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Contents: Flohmärkte | January 2012 | February | Open Stores on Sunday | Fresh
Produce Markets | Ir-/Regulars | Concerts


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Help:

    For clarity over the nature of the various fests, many are referred to as "Citizens’ Fests" and "Street Fest" in English
regardless of their actual German name. A "Citizens’ Fest" or "street fest" means there are plenty of locations where you can sit
down, relax, have some food and drink, and enjoy a bit of entertainment.
  - A "Kirwa" or also "Kirchweih" is a religious fest honouring the consecration of the (respective) church. It's usually
accompanied by a parade from or to the church, a festive church service, and a beer tent and food and drinks in the afternoon. No
musical entertainment or fun rides, though!
  - "Special Sales" indicates that the fest has been organized by local vendors who are trying to attract more customers with
special sales, entertainment, and food and beverages.
  - The "Volksfest", finally, is a travelling fun fair with fun rides, raffles, a beer tent, and a fireworks display towards the end of
the Volksfest.


    Nürnberg has a lot of events, too many to list all here. Click on this link if you’d like to look yourself.


    Another excellent overview of many large events is available here (only GE).


    Any suggestions for improving this event calendar? Please contact us!


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School Holidays in Bavaria
Below is a listing of German school holidays in Bavaria. Click here for school holidays in other German states.

27 Dec. 11 - 05 Jan. 12: Christmas break.
20 - 24 Feb. 12: Winter break.


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Flea Markets
Every Sat., 6 a.m. - 4 p.m., in 93059 Regensburg inside the building at Am Protzenweiher 27, ph 0941-82-933. The market will
not take place on German holidays.
Every first Sat. of the month:
 - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: in 92318 Neumarkt, Volksfestplatz and Jurahallen, Festplatz 1 (ca. 45 km / 28 miles west of Hohenfels).
A large selection of everything you do and don't need: toys, antiques, collectibles (coins, stamps etc.), clothes and much more.
Kids can enjoy themselves on the inflatable jumping castle during the summer months (Apr. - Oct.) - only when the weather is
good! The next couple of dates: 07 Jan. 2012. 04 Feb. 03 Mar. 07 Apr. 05 May. 02 June.
Every first Sun. of the month:
 - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Jahrmarkt in 93055 Regensburg, in front of the Globus Baumarkt (DITY store), Sulzfeldstr. 3 (next to the
Ikea and Hiendl furniture stores).


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Every second Sat. of the month, 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.: in 90443 Nürnberg, Großparkplatz (large car park) on Gugelstraße, corner
Humboldtstraße.
Every third Sun. of the month, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Trödel- & Jahrmarkt in 93073 Neutraubling (next to Regensburg), at the
"Globus" store, Pommernstraße 4
If you're used to going to the Festplatz in Weiden: the site is being renovated and cannot be used till further notice.


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Sun., 01 Jan.:
 - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Jahrmarkt in 93055 Regensburg, in front of the Globus Baumarkt (DITY store), Sulzfeldstr. 3 (next to the
Ikea and Hiendl furniture stores).
Sat., 07 Jan.:
 - 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.: in 90443 Nürnberg, Großparkplatz (large car park) on Gugelstraße, corner Humboldtstraße.
 - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: in 92318 Neumarkt, Volksfestplatz and Jurahallen, Festplatz 1 (ca. 45 km / 28 miles west of Hohenfels).
A large selection of everything you do and don't need: toys, antiques, collectibles (coins, stamps etc.), clothes and much more.
Kids can enjoy themselves on the inflatable jumping castle during the summer months (Apr. - Oct.) - only when the weather is
good! The next couple of dates: 04 Feb. 03 Mar. 07 Apr. 05 May. 02 June.
Sun., 08 Jan.:
 - 8 a.m.: in 91054 Erlangen at the large car park on Parkplatzstraße along Frankenschnellweg. Homepage (only GE).
 - no time specified: at the Autohof (service station) in 91637 Wörnitz, Bastenauer Str. 10 - 12, ph 0986-898-940 (ca. 30 km /
20 miles west of Ansbach). Homepage (only GE).
Sat., 14 Jan.:
 - 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.: in 92637 Weiden, at the Spielvereinigung ("Am Langen Steg" subdivision, near hospital).
Sat., 21 Jan.:
 - 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.: in 92224 Amberg, Dultplatz, Bruno-Hofer-Straße.
Sat., 28 Jan.:
 - 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.: in 92637 Weiden, at the Spielvereinigung ("Am Langen Steg" subdivision, near hospital).


