Da Vinci exhibition in Nürnberg
After touring through San Francisco, Tokyo, Moscow, Washington, Kapstadt and Brussels the traveling exhibition "Da Vinci -- The Genius" is coming to Nürnberg. More than 200 copies of his work can be seen at the Nürnberg Quelle Facility (Fürther Strasse 205) between April 12 and Aug. 10. The exhibition is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To learn more, visit www.tourismus.nuernberg.de.

Frühlingsfest in Erlangen
The Erlangen spring fest takes place at the Schlossplatz from April 19 to 27; the fest is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. To learn more, visit www.blv-erlangen.de.

Spring fest in Nürnberg
The annual spring fest at the Dutzendteich in Nürnberg -- the largest in Northern Bavaria -- is scheduled for April 19 through May 11. The fest offers the usual rides and fest tents as well as special events and entertainment. Highlights include the "Night of the Thousand Lights" April 25 with fireworks, an old-timer parade May 3 or a hot air balloon festival May 4. For details, maps and opening hours, visit www.volksfest-nuernberg.de.

Frühlingsfest in Bad Windsheim
The Bad Windsheim spring fest is scheduled for April 19 through 27 at the Festplatz on Schiesswasen. Fest tents and rides open daily at 2 p.m. (4 p.m. on the Saturday before Easter). To learn more, visit www.veranstaltungskalender-nea.de.

Easter at the Freilandmuseum -- Bad Windsheim
The Fränkische Freilandmuseum Bad Windsheim ( Eisweiherweg 1) offers entertainment for the whole family during the long Easter weekend. April 17 through 19, children can dye eggs the old-fashioned way with natural colors made from plants from 1 to 5 p.m. They will also learn to build a Franconian "Hosagärtla," a little 'garden nest' for the Easter bunny (no registration necessary).
The theater group of Marktbergel and Bad Windsheimer singers and musicians create a passion play involving the audience on Good Friday (April 18), starting at 2 p.m. Trombone music will be played at 3 p.m. at the museum's entry gate.
From Saturday to Monday, April 19 through 21, visitors can observe old and new techniques for Easter decorations in the farm houses from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
An Easter egg hunt takes place April 20 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Children need to keep their eyes open for more than 1,000 hidden eggs and some nests.
To learn more about the open air museum in Bad Windsheim, visit www.freilandmuseum.de.

Easter in the Handwerkerhof Nürnberg
The Handwerkerhof in Nürnberg, a medieval enclosure across from the main train station, is decorated in Easter fashion. All the traditional houses, stores and restaurants and the well will feature season greens, colorful eggs and more. The Handwerkerhof is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The stores are open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. To learn more, visit www.handwerkerhof.de.

Castle Tours with Faber-Castell
The castle belonging to the Faber-Castell family in Stein (Rednitzstrasse 2a/B14) is open for touring every third Sunday of the month; the next scheduled date is April 20. Visitors can enter between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. without previous registration. Coffee and cake will be served in the Wintergarten. Admission for the museum "Alte Mine" is 4 euros, admission to the castle costs 7 euros; combination and family tickets are available.

Shepherds Dance in Rothenburg
The historical "Schäfertanz" is performed in Rothenburg at the Marktplatz April 20 at 2 p.m. To learn more, visit www.schaefertanzrothenburg.de.

Annual Day of the Beer
On April 23, German beer brewers celebrate what's often considered the oldest consumer protection law, the Bavarian Reinheitsgebot from 1516. The Reinheitsgebot, literally the "purity order," is often translated as the "German Beer Purity Law" or the "Bavarian Purity Law" and is a regulation concerning the production of beer in Germany. In the original text the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were barley, hops and water; later on the addition of yeast was permitted. Some cities, like Bamberg, celebrate the day of the Beer with special events.

Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival in Fürth
The annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival at the Grüne Halle (Krautheimer Strasse 11) in Fürth on April 27 offers lots of events and entertainment Japan style. There will be performances of sumo, ikebana, aikido, iaido, karate, kobudo, manga cosplay, koto, haiku and shakuhachi. Watch a Japanese tea ceremony, learn how to do origami and more. The festival is open from noon to 8 p.m. Admission fee for adults is 7 euros; children younger than 14 enter free. To learn more, visit www.gruenehalle.de.

Volksmarch in Franken
Volksmarches have been popular with Americans stationed in Europe for decades, and with winter on its way out and the weather gradually improving, the hiking season is picking up again. Participants in Germany can typically choose from 5-, 10- or 20-kilometer distances. Hikers don't start all at once but within a certain time frame and cover the chosen distance at their own pace. Food and drinks are sold on location and registration is possible on site. It is best to contact the listed point of contact 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:
• April 19 and 20: Stegaurach (5, 10, 20k) Wanderfreunde Aurachtal, 0951/290623. Start: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Schulplatz 1, 96135 Stegaurach. To learn more, visit www.dvv-wandern.de/files/file/stegaurach_1904_u_2004.pdf (includes English information).
• April 21: Creglingen, guided tour with view of Rothenburg (5,11k) Wanderfreunde Creglingen, 09848/969700 or 0175/8514775, wanderfreunde-creglingen@web.de. Start: 9 a.m. at Schonach 10, 97993 Creglingen. To learn more, visit www.dvv-wandern.de/files/file/schonach_210414.pdf.
• April 26 and 27: Burk (between Herrieden and Dinkelsbühl) (5, 10, 15k) Wanderfreunde Burk, 09822-1614. Start: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 at Meierndorfer Str. 4 in 91596 Burk. To learn more, visit www.dvv-wandern.de/files/file/burk_2604_u_2704.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).

Citylauf in Ansbach
The Ansbach Citylauf, an annual fun run, is scheduled May 4 in the afternoon. Online registration for the Citylauf at www.ansbacher-citylauf.de ends April 21. If you would like to join a German-American running team for May 4, get in touch with Outreach-KONTAKT Franken at www.facebook.com/OutreachKONTAKTFranken or contact your local garrison fitness center. The "Lauftreff Ansbach" -- the same people who organize the Ansbach City Run May 4 -- offer group training open to everyone, all age groups and experience levels (beginners, 10-kilometer or marathon training). One group gets together in Ansbach-Hennenbach at Martin-Leder-Strasse (near the Kindergarten) every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Another meets at 9:30 a.m. Sundays in Ansbach-Hennenbach on Fürstenstrasse by the school (both groups for beginners and 10k runners). To learn more about the group and training sessions, visit www.lauftreff-ansbach-nord.de.

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