Thursday, December 18, 2014

Recent Food Sightings

Aldi: Aldi now carries hummus!!! I have seen 3 flavors: natural, spicy, and pumpkin. I´ve onlyhad the natural, I thought it was very good, but should have been labeled lemon flavor. €1,39 for 200g (December 2014)

English bacon €,99 for 90g. Thanks to HENhaus member Theresa E. for the find!

Crazy Donuts (Nürnberg location): Twinkies!!!! Barq´s Root Beer, Hawaiian Punch (cans), cherry vanilla and regular Dr. Pepper.

Edeka:  Okra (canned/jarred vegetable section. Spotted in a larger Edeka €2,99 for 660 grams

Karstadt: (Nürnberg) Clotted cream (refrigerated section next to butter). Thanks Bob B. and Becky H. for the find!

Nürnberg Christkindlmarkt: (Sister City Markt) Blow Pops (cherry and grape), Hershey´s bars (regular flavor- sold out when I went), Hershey´s Mint Chocolate candy canes (€10 a box of 12).

Rewe Getränkemarkt (Bamberg)

Rewe Drink Market
There is a  new stand in the Rewe Getränkemarkt on Pödeldorfer Strasse in Bamberg (Thanks to my husband for discovering!). While Kraft macaroni and cheese, poptarts and some other items offered here can be found elsewhere, there are many items that are harder to find. Captain Crunch Crunchberry, Lucky Charms and Fruity Pebbles all around the €7 mark. The assortment of Hershey´s bars is incredible. Regular, almond, cookies and cream all for €1,29. Reese´s Peanut Butter cups and Almond Joy as well.

American sodas such as Welch´s grape and assorted Fanta varieties as well. They claim to be the only place selling Kool Aid.

This Rewe location is about a 3-4 minute walk from the Bamberg Bahnhof.

Substop (Hassfurt, Hirschaid, Hallstadt, Bamberg):  Cool Ranch Doritos and Lay´s Sour Cream and Onion chips! Arizona iced teas, macaroni and cheese, other rotating stock of snack items.

Have you made any recent food from home finds? Tell us in comments!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Over the Counter Medications in Germany

OTC medications are often NOT actually over the counter, they are behind the counter, so you must ask at the Apotheke for them. This may, or may not be followed by questions from the pharmacist about your condition. It´s been my experience that it is better to follow their (highly educated about German medications) recommendations rather than insist on something. OTC medications do not require a prescription. 

Note: Green means plant based or homeopathic. 

Here is a list of recommended OTC medications in Germany: 

General Pain Relief: 
Paracetamol = Tylenol
Aspirin = Aspirin for the (Bayer) brand name product. For generic aspirin, ask for ASS or Acetylsalicylsäure. 
Ibuprofen  = Ibuprofen (US Advil, etc.)
**Note: for coated capsules (enteric coating) ask for Magensaftresistent.

Sore Throat:
Ipalat = recommended throat losenges
Dorithricin = recommended throat losenges
Wicks - same as US brand Vicks

Muscle Pain:
Voltaren Gel 
Thermacare warm packs (stick on)

Oralpadon = Electrolyte drink to be mixed with water

Vomacur (for motion sickness as well as stomach flu) 

Sleeping Pills: 
Haggar Nacht

Stuffy Nose:
Weleda Schnupfen Cream - to be applied IN your nose. It makes your nose run for the first few minutes and then you are good to go! Great before bedtime with a cold.
**see Cold Symptoms

Aspecton Hustentropfen - Thyme extract for coughs, mix a few drops in water

Cold Symptoms: 
Rhinopront = close to Sudafed (US)
Aspirin Complex = aspirin plus pseudoephedrin 
Wick Day Med - acetaminophen, phenylpropanolamine (non drowsy decongestant) und dextromethorphan (cough suppressant).
Wick MediNait - acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, ephedrine (sinus congestion relief), doxylamine (makes you sleepy)

Sinupret - homeopathic for cough/mucous/sinus/cold symptoms

Zytrec = Zyrtec (US)
Diphenhydramine = Benadryl (US)
Vividrin = remedy for Hay Fever, available in tablets, nose spray and eye drops

Rash/Skin Problems:
 Hydrocort = Hydrocortisone cream.  Only available .5% OTC here, in the US 1%.