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Sat., 04 Feb.:
 - 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.: in 92637 Weiden, at the Spielvereinigung ("Am Langen Steg" subdivision, near hospital).
 - 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.: in 91054 Erlangen on Bohlenplatz. You can also find the dates on their Homepage and on their Facebook
page (both only GE).
 - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: in 92318 Neumarkt, Volksfestplatz and Jurahallen, Festplatz 1 (ca. 45 km / 28 miles west of Hohenfels).
A large selection of everything you do and don't need: toys, antiques, collectibles (coins, stamps etc.), clothes and much more.
Kids can enjoy themselves on the inflatable jumping castle during the summer months (Apr. - Oct.) - only when the weather is
good! The next couple of dates: 03 Mar. 07 Apr. 05 May. 02 June.
Sun., 05 Feb.:
 - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Jahrmarkt in 93055 Regensburg, in front of the Globus Baumarkt (DITY store), Sulzfeldstr. 3 (next to the
Ikea and Hiendl furniture stores).
 - no time specified: at the Autohof (service station) in 91637 Wörnitz, Bastenauer Str. 10 - 12, ph 0986-898-940 (ca. 30 km /
20 miles west of Ansbach). Homepage (only GE).
Sat., 11 Feb.:
 - 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.: in 90443 Nürnberg at the Großparkplatz (large car park) on Gugelstraße, corner Humboldtstraße.
 - 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.: in 92224 Amberg, Dultplatz, Bruno-Hofer-Straße.
Sun., 12 Feb.:
 - 8 a.m.: in 91054 Erlangen at the large car park on Parkplatzstraße along Frankenschnellweg. Homepage (only GE).
Sat., 18 Feb.:
 - 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.: in 92637 Weiden, at the Spielvereinigung ("Am Langen Steg" subdivision, near hospital).


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Sat., 03 Mar.:
 - 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.: in 92637 Weiden, at the Spielvereinigung ("Am Langen Steg" subdivision, near hospital).
 - 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.: in 91054 Erlangen on Bohlenplatz. You can also find the dates on their Homepage and on their Facebook
page (both only GE).
 - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: in 92318 Neumarkt, Volksfestplatz and Jurahallen, Festplatz 1 (ca. 45 km / 28 miles west of Hohenfels).
A large selection of everything you do and don't need: toys, antiques, collectibles (coins, stamps etc.), clothes and much more.
Kids can enjoy themselves on the inflatable jumping castle during the summer months (Apr. - Oct.) - only when the weather is
good! The next couple of dates: 07 Apr. 05 May. 02 June.
Sun., 04 Mar.:
 - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Jahrmarkt in 93055 Regensburg, in front of the Globus Baumarkt (DITY store), Sulzfeldstr. 3 (next to the
Ikea and Hiendl furniture stores).
 - no time specified: at the Autohof (service station) in 91637 Wörnitz, Bastenauer Str. 10 - 12, ph 0986-898-940 (ca. 30 km /
20 miles west of Ansbach). Homepage (only GE).


