loud noise, lawn-mowing etc.).

Pfingstmarkt and Flea Market in Bad Windsheim
A traditional Pfingst market takes place in combination with a flea market on Monday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; local stores open at 1 p.m. for business.

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

"Dinkelsbühl leuchtet" - Dinkelsbühl's alight
All of downtown Dinkelsbühl is open for shopping and relaxing until 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. Live bands play on several stages in the evening; dance groups and a fire show entertain the visitors, while the city is lit up with special lighting. To learn more, visit www.dinkelsbuehl.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.

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

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 23 and 24: Weikersheim-Laudenbach, 5, 10 and 20 km, Automobil-Club Laudenbach e.V., 07934-8590, buzzi-68@web.de. Start: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at AMC Heim Weikersheim, Schlößle 10, 97990 Weikersheim-Laudenbach. To learn more, go to http://www.dvv-wandern.de/files/documents/ausschreibungen_wandertage/bw/2015/w_mai_laudenbach.pdf

May 30 and 31: Weyer, 5, 10 and 20 km, SC 1947 Weyer e.V., 09721/649982, vorstand-veranstaltungen@sc-weyer.de. 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

"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

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