Tyrosur Gel = Antibiotic creme
Hydrogenperoxide = Same, but the pharmacist must mix it for you. The most common (US) percentage is 3% for cuts, scrapes, oral hygiene.

Especially for Children: 

Nurofen = fever/bad flu 
Sinupret (fluid) for flu/cough release
Prospan syrup = for heavy dury cough/mucous congestion

Need to find an open Apotheke on a Sunday, holiday, or evening? Enter your zip code here to find an open Apotheke near you today. 
Alternatively, your local weekend newspaper will have a list, or check the door of your local (closed Apotheke. They take turns providing after hours services.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December 2014 - Overview

Holidays (Federal or Bavaria specific) and Important Dates      
December 25, 26 Christmas (note: stores will be closed after mid afternoon December 24)
December 31 New Year´s Eve (stores will be closed early)
See here for last year´s post on New Year´s Eve (Silvester) traditions in Germany. 

School holidays December 24 - January 6, 2015

Events (by no means a complete list)


December 1 - 19 Children´s Christmas Huts- arts and crafts from 2-5pm
December 1-24 Living Advent Calendar- the door is opened at 5pm and followed by music
December 4-7 Christmas Market
December 14 - Christmas Concert
December 18 - Herzo in a Nutshell - English guided tour €2


Through December 26 Erlangen on Ice, Erlangen´s free ice skating rink opens Schlossplatz
Through December 24 Forest Christmas Market, Schlossplatz
Through December 24 Historic or Middle AgesChristmas Market 
Until January 5 - Model train exhibit- Erlangen Arcaden
December 5 - 24 Christmas Tree Market, Schlossplatz
December 13 - Light Show, to celebrate the Year of Lights and Light Based Technology, Pedestrian Zone
December 13- Day trip (with English speaking tourguide!) to Dinkelsbühl and Bad Windsheim Christmas markets. €25 
December 15 - Gregory Porter (Jazz from the US), tickets from €39
December 21 - Swanlake


Every Thursday, City Marketing Nürnberg publishes weekend tips! 
Through December 21- Take a Glühwein tour of the city on an old fashioned street car €16
Through December 23- Special at the Planetarium - The Three Christmas Stars 
Through December 24 Christkindlesmarkt!
Through December 24 (weekends only!) Living Nativity Scenes, Nürnberg Zoo 
Through March 2015- Segway Indoor Parcourse - Kickfabrik Friday, Saturday, Sunday (link in German, upper right for translation tool)
December 4-14 Fine Arts and Crafts Market at the Stadtmuseum Fembohaus
December 7 - Open Sunday Altstadt
December 7 - Latin Bazaar- books, cds, etc. in Spanish and Portugese, also crafts, wine, and more! 
December 9 - Bryan Ferry tickets from €55
December 9 - UB40 tickets €41,90
Through December 10 - Citizen Four (film) €6,50
December 13-14 Winterkiosk - Alternative Christmas Market- organic, free trade, etc. items
December 18-21 Holiday on Ice Tickets from €29,90 adult
December 22 - The Nutcracker (ballet) tickets from €20,30

