Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Erlangen (and Nürnberg?) Goes Fit- Free Fitness Classes this Summer!

Back again this year is Erlangen goes Fit! Free Yoga, Zumba, and Less Mills Body Combat courses held every Thursday through August 20 (through August 6 at Georg-Hahn-Schule, August 13, 20 Parkplatz at Michael-Vogel-Strasse).

5pm - Zumba
6pm - Yoga
7pm -  Les Mills Body Combat

No need to register, just show up!

As these courses are outdoors, classes may be cancelled due to weather. Like their page on Facebook for up to the minute information.

Nürnberg goes Fit had updated their website and FB page to indicate that they would be continuing this Summer, but there seems to be no additional information. Like their page on Facebook for updated information.

Friday, June 19, 2015

July 2015 - Overview

Holidays (Federal or Bavaria specific) and Important Dates   

School holidays 

Events (by no means a complete list)

Through end of July- various music, etc. through Borderless Culture
July 2 -12 Sommerkirchweih 
July 16 White Dinner Article and pictures from last year here. Entry €10


July 2 (and 16) Live music at Entla´s Keller
July 4 (and July 26) Flea Market, Bohlenplatz
July 5 Day of Franken, Schlossplatz 
July 5 - 6 Kirchweih, Bruck
July 9 - August 12 Schlossstrand Castle Beach open! Relax on the "beach" in the middle of the city.
July 18 - 19 Bismarck Street Festival, Bismarckstrasse Free
July 18 - 19 Kunigunden Kirchweih, Eltersdorf
July 29 Classical Music by the Lake, Dechsendorf Tickets from €35 The theme this year is "An Italian Summer Trip"
July 31- August 2 Altstadtfest, Kirchenplatz
July 31 - August 3, Alterlangen Kirchweih, near Regnitzgrund (no "real" website found)


Every Thursday, City Marketing Nürnberg publishes weekend tips! 
Until July 26 - City Beach Palm trees, pool bar, massage tent and more! 
July 4 - Pilates in the Park, Wöhrder Wiese MS Benefit 16:00- Event is in English and German, Free but donations to the Deutsche Multiple Sklerose Geselleschaft gratefully accepted. Children´s yoga/dance and picnic follow. Note: Performance Fit Pilates offers yoga, pilates and more in English. Adult ballet classes have just begun! 
July 17 - 19 Experience Organic Fair- Organic foods, wellness, cosmetics, more. Hauptmarkt. Free English broschure here. Special events for children. 
July 17 - 19 Art Street Festival,  under the THeodor-Heuss Bridge
July 26 Holi Fest Tickets from €15 here
July 26 (and August 8) Classical Open Air, classical music and wine in the park. Family concert 11am, Adults 8pm Free
July 30 - August 2 Bardentreffen Music Festival! Free
June 20 - July 4 Festungsflimmern, Würzburg Open Air movies at Fortress Marienburg €8,50 per show.
July 3-5 African Cultural Festival, Forchheim Most events free. 
July 3 - 19 Kiliani Volksfest, Würzburg 
July 9 - 12 Bavarian Jazz Weekend, Regensburg
July 10 - 12 International Samba Fest, Coburg Tickets between €12 and €20 per day depending on day. 
July 10 - 26 Knight Festival (and Market), Kaltenberg (near Munich) Largest in the world. Ticket prices vary. Link in English.
July 11-12 Little Garden Club Fest, Bamberg Get up close to the little gardens! Children´s program. Free. 
July 17 - 19 Bamberg Zaubert- Bamberg´s festival of magic! Street performers, acrobrats, fire throwers throughout the inner city. Free. Fantastic for children!

July 17 - 26 Thurn and Taxis Festival, Regensburg
July 24 - August 3 Annafest, Forchheim. More on Annafest here in English.
July 24 - 26 Old City Festival, Bad Staffelstein
July 23- 26 Canalissimo, Bamberg Festival along the old canal with an Italian flair. Free.
July 31 - August 16 Slaying the Dragon Festival, Fürth Tickets from 

Other things to do? 

Visit some of Nürnberg´s many parks. Information in English here. Information on amusement and indoor parks in Nürnberg in English here. 

Frankenkids has put together a list of family friendly beer gardens in the area. Scroll down here

KERWA SEASON! Though Kerwas or Kirchweihs can be found year round, this is the start of high season (through October). Bamberg and vicinity here. Nürnberg (PDF) here, see here for links to the websites when available. Highlights of Erlangen´s Kirchweihs and other events here. Frankischer Schweiz Kirchweihs here. Click here (see left hand side) for Franken in general.

Kletterwald (link to  Rothenberg o.d. Tauber) or climbing forests are fun for kids of all ages. Pottenstein and Bad Staffelstein are also not far away, and close enough for a day trip. Prices vary, but around €15 per child, €20 per adult for 3-4 hours.

In or around Herzo? Information on hiking paths can be found here in English.

Have you visited Forchheim? An adorable city less than 45 minutes away from Nürnberg, information in English, including a self guided tour brochure for download here. Altstadtfest is June 26 - 28 of this year. Information here.

Check out the Fränkisches Freiland Museum, Bad Windsheim - great with kids. 

Click here for a list of tours in the area in English.

Visit the Nürnberg Planetarium

Find a local Beer Keller here! My personal favorites 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.  

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

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

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

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

From April - October, take a tasting tour (in German) of Erlangen €25 

Go to a beer keller or garden!  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. 

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.