All flea markets are listed here by zip code.
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Good to Know: How to Fight the Cold
Winter is just around the corner and the temperatures will soon drop to freezing. Many of you will already start to shiver at the
mere thought, but fear not - here are a few tips on how to stay warm during the cold season.
1. Adjust your attire to the current temperature. Before you leave the house, check the temperature and grab an extra
jacket if it's cold already. Temperatures can drop significantly from one day to the next, and just because one day was warm
doesn’t mean the next day will be just as warm.
2. Wear layers. Each layer of clothes will maintain the warm air around your body - the more layers, the more insulation. For
example, start with an undershirt, then a tee shirt, followed by a warm pull-over if it’s really cold outside, and a felt jacket. If you
get too warm, you can easily get rid of the jacket and the pull-over.
3. Wear an undershirt. Shunned by many for being “too unsexy”, the undershirt deserves a big comeback if you desire to stay
warm. It will snug comfortably tightly to your body and keep the inner-most layer of warmth around you, especially if the rest of
your clothes are very loose-fitting. Without an undershirt, you will lose too much of the warmth your body produces before it can
be maintained by the tee shirt (for example), and you will feel cold in spite of wearing layers.
And don’t worry about looks: no-one will see your undershirt!
4. Wear winter shoes that keep your feet warm. Tiny little Mano Blaniks might look good (depending on your taste) but
they won’t keep your feet warm when the temperatures drop to 40°F or below, and ice-cold rain or sleet is pelting against your
legs.
If you prefer to wear high-heels at your job, take them along to work to wear inside, but don sensible, insulating winter boots
while you’re outside. Sneakers won’t keep you warm either, I’m afraid.
5. Always try to keep your feet warm. Ever wondered why some people who are NOT wearing any socks complain about
having cold feet?
Exactly.
Just think of all those warm, comfortable, colourful winter socks in those big stores, eagerly waiting to caress your feet and keep
them warm. Don’t let them wait any longer! It’s all about the layer principle again, you see ;-)
6. Wear a hat. Simple but very effective! The body loses a large amount of its heat via the head, and a hat will prevent that.
But if you don’t like to wear hats, at least keep your ears protected.
7. Decide what you really want. Do you prefer to feel comfortable and warm, or would you rather wear your sexy summer
clothes during the winter season and freeze to death? It’s your choice - you now know what to do to achieve the former … ;-)


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January 2012

(26 Nov. 2011 - ) Until 06 Jan. 2012: “Krippenweg“ (Exhibition of Nativity Scenes) in 96047 Bamberg, city center /
Maximiliansplatz. During Christmas tide, Bamberg displays a unique “Krippenweg”, and exhibition of Christmas Nativity Scenes
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around the historic city center. Each display is different, and it’s a great joy to detect all the different styles. This link gives you all
the locations and addresses of the 35 stops. Bamberg even offers special guided tours every Saturday, Sunday and Holiday at 1:30
p.m., meeting point is the Tourist Information, Geyerswörthstraße 3; here you can also purchase the tickets. More info:
Bamberg Tourismus Service, ph 0951-297-6200, touristinfo@bamberg.info


(26 Dec. 11 - ) Until 08 Jan. 2012:
 - Photo Exhibition in 91567 Herrieden, at the Rathaus (town hall, link in EN), Herrnhof 10, ph 09825 8080 (ca. 13 km / 8
miles SW of Ansbach). Herrieden is a very pretty city very rich in history (in EN); always worth a visit.
 - Exhibition of Nativity Scenes in 92714 Pleystein at the Bachofnersaal, Marktplatz 13, ph 09654-1608 (ca. 25 km / 15 miles
east of Weiden). These beautiful nativity scenes have been handcrafted by local woodcarvers. The exhibition is open Mon. - Sat. 1
p.m. - 6 p.m., and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sundays and all German holidays. Admission is 2.50 Euros per adult, and 1.- Euro for
children 8 - 15 years.


(23 Sep. 2011 - ) Until 10 Feb. 2012, Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Art Exhibition: "Ausschnitte" in 91054 Erlangen at
the "Offene Tür Erlangen", Katholischer Kirchenplatz 2, ph 09131-25046. Their website give you a few impressions of the
displayed paintings. Reduced opening hours during German school holidays: only from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.


(20 Nov. 2011 - ) Until 19 Feb. 2012, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Art Exhibition: Picasso's Works in 93047 Regensburg,at the
Leerer Beutel, Bertoldstraße 9. The selected lithographies and etchings from the 40 years of his work and show the topics and
motifs that Picasso has repeatedly interpreted: antique mythology; the artist and his model; the bull and the women. All works on
display are from the Arts Museum Pablo Picasso in Münster.


(27 Nov. 2011 - ) Until 19 Feb. 2012, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Art Exhibition: Carl Spitzweg and Other Artists - "Nächtliche
Sternstunden" (Nocturnal Impressions) in 97421 Schweinfurt, at the Museum Georg Schäfer, Brückenstraße 20, ph 09721-
514-820. This exhibition combines nocturnal scenes from many artists under one roof. Apart from Carl Spitzweg, you can see
works by Caspar David Friedrich; Gustav Carus; Dahl, Blechen, Kummer, Dorner, Schwind, Richter, Schadow, Overbeck, Diez,
Hasenclever and many more.
Admission: 7.- Euros pp; children 6 - 14 pay 2.- Euros pp; children under 6 are free. A family ticket costs 12 Euros. Reduced
admision fees every first Tuesday of the month.