Click here for a previous post about the area´s Christmas Markets, and what makes each special. 
Through December 23 Christmas Market, Fürth (also has a Middle Ages Market)
Through January 6 Bamberg´s 39 Nativity Scenes are up! Walking map of the Nativity Trail here. More info at the tourist center.
Through January 6 Nativity Museum Hirschaid, nativity scenes from around the world Free
December 4 - Bryan Adams, Stuttgart tickets from €69
December 5 - New Orleans Jazz, Hassfurt,tickets €10
December 5 - Danceperados of Ireland (Irish music and dance), Bamberg
December 6 - Adventsmarkt, Frankische Schweiz Museum, Pottenstein
December 6 - Bryan Ferry, Stuttgart, tickets from €47,35
December 6 - Niklauslauf, Forcheim- Up to 5k run (also children and baby runs)
December 6 - Shopping Night, Bamberg- stores open until midnight! 
December 10 - Swan Lake, performed by the Russian National Ballet Theater. Crailsheim tickets from €35,90 
December 13- Day trip (with English speaking tourguide!) to Dinkelsbühl and Bad Windsheim Christmas markets. €25 Bus leaves from Erlangen
December 26- Light my Fire, Doors tribute concert, Hassfurt, tickets €10

Other things to do? 

From September - April 2015 go ice skating at Nürnberg Arena!

Click here for a list of tours in the area in English, many are indoors (museums). 

Visit the Nürnberg Planetarium

Take a day ski trip! Loads of companies organize them. Wöhrl, Jochen Schweizer, Snowstars, Intersport (ask at the store for brochures) for example. 

Take a salsa class.

Wednesdays and Thursday evenings, go to the public ceramic workshop in Nürnberg, just €2 per evening! 

Go (indoor) rockclimbing. Kids just €2,50.  

Kick-Fabrik - Nürnberg indoor soccer and mini-golf

Rock cut beer celler tours (Nürnberg) every Sunday 11:30am in English. €5 

Take a hike! Link to VGN hiking information site here (English). Combine hiking and beer with the 5 Seidla Tour (English). Hiking trails in and around Herzo here. Nature parks in the region may be found here (link in German, click on interaktiven Karte for the map). 

Head to the Frankischer Schweiz (link in English) for breweries, hiking, castles, rock climbing, canoeing and more. An interactive map of hiking trails in the Frankischer Schweiz can be found here

It´s Bockbier Anstich time! That time of year that the Bockbier kegs are tapped. Find a list of local Anstichen (the celebration the day the first keg is tapped) here

Take your own wine walk in Nürnberg (link in German, map on right hand side of page).

Sign up for a class at the Volkshochschule (page includes links to the VHS in the HENhaus area).

Visit a pool or sauna- Atlantis is in Herzo, Nürnberg has many to choose from (link in    German), Bamberg has Bambados Can´t decide?  Schwimmbadcheck is an online review site for public pools, link is in English.


Produce availability in Germany is VERY seasonal. Want fresh asparagus right now? Not likely.
Want to know when to expect what (of locally grown produce)? Click here  This also includes information about when to plant what in this area of Germany.

Things cropping up (pun intended) ;)
Clementines- though not local, of course, this is the time they arrive in stores! 

Things to stock up on as they will go away soon! 
Red cabbage

Also: Glühwein, Eierliquor, Lebkuchen, Stollen :) 

What in the world is that?

Zieräpfel. Edible, though sour. Mostly used for decoration

Barbara Day - December 4

December 4 is the Feast of Saint Barbara, or Barbara Tag. According to legend (though they vary), Barbara grew up in what is now Turkey. Her father, Dioscorus, a wealthy merchant, would lock Barbara up in a tower when he was  away in order to preserve her virginity. One day he came home to find three windows in the tower, instead of two. He asked her what happened, and she confessed that she had converted to Christianity, and been baptized by a Priest who had disguised himself as a doctor. The third window was added as a symbol of the Holy Trinity.  This infuriated her father, and as it was done against his will, she was accused, brought before a judge, and sentenced to beheading. Her father, legend has it, was struck dead by lightening on the very same day. 

Legend has it that a branch of a cherry tree got caught in Barbara´s dress. She watered it daily in her tower cell, and on the day of her execution (in 306) it bloomed. 

