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)

Herzo

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

Erlangen
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!

Nürnberg 

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

Other
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


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! 

Mangold               
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. 


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