(17 Nov. 2011 - ) Until 17 May 2012: Art Exhibition: "Flug in den Himmel über Amberg" in 92224 Amberg, in the
foyer of the historic Rathaus = city hall on Marktplatz. Artist Ruth Welnhofer acryllic paintings show Amberg from a bird's-eye
view.
Best free parking lots are at "Auf der Wiesen", the car park behind the Kurfürstenbad (indoor swimming pool) and the Hotel
Arcadia; the other one is the park block opposite Sulzbacher Straße 5. Both parking areas are only a tiny walking distance from
Amberg's city center.


Sun., 01 Jan. 2012, 1 p.m.: Eis-Schwimmen = Ice Swimming in 91567 Herrieden (ca. 13 km / 8 miles SW of Ansbach).
Courageous young men and women will brave the icy waters of the Altmühl river. Meeting point is the sport field of the "SG
TSV/DJK" sports club, at Schießwasen 1. Herrieden itself is a very pretty city very rich in history (in EN); always worth a visit.


01 - 06 Jan. 2012: WinterMarket: "Winterzauber" in 97332 Volkach, Marktplatz = market square (ca. 17 km / 11 miles
north of Kitzingen).            A bit like an elongated Christmas market, with Glühwein, live music and entertainment.


01 - 07 Jan. 2012: 8 p.m. every day: Tour in English with the Nightwatchman in 91541 Rothenburg on Marktplatz =
Market Square. Take a walk back in time with the Nightwatchman through the romantically-lit streets of Rothenburg! Meeting
point is on Marktplatz = Market Square. Tour lasts about 60 minutes. Fee is 7.- Euros per person, payable in cash to the
Nightwatchman.




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Mon., 02 Jan. 2012: Observed New Year's Day in the U.S. (i.e., it's a holiday because the actual NYD falls on a Sunday).
All DACs and LNs will be off, and all non-mission-essential offices will be closed.
It is also Run-up-the-Flagpole-and-See-if-Anyone-Salutes Day. Really! :D



Tue., 03 Jan. 2012: Today is the important Stop Humiliation Day, and the Festival of Sleep Day. *zzzzzzz*



03 + 04 Jan. 2012: Peak nights for the Quadrantids meteor shower (produces around 40 meteors per hour). Viewing tips.


Wed., 04 Jan.: World Braille Day
World Braille Day is celebrated on the birthday of Louis Braille who invented this system in 1825. Blind or visually impaired readers feel the raised
dots pressed from behind into the paper. Experienced Braille users can read up to 100 words per minute. For comparison: seeing readers can read
between 250 and 300 words per minute. The Braille characters require much more space than a "normal" font, and the paper is much thicker,
making books and magazines written in Braille a lot heavier. Many postal services therefore transport Braille documents for free. Click here for
some more background information. There is also the cute Braille Bug ® website, which offers kids fun ways to learn about Braille.



Thu., 05 Jan. 2012, 4:30 p.m.: Warm-Up Sledge Race before the big "Hornschlitten" Race & Party in 82467
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Partenkirchen subdivision, on Kirchplatz at Ludwigstraße 46. Today is the fun warm-up sledge race
before the big "Hornschlitten" race the next day. Program: 4 p.m.: Team registration. 5 p.m.: Preliminary rounds for children
and adults. 6 p.m.: Final of the ten best teams. 7 p.m.: Award ceremony and party. Further details can be found on this PDF
Flyer and on their Homepage (only GE).