On Barbara Tag, many people purchase a Barbara Zweig, or Barbara Branch of a cherry tree. If you put it in water on December 4, it is said to bloom on Christmas, bringing good luck. 

Though the Catholic Church deemed Saint Barbara a non-historical person, and removed her feast day from the official Church calendar in 1969, many people in Catholic regions of Germany still celebrated the tradition. 


Advent refers to the time leading up to Christmas, and is the time for preparing for the holiday, baking cookies, eating Lebkuchen and Stollen. It´s also Christmas Market time! See here for a list of Christmas Markets in the HENhaus area.

One tradition involves the Adventkalendar. Advent Calendars come in various shapes and forms, but the idea is that one counts down the 24 days until Christmas (December 1-24). The more traditional are boxes, with a piece of chocolate or candy behind 24 doors.
Photo: Karstadt online
The largest door is always the 24th. 
There are Advent Calendars for everyone, Some have toys behind the doors, others have liquor oe beer! I´ve seen Nivea and La Roche skin care calendars, and even "adult" calendars as well. Really, anything goes! 
 If you can´t find the one you want, there are also some you fill yourself. Karstadt has an amazing selection. 

While many German Christmas traditions are hundreds, if not thousands of years old, this one is rather new. Though stories differ, one originates in Maulbronn, Germany. The mother of a young Gerhard Lang grew tired of him asking when Christmas was coming, and created the first Advent Calendar by sticking candies (or cookies or chocolates depending on the story) on a piece of cardboard so that he could visualize (and eat!) the countdown. When Gerhard grew up, he was the owner of a printing company, and created the first Advent Calendar as we know it, with little doors to open in Munich around 1904. It was known as the Munich Christmas Calendar. It did not contain chocolate, rather, Bible verses and pictures related to the Holiday. During the War, production was stopped, due to the rationing of cardboard. In 1946, a man named Richard Sellmar brought the calendars back, but it wasn´t until the 1950´s that the calendars contained chocolate.

Another Advent tradition is the Adventskranz, or Advent Wreath.
Photo: Wikipedia
The wreath contains four red or violet candles to symbolize the four weeks of Advent. Sometimes a Christ Candle is placed in the middle. Beginning on the first Sunday of Advent, a candle is lit. Families gather around the wreath and may read Bible passages, pray together or sing songs.

A popular song to be sung around the wreath can be found here.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Christmas Markets in the HENhaus area

With just about four weeks of Christmas Market time, and sooo many to choose from, I thought it might be fun to note the (totally subjective) highpoints and/or lowpoints of some local Markets! Note: Times listed are by train to the city itself, rather than the Market itself, using Nürnberg Hbf as a reference point.

Never been to a Christmas Market in Germany? The Local has a visual guide to what to expect, Grounded Traveler wrote a bit more. 

Augsburg (2 hours)
Augsburg´s Market, with more than 130 booths, is open November 24-December 24 (Monday-Thursday, Sunday, 10-8pm, Fri-Sat 10-9pm). What differenciates this market from the rest are the Angel Performance (Fri-Sun 6pm)  where 24 Angels (representing 24 days of Advent) perform at the Rathaus which is turned into a living Advent Calendar. Also noteworthy is the Fairytale Street where moving window displays tell a fairytale.  

Bamberg (45 minutes from Nürnberg)
Photo: Eva Acoff used with permissio
Bamberg´s main Christmas Market is open at Maxplatz November 27th – December 23rd
Monday till Saturday: 09:00 till 20:00
Sunday: 11:00 till 20:00. Though nice, it´s not anything out of the ordinary. Glühwein, ornaments, scarves, etc. for sale. 

