Sunday, June 29, 2014

July 2014 - Overview

Holidays (Federal or Bavaria specific)       

Events (by no means a complete list)
World Cup! (Weltmeisterschaft) Click here for the post on where to watch. Games continue until July 13. 
July 4 - 13 Summer Festival! (Sommerkirchweih) at the Am Weihersbach festival grounds.

Through August 21 - Erlangen goes fit! FREE fitness classes outdoors every Thursday. Near   Röthelheimbad
July 3 - August 8 Schlossstrand Erlangen, Erlangen´s city beach! Open daily.
July 12-13 Bismarckstrassenfest 
July 12 Ceramic Market 


Through August 13 Nürnberg goes fit FREE fitness classes for adults and children. Various days of the week, see link for schedule. 
July 6 Urbanian Run- 10k race with obstacles! €59 
July 9-13 Nürnberger Weinfest, Jakobsplatz 
July 27, Folk im Park, Marienbergpark Folk music festival

June 30 - July 6 Hofgarten Weinfest, Würzburg
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Salsa in the Park, Fürth. 
July 4- 6 Africa Culture Days, Fürth 
July 4-20 Kiliani Volksfest, Würzburg 
July 11 - 14 Altmein Winefest, Sand am Main
July 16 - 28 Hoffest am Stein- Wine Festival, Würzburg 
July 17 - 21 Schlossplatzfest Coburg, one of Coburg´s largest festivals, at the castle. 
July 18-20 Bamberg Zaubert - Bamberg´s magic festival. Main shows hows are on Maxplatz, but performers are all around the inner city, on stilts, high wires, unicycles. Great for kids and adults alike! 
July 24 - 27, Canalissimo Festival, Bamberg Music, food, etc. along the old canal. Especially beautiful at night with the lights in the river. 
July 25 - August 4- Annafest Forcheim- SUPER fun beer festival in the Forcheim Kellerwald. Wear your Dirndl! Almost half a million visitors come every year. Link in English.
Other things to do? 

Visit the city beach in Würzburg. 

Fuego Latino (Nürnberg)  has many dance classes you can try Salsa, Merengue, Bachata- with daily passes from €3-€8

Nürnberg´s Experience Park is fun for the whole family! See- touch- feel- smell Open until September 19, 2014. 

It´s 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. 

Find a local Beer Keller here! 

Pick your own berries and currants, and even asparagus! click here or here for a few places in the Nürnberg area. Check the individual websites for more information. 

Kerwa (or Kirchweih) season is here! Click here for a list of local festivals. Wondering what a Kerwa is? See our previous post

Missing the beach? Try Summer in the City in Nürnberg to hang out or play in the sand. 

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!

Things cropping up (pun intended) ;)

Local Apples

What in the world is that?

Photo: Wikipedia

Johannisbeeren, or currants. The German name comes from John the Baptist, and they are traditionally only sold after his birthday, June 24. 

BBC has compiled a list of recipes

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