By Bianca Sowders, USAG Ansbach Public AffairsMarch 29, 2013
Volksmarches 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 about to pick up again. Participants in Germany can typically choose from 5/6k, 10k or 20k 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, visit www.dvv-wandern.de.
Here is a quick look at upcoming Volksmarches in Franconia:
• March 29 in Thüngersheim (6/10/20 km); RV Concordia Thüngersheim, 97291 Thüngersheim, 09364-3368 -- Start time: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Veitshöchheimer Str. 29, Weingut Hart (vintner's yard) -- www.dvv-wandern.de/files/file/thngersheim.pdf.
• April 1 in Neuhaus a.d. Pegnitz "Cave to Cave Tour" (13k); VVV Neuhaus a. d. Pegnitz, 09154-911576. Start time: 9:30 a.m. at Neuhaus a.d. Pegnitz, Zur Linde, Finstermühle 28.
• April 6 and 7 in Langenzenn (5/10/20 km), Wanderfreunde Alte Veste Zirndorf, 09103-1812. Start time: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stadthalle, Pfaffenleite 16, 90579 Langenzenn -- www.dvv-wandern.de/files/file/langenzenn.pdf.
• April 13 and 14 in Creussen: Hike (5/10/20 km) and bike (25k); Wanderfreunde Funkendorf-Creussen, 09270-399, Start time: Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday 7 to 11 a.m. at Mehrzweckhalle, Bahnhofstr. 11, 95473 Creussen -- www.dvv-wandern.de/files/file/funkendorf-1.pdf.
• April 13 and 14 in Höchstadt (5/10/20 km); Wanderfreunde Höchstadt, 09193-3351. Start time: 6 a.m. to noon at An der Steige 5, Aischtalhalle, 91315 Höchstadt a.d. Aisch -- www.dvv-wandern.de/files/file/hchstadt.pdf.
Easter in the Handwerkerhof Nürnberg
The Handwerkerhof in Nürnberg, a medieval enclosure across from the main train station, is now decorated in Easter fashion; all the little 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 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. To learn more, visit www.handwerkerhof.de.
Easter Market in Nürnberg
The traditional annual Ostermarkt is still open on Nürnberg's Hauptmarkt until April 1. More than 80 vendors are offering household products, wood and ceramic crafts, curtains, clothes, books and more. Opening hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Easter Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; closed on Good Friday.
Spring Fest in Bad Windsheim
The annual spring fest in Bad Windsheim, March 30 through April 7, offers rides, musical entertainment and food daily, starting at 2 p.m. at the Festplatz am SchieYwasen. For details visit www.tourismus.bad-windsheim.de.
Flamenco Festival in Würzburg
The Flamenco Festival in Würzburg presents itself with an entertaining program, showing Flamenco dance in traditional and modern ways. The festival takes place March 30 through April 7 in the Mainfrankentheater Würzburg and the Zehntscheune Weingut Juliusspital. To learn more, visit www.wueflamencofestival.com.
Spring Fest in Nürnberg
The annual spring fest at the Dutzendteich in Nürnberg is scheduled for March 30 through April 14. For details, map and opening hours, visit www.volksfest-nuernberg.de.
Bamberg Spring Fest
The Bamberger Frühjahrsplärrer is one of the largest spring fests in the area. It takes place at the Plärrerplatz an der Breitenau (ZeppelinstraYe) from March 30 through April 14 and is open daily from 2 to 9:30 p.m. and 1 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For details visit www.schausteller-bamberg.de.
Easter Egg Hunt in Bad Windsheim
The Freilandmuseum (open air museum) Bad Windsheim on Eisweiherweg 1 is hosting a traditional Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, March 31 from 9 a.m. -- 1 p.m. More than 1000 eggs as well as a few nests will be hidden for the children between the old farm houses. For more information go to www.freilandmuseum.de.
Easter at the FunPark in Zirndorf
The Easter bunny will visit the Playmobil Funpark (BrandstätterstraYe 2-10) on March 31 and April 1 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.; other entertainment includes fun egg games, an Easter bunny machine (?) and a mini disco for kids. To learn more go to www.playmobil-funpark.de.
Historischer Schäfertanz - Rothenburg
The historical „Shepherd's Dance" with dancers in colorful traditional clothing will take place on the Marktplatz in Rothenburg on Sunday, March 31 at 2 p.m. For details check www.schaefertanzrothenburg.de.
April 1 a German holiday
April 1, in Germany known as Easter Monday, is a nationally observed holiday, which generally means that stores and businesses will remain closed and public transportation services will be reduced.
Easter Market and Open Shops in Bad Windsheim.
Bad Windsheim hosts an Easter market (9 a.m. -- 6 p.m.) and opens the stores on the German holiday on April 1 from 1 -- 5 p.m.
Abba Tribute Live Show in Ansbach
The ABBA World Revival Show takes place in the Ansbacher Kammerspiele (Maximilianstr. 27a) on April 5 at 8:30 p.m.
Garden Fair in Bamberg
The outdoor garden fair Blüte & Ambiente on Böhmerwiese (HeiliggrabstraYe 57) on April 12 -- 14 offers colorful information and entertainment for the whole family; be inspired by new plants, decoration, crafts and much more. Opening hours are Friday 11 a.m. -- 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. -- 6 p.m.; a free shuttle bus takes visitors to the fair from P+R parking lot Breitenau and the stop "Ottokirche." Admission cost is 7 Euros for adults, children under 14 years of age enter free; dogs are welcome when on a leash. To learn more go to www.bluete-ambiente.de.
Tulip Festival in Pappenheim
The tulip festival "Tulipomania" in Pappenheim (BahnhofstraYe) takes place on Sunday, April 14, at 10 a.m. -- 6 p.m.; honoring Count Friedrich Ferdinand von Pappenheim with groups in historical costumes, musicians and singers. For more information go to www.pappenheim.de.