From November 28-29 by St. Elizabeth´s Church (Sandstraße), however, is a fantastic traditional market featuring all home made wares. More info here. 
Not a Weihnachtsmarkt, but related to Christmas, Bamberg is world renowned as a city of Nativity Scenes. Plan your walk around town to the about 400 Nativity scenes (link in English to descriptions of each Nativity. The broschure Krippenstadt Bamberg available at the Tourist Info Center and Rathaus with a map) at 40 different stops. The Bamberg Navity Museum is not to miss, with nativities from around Germany, and around the world. 

Cadolzburg (45 minutes)
Cadolzburg´s Advent Market is open November 29-30 and recommended by several HENhaus members as a favorite!. This market features homemade items for sale. The castle looks "like a fairytale". 

From "On 29 and 30 November the Cadolzburg near Fürth is also celebrating Advent. Thetraditional artisans’ market takes place in the medieval atmosphere of the castle’s bailey, where numerous stall-holders offer jewellery, textiles, handicrafts, ceramics and floral art. The seasonal activities are not confined to the castle: on the Marktplatz and the Pisendelplatz of the little town of Cadolzburg itself there is also an Advent market, surrounded by historical half-timbered houses.

Artisans’ market at the Cadolzburg
29 to 30 November  2014, Saturday 2-7pm, Sunday 11am-7pm
Admission free"

Coburg (1.75 hours) 
Coburg and region really outdo themselves for Christmas. The Christmas Market itself is open from November 28-December 23 11am - 8pm every day! 

Highlights include the horse drawn carriages (Fri-Sun 3-6pm at the Rathaus), a visit from St. Niklaus on December 6, the Church of St. Moritz offers music by candelight on December 6, 13, 20, Landestheatre Coburg offering Christmas tales. More information here

Erlangen (17 minutes)
Erlangen has two Christmas Markets, open November 26 - December 24. 
By Schlossplatz is the Forest Market, the Erlanger Waldweihnacht, with more of a forest atmosphere. I love the mulch on the ground, and the trees that look like this, it´s a personal favorite. 

TIP: New this year is the Kinderbackstube- kids can bake their own Erlanger Wichtel (€2, estimated time 30 minutes). Reserve a spot here. Also new this year is a wreath making station! 

TIP: Erlangen on Ice (free ice skating, just pay skate rental) is right there as well! 

The Medieval Christmas Market in Erlangen is also recommended. Entertainment, cosy open fires, and more. This one gets very crowded, so get their early. 

More on both in English here

Forchheim (40 minutes)
Adorable Forchheim hosts a fantastic Christmas Market from November 29 - December 24 (12-8 pm daily, December 24 9am - 1pm). The highlight is Advent Calendar deemed the most beautiful in the world (per their website, of course) located at the Rathaus. Live music starts at 5:30 daily, the window opening by the Forchheim Christmas Angel at 6:30pm. Forchheim is also well known for their Nativity Trail. A downloadable map of their Nativity Trail, or Krippenweg, and more information in German can be found here. 

TIP: Take a tour of the Christmas Market, including some of the Nativity Trail for €6 in English. This also includes a mug of Glühwein, Lebkuchen (ginger bread), and a lottery ticket for the lottery held every day during the Market. More info here.  

TIP: The market extends all the way from Sattlertorstraße to the Kaiserpfalz, be sure to see it all!

Fürth (7 minutes)
Fürth also has several Christmas Markets to choose from.
The Altstadtweihnachtsmarkt runs from the 5th to 12th of December. Highlight? The Nightwatchman closing the market at 8pm. 

The Fürther Weihnachtsmarkt runs from November 27 - December 23 daily 10a - 11pm. A 5 minute walk from the main train station. Attached to this market,, is a Middle Ages Market. Small, but cozy, with loads of open fires to sit by, link to their Facebook page, with photos from last year here

TIP: For a nice break from traditional Christmas Market fare, eat at the Middle Ages Market. Last year they had loads of soups, sandwiches made from hemp bread, Irish food, among other items. 

