Monday, March 24, 2014

April 2014 Overview

Holidays (Federal or Bavaria specific)       
April 13 Palm Sunday
April 18 Karfreitag (Good Friday) 
April 20 Easter Sunday
April 21 Easter Monday

Schools closed for Easter Vacation April 14-25, 2014

NOTE: Stores will be closed on Friday, Sunday, and Monday. Plan ahead. :)

Events (by no means a complete list)

April 2, HENhaus Quarterly Meeting - Ask the Expat!

April 3 - 19 Easter fountains in the Erlangen Arade (click here for a prior article on Easter Fountains) 
April 4, 13 Bohlen Platz Flea Market - The oldest in Franken
April 12-13 Kunst & Kreativmarkt - A market for DIYers. Scrapbooking, knitting supplies, beads, fabrics, etc. from around the world. Also has workshops (in German) 
April 19-27 Erlangen Spring Fest, Schloßplatz 
April 23 Bergbier tasting! Steinbach Brewery, Vierzigmannstraße 4 The traditional dark "Festbier"
April 26, 27 Entla´s Keller - Frankisch Gwerch am Berch - Music at the beer keller. 

Various dates - FREE! Film screenings in English (German subtitles) with the VHS Club International. Information and dates here.
Until April 26 - Easter in the Handwerkerhof

April 4 - 21 Nürnberg Easter Market - 80+ vendors Free to attend

April 19 - May 11 Nürnberg Frühlingsfest! (Spring Volksfest!)  Fairground at the Dutzendteich, Nürnberg - Not to be missed, if you haven´t been. The opening parade is April 11.
April 26 - 27 Nürnberg Garden Market Schweinfurter Straße/Festplatz Free to attend

April 25 City Tour 6pm with Heimatverein Herzogenaurach - Frankish food, wine, etc. Contact information here (Note: this event was listed on the city website, I was unable to verify with the club itself)
April 26 Trödelmarkt,  Weihersbachgelände
April 28 Earth Day! Parkplatz des SC Nord, Gleiwitzer Straße 16

A FULL list of Easter Markets in the area (in German) may be found here.
Until April 6 - Fürth Spring Festival (Open Sunday is March 30
April 3-7 Schweinfurt´s Fish Festival (April 6 is also Schweinfurt´s verkaufsoffenen Sunday and the shops will be open.
April 5 - May 4 Easter Egg Path, Gutzberg (12k outside of Nürnberg) Wooden rabbits guide the way on a path highlighting Easter decorations. 
April 11- 13 Green Fair, Fürth With a special emphasis on "urban gardening" (growing plants on balconies and in pots) learn all about how to grow, use, and medicinal uses of various plants. Seeds, bulbs, pots, and other supplies available for purchase. Entry €7, children free.
March 29- April 14 Würzburg Spring Market - herbs and flowers, as well as pottery and clothing....and wine! 
April 12 - May 5 - Day trip to Birkenreuth, for the well known Easter decorations and fountains
Until April 13 - Würzburg Volksfest!
April 21 Easter Egg Hunt - Hirtenmuseum, Hersbruck

April 23 Day of Beer, Bamberg - Celebrate local beer! In the pedestrian zone, local brewers will be out with their various types of beer.

Other things to do? 
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. 

Beer kellers and gardens that closed for the season begin to re-open! Try Forchheim´s famous Kellerwald (click here for map and description in German). It´s little less than 30 minutes train ride from Nberg Hbf and then a bit of a walk. 

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

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 to hoard stock up on now, as they are going away quickly!
Not a vegetable, but carp (Karpfen, a local fish) is not served again until September

Things cropping up (pun intended) ;)

Bärlauch (came early this year) post on Bärlauch here
Rhubarb (came early this year)
Red beets 
Spargel (asparagus) (Locally grown will likely come early this year!)

What in the world is that?

Bamberger Hörnla - A particular kind of potato. They are  small, and thin (no more than 2 inches diameter) and shaped like a horn. Texture and taste makes them best suited for baked potatoes or potato salad. Going away soon, but will store for months in a cool dry place. 
Useless fact? Bamberger Hörnla were German potato of the year, 2008.


Anonymous said...


I'm not on HenHaus but I wanted to let you know that Dr. Ackerman has retired (Niederndorf). His practice is now run by Dr. Katrin Lang-Speaight (her English Address and phone number are the same as before.

Mandy said...

Thanks so much for the information!