ANSBACH, Germany (April 14, 2017) -- "Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Middle, Lower and Upper Franconia.

Spring Awakening in Rothenburg
The city of Rothenburg is hosting a series of spring events, like decorating fountains or culinary walks or guided tours now through the end of April. To learn more, visit www.tourismus.rothenburg.de

Osterbrunnen in Franconia
A few weeks before Easter many Franconian communities adorn their well or fountain with fresh spring greens and hand-painted colorful eggs. The origins of the "Osterbrunnen" tradition can be traced back to the Fränkische Schweiz ('Franconian Switzerland'), a region located between the cities of Bamberg, Bayreuth and Forchheim, from where it spread to other areas. Tourists flock to the Fränkische Schweiz as participants of Osterbrunnen tours; hikers and bikers combine their outings with stops at different locations to admire the many little works of art. The regional tourist offices offer various routes and locations for visitors. For a sample list of Osterbrunnen villages, visit http://www.fraenkische-schweiz.com/de/erleben/sehenswert/osterbrunnen/ or http://www.osterbrunnen.de .

Easter Market in Nürnberg
The traditional annual Ostermarkt takes place on Nürnberg's Hauptmarkt now through April 17. More than 100 vendors are offering household products, wood and ceramic crafts, curtains, clothes, books and much more. Opening hours are 10 a.m. -- 7 p.m.; closed on Good Friday! To learn more, go to https://tourismus.nuernberg.de/en/experience/events/festivals-markets/news/ostermarkt/

Spargel season is here
The asparagus season in the area is about to begin, especially if the weather continues to be mild. In Franconia alone about 250 asparagus farmers harvest the "white gold" as it is also called. The white asparagus, and later in the month the green version, will be available soon in many supermarkets, vending booths along the road or straight from your local farmer. The season traditionally ends on 24 June, St. Johannis Day. For a collection of recipes (in German), visit http://www.spargel-franken.de/rezepte.php

Spring Fest in Nürnberg
The Nürnberg spring Volksfest, the largest of its kind in northern Bavaria, takes place on the Festplatz on Bayernstraße (near Dutzendteich) April 15 through May 1. To learn more about opening hours and program details visit www.volksfest-nuernberg.de

Easter at the Freilandmuseum Bad Windsheim
The historical outdoor museum in Bad Windsheim is featuring lots of Easter events; a passion play is performed by the theater club from Marktbergel on Good Friday, April 14 at 2 p.m.; an Easter market takes place April 15 through 17. Inside the historical farm houses visitors can learn traditional and new techniques to decorate eggs. The great Easter egg hunt (for kids only!) happens on Sunday, April 16 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.; children under 4 years have their own separate area to search. To learn more about the museum, visit www.freilandmuseum.de or https://www.facebook.com/FFM.de

Frühlingsfest - Bad Windsheim
The annual spring fest in Bad Windsheim on April 15 through 23 offers rides, live music and regional food daily, starting at 2 p.m. at the Festplatz am Schießwasen. A large Easter market takes place on Monday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. downtown. Wednesday, April 8 is family day with reduced prices. Large fireworks are scheduled for Saturday. April11 at about 10 p.m. For more details check http://www.bad-windsheim.de/urlaub-planen/veranstaltungskalender/traditionelles-fruehlingsfest-595/

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.

Wandertag in Höchstadt
The hiking day in Höchstadt April 16 and 17 features 5 and 10 kilometer routes; starting point is Aischtalhalle (An der Steige 5, 91315 Höchstadt) from 6 a.m. to noon both days. To learn more, visit http://www.dvv-wandern.de/files/documents/ausschreibungen_wandertage/fr/H_chstadtanderAisch16u.17.04.2017.pdf