Also recommended by a HENhaus member, the Herzogenaurach Weinachtsmarkt is from December 4- 7. More information, and the daily program in English may be found here

Nordheim (1.75 by train, 1.25 by car) 
In Franconian wine country, and only on the weekends of November 22-23 and 29-30! Recommended by a member as being well worth the trip for their " art gallery, wine tasting counter, indoor shops, and local Weihnacht Quintet". Click here for more info and directions.

Photo: Roland Berger, Wikipedia
Dating back to 1628, one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany. With 180 stands, one of the largest and most famous as well! The famous Christkind will open the Market in a ceremony at 5:30 on opening day, November 28, and make appearances throughout the Market time. Loads of traditional "Christmas Market Stuff" and more. Highlights include the stagecoach, or horse and carriage rides (info here), the Market of the Sister Cities with gift and food items from Nürnberg´s 20 sister and partner cities around the world (personal favorite), the Children´s Market Kinderweihnacht with hands on activities for kids to do, and the lantern procession where 1,500 children take to the streets, lead by the Christkind, carrying lanterns (December 11. 5:45pm this year). More info, including a plan of the many stands and the program of events can be found here.

TIP: Weekends and Opening Day are crowded. Get there early.

The Handwerkerhof (near the Hbf) is also a great place to visit during Christmas season.

Regensburg (about 1 hour)
Regensburg has several Christmas Markets to choose from from November 27 - December 23.  More information here

The Romantic Christmas Market at Schloss Thurn and Taxis was recommended by several HENhaus members. This market focuses on handmade regional crafts, and is normally less crowded than the Altstadt Market. Especially noted were the many log fires around the castle courtyard to sit by. TIP:  The Princess of Thurn und Taxis welcomes the guests from the castle balcony every night and recites the Christmas Story. The Christkind recites poems. Entry M-F €6,50 adults, weekends €8,50. Kids €2 Under 6 free

TIP: Accoding to a HENhaus member, waiting for the reduced rates (after 8pm M-F, 9 pm S-Sun) are not worth it. During those times the market is SUPER busy. 

While there, take a tour of the city. Information about regularly scheduled guided tours in English here

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (1.5 hours)
Photo: Wikipedia
One of the area´s prettiest (and most visited!) cities, with winding paths,the Rothenburg Reitleresmarkt goes from November 28- December 23 throughout the small city. More on the market, and why it´s called the Reitleresmarkt (as opposed to Weihnachtsmarkt) here in English. The town prides itself on their Schneeballs

TIP: On Fridays and Saturdays the Town Tower will be open, allowing visitors a view over the city and the magical market. 

TIP: SUPER small town, SUPER popular with tourists, not only those going as a family, but boat and bus tours that come in groups of hundreds at a time......all year round, and especially at Christmas. Allow extra time for everything. 

Vilshofen (about 2 hours)
The Schwimmender Christkindlmarkt is not only lines the river Danube, but part of it is takes place on ships ON the Danube. Friday- Sundays only, November 28 - December 14. Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 2-8 pm, Sunday, 1-8pm. 

Würzburg (1.25 hours)  

The Würzburg Market runs from November 28 - December 23 (Mon-Sat 10a - 8p, Sun 11a- 8p) in the in the upper and lower Market Squares. Over 100 stalls. 

TIP: On weekends a city tour by train is available during Advent season. €8 Adults, €6 children, about 40 minutes. 

TIP: On weekends there is a local artisan´s market at the Rathaus (10a-7:30p Saturdays, 11a- 7:30p Sundays, enter at Domstraße). You can watch local artisans create pottery, blow glass, work with iron, etc. as well as purchase hand made gifts. Entrance: free. 

These are just some of the bigger Christmas Markets in the area, or those that have been recommended. Want to find a Weihnachtsmarkt near you? Use the Christmas Market finder here (in German), just type in your zip code (PLZ).

Thursday, November 13, 2014

How to Have a North American Thanksgiving in the HENhaus area

With Thanksgiving around the corner (November 27), I thought I would round up some links to help you with your festivities!                                                                                  

How to make a pumpkin pie in Germany. Note, you can also substitute pumpkin baby food for pumpkin puree. :)

Recipe for pumpkin pie spice mix (cinnamon = Zimt, ginger = Ingwer, allspice = Piment, cloves = Nelke, nutmeg = Muskatnuss)

Cranberries - Can be found (sometimes) in Norma or Aldi(dried), Rewe, Edeka (Alterlangen), Nürnberg Karstadt, Kaufland are good places to look for fresh (November-December). Here´s a bunch of cranberry recipes. Missing the jellied kind? Make your own! Jarred Preiselbeere (IKEA) make a decent substitute.

Chestnut - Marone available everywhere (in season)

Pecans - Edeka (try Alterlangen), Real (sometimes), Karstadt Nürnberg, Edl and Denn´s Bio Markts, Kaufland, Aldi (closer to Christmas season). Expect them to be pricey.

Marshmallows - Real always has them, Karstadt, Rewe, Edeka

Turkey - Available frozen Rewe, Edeka, Kaufland (Pute or Truthahn depending on if it is male or female). Fresh at local butchers. For free range, Ulrich´s Putenhof has been recommended.

Here is a post with great suggestions for alternatives to things like Russet potatoes in Germany, though it is specifically for Berlin.

For ordering American food, see the links on the left hand side of the page for recommendations. 

Columbia Bakery (owned by an American) in Fürth is taking orders for corn bread and pies. See more about Columbia Bakery here

For Thanksgiving at a restaurant, try these:

Maurer´s Diner - Thanksgiving dinner from €29,90 per person
The Regelsbacher Inn (Regelsbach) Full Thanksgiving buffet with Turkey and all the trimmings, cranberry sauce, brussel spr.outs, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cheese cake, pumpkin pie €18,90 per person09122/8904030 for reservations.
Horserer-Rolly´s amerikanische Küche (Reichelsdorf) Pumpkin soup, turkey with sides, pecan or caramel apply pie may all be ordered ala carte or as a 3 course menu for €23,90

Thursday, October 30, 2014

November 2014 - Overview

Holidays (Federal or Bavaria specific) and Important Dates      
November 1 - Allerheiligen (All Saint´s Day) - Shops closed. See post here
November 2- Allerseelen (All Soul´s Day)
November 11 - Martin´s Tag, and the official start of the Fasching season! (not a public holiday)

Events (by no means a complete list)


November 7 - 11 Martini Kirchweih
November 8 - City walking tour for new residents (in German, English Dec. 6) 
November 9 - Open Sunday! Shops open from 1-6 pm
Through November 23 Herzo Cultural Days
November 23 Hobby and Art Market

November 13-16 Fernwen Festival Wanderlust Festival! Information  related to travel, photography, and more. More of a convention than a festival IMHO. 
November 26 - December 26 Erlangen on Ice, Erlangen´s free ice skating rink opens Schlossplatz
November 26 - December 24 Forest Christmas Market, Schlossplatz
November 26 - December 24 Historic or Middle AgesChristmas Market 
November 28 Sternen Nacht, Shops open until 11pm!


Every Thursday, City Marketing Nürnberg publishes weekend tips! 
October 24 - November 2 Gingerbread Market 
October 25- November 2 - Consumenta Bavaria´s largest consumer fair includes both information and items for sale. Fashion shows, home goods, cooking/kitchen, health         information and services, activities for kids. Over 1,000 exhibitors. Tickets from               €7,50
November 15 GPS Scavenger Hunt. €29,99
Through November 16 Circus Krone, tickets from €18,50
November 28 - December 24 Christkindlesmarkt!
November 29 Langwasser Christmas Market Heinrich-Böll-Platz
November 29 - 30 Romantic Christmas Market Gleißhammerstr. 6

October 25 - November 9 Würzburg´s Autumn Market 
November 2 Indian Festival of Lights, Fürth €6 Adults, Children under 14 free
November 7 - 9 Kofferhofmarkt, Fürth Clothes, ceramics, jewelry, crafts and more for sale!
November 8 - 9 Wine and Delicacy Fair, Fürth. Sample wine, cheese, meats, etc. from around the world. Tickets €8 per day.
November 8 Lichthöfe Bamberg Kind of hard to explain. Basically, it is exhibitions of light, be it artificial, or candle light in gardens in and around the area. Pictures from last year, which better explain it, here. Some of the 20 stops offer light food and drinks. 
November 8 - Honky Tonk Festival, Würzburg Jazz, Blues, Honky Tonk 
November 9 - Open Sunday, Bamberg (Only at ERTL shopping center)
November 16 - Fall Market, Coburg (Entry €1,50 Adults)
November 21- 30 Bach Days, Würzburg 9 days of classical music concerts
November 27- December 23 Christmas Market, Fürth (also has a Middle Ages Market)

November 29 - January 6 Bamberg´s 39 Nativity Scenes are up! Walking map of the Nativity Trail here. More info at the tourist center.

Other things to do? 

From September - April 2015 go ice skating at Nürnberg Arena!

Take a hike! Link to VGN hiking information site here (English). Combine hiking and beer with the 5 Seidla Tour (English). Hiking trails in and around Herzo here. Nature parks in the region may be found here (link in German, click on interaktiven Karte for the map). 

Head to the Frankischer Schweiz (link in English) for breweries, hiking, castles, rock climbing, canoeing and more. An interactive map of hiking trails in the Frankischer Schweiz can be found here

Take the historic train (link in English) from Forcheim to the Frankischer Schweiz (operates until October 26). Especially fun for children! 

It´s  still wine festival time! With so many wineries in the lower Franconian region there´s a festival every weekend. Check out the list (in English) here (in English). The area is about one hour from Nürnberg by train.

Kerwa (or Kirchweih) season is not over yet! Click here for a list of local festivals. Wondering what a Kerwa is? See our previous post

It´s Bockbier Anstich time! That time of year that the Bockbier kegs are tapped. Find a list of local Anstichen (the celebration the day the first keg is tapped) here

Take your own wine walk in Nürnberg (link in German, map on right hand side of page).

Sign up for a class at the Volkshochschule (page includes links to the VHS in the HENhaus area).

Explore our area´s many bike paths! (For a Nürnberg map of bike paths, click here) For other cities, start with a google search of your city´s name and Fahrradweg). Maps are available in most book stores for under €5. 

Head out to a local soccer game. Tip: For those with children with short attention spans, some clubs offer free admission for the second half.

Mundraub allows you to search your area for wild fruits/veggies/nuts. Take the kids and pick your own wild apples or pears. (link in German) 

Visit a pool or sauna- Atlantis is in Herzo, Nürnberg has many to choose from (link in    German), Bamberg has Bambados Can´t decide?  Schwimmbadcheck is an online review site for public pools, link is in English.


Produce availability in Germany is VERY seasonal. Want fresh asparagus right now? Not likely.

Want to know when to expect what (of locally grown produce)? Click here  This also includes information about when to plant what in this area of Germany.

Things cropping up (pun intended) ;)

Kale, or Grünkohl (after the first real frost)  
Rotkohl (red cabbage)       
Local Chicoree
Brussels Sprouts
Squash of all kinds! 
Salsify - how to use it here

Things to stock up on as they will go away soon! 

Local Spinach
Local Walnuts, Chestnuts

What in the world is that?

Black radish. Here´s a recipe for a salad, and a soup. and here is more on the various radisches found in Germany, as well as a few more recipes.  

Mangold  I personally like the leaves in a quiche, or sauteed with garlic and butter alone, or on pasta. The roots can be boiled and pureed like mashed potatoes, or added to soups.