Fri., 06 Jan. 2012: Heilige Drei Könige = Epiphany = holiday. All German stores and authorities are closed.
 - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Model Train Exhibition at the Eisenbahnmuseum (Railroad Museum) in 92637 Weiden, Bahnhofstraße 28
(ca. 200 yards left of the main entrance to the train station, at the end of the freight depot). Also see their Homepage (only GE).
 - 12:30 p.m.: "Hornschlitten" Sledge Race in 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Partenkirchen subdivision, Wildenauer Straße/
access road to the Olympia Ski Stadion, then right towards "Partnachklamm". Parking available at the Olympia Ski Stadion on
Karl-und-Martin-Neuner-Platz 3.
The "Hornschlitten" sledge race has become a tradition only in 1970. Several courageous men and women take the death-
defying ride down the hill from the Partnachalm (mountain inn) all the way to the club cottage of the Hornschlitten Association
(Wildenau 3). The sleds (photos) are specially built for this event. Spectators need to be aware of the following: You must move
away from the cordoned-off areas. Please ensure you're wearing appropriate winter boots and clothes - the area is not cleared!
Children are not allowed on the immediate edge of the race track, for safety reasons. Dogs must be on a leash. Spectators must
be on site by midday. Further details can be found on this PDF Flyer and on their Homepage (only GE).
At 7 p.m. begins the "Hornschlitten-Ball" at Bayernhalle, Brauhausstraße, where the awards ceremony and party takes place.
 - 2 - 3 p.m.: Winter Swimming in theVils River in 92256 Hahnbach, bridge over the Vils (ca. 12 km / 7.5 miles south of
Vilseck). Over 70 life guards from all of Bavaria plunge into the icy Vils (only around 4°C / 39 °F "warm") to prove their readiness.
 - 5 p.m.: Festive Procession in 91278 Pottenstein (in the beautiful Fränkische Schweiz). A contemplative procession on this
holiday, where fires will be ignited on top of the hills and mountains surrounding Pottenstein.


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Trivia: Epiphany - Three Kings
Have you noticed any children walking around your town, dressed up as the Three Wise Men? Here is a bit of history on it:
Lovers of carols and Christmas parties know that this season has 12 days, packed with golden rings, calling birds and various kinds
of gentry, musicians and domestic workers. December 25 is Christmas - and 25 minus 12 does equal 13. Do the math and you
will see why shopping malls, newspapers, television networks, and other cultural fortresses annually deliver some kind of "Twelve
Days of Christmas" blitz, beginning on December 13.
Problem is that for centuries church calendars in the East and the West have agreed that there are twelve days of Christmas and
they begin on Christmas Day and end on January 6.
The twelve days of Christmas end with the Feast of Epiphany, also called "The Adoration of the Magi" or "The Manifestation of
God." Celebrated on January 6, it is known as the day of the Three Kings (or wise men / magi): Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar.

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According to an old legend based on a Bible story, these three kings saw, on the night when Christ was born, a bright star,
followed it to Bethlehem and found there the Christ child and presented it with gold, frankincense and myrrh.
January 6, the last day of Christmas, comes with its own traditions, rituals and symbols. Carolers are going from house to house;
in many homes the Christmas tree is taken down and in some areas is burnt in a big bonfire. For the children, this is an especially
joyous occasion because associated with taking down the tree goes the "plündern" (raiding) of the tree. The sweets, chocolate
ornaments wrapped in foil or cookies (which have replaced the sugarplums) are the raiders' rewards.
The history of Christmas (the festival of the nativity of Jesus Christ,) is intertwined with that of the Epiphany. The commemoration
of the Baptism, also called the Day of Lights, i.e. the Illumination of Jesus, was also known as the birthday of Jesus, because he
was believed to have been born then of the Virgin or reborn in baptism. In some records, Christmas and Epiphany were referred
to as the first and second nativity; the second being Christ's manifestation to the world.
In the fourth century, December 25 was finally adopted by the Western Christian church as the date of the Feast of Christ's birth.
It is believed that this change in date gave rise to the tradition of the "12 Days of Christmas." While the Western Christian church
celebrates December 25th, the Eastern Christian church to this day recognizes January 6 as the celebration of the nativity.
January 6 was also kept as the physical birthday in Bethlehem. In the Teutonic west, Epiphany became the Festival of the Three
Kings (i.e. the Magi), or simply Twelfth day.
On the evening before Three Kings, traditionally there were prayers, blessed dried herbs would be burnt and their aromatic smell
would fill the house. Doorways would be sprinkled with holy water and the master of the house would write with chalk C + M + B
and the year above the house and barn door and say: "Caspar, Melchior, Balthasar, behütet uns auch für dieses Jahr, vor Feuer
und vor Wassergefahr." ("CMB, protect us again this year from the dangers of fire and water.") C + M + B has traditionally been
translated with Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, however, according to the church it stands for "Christus Mansionem Benedictat"
(Christ bless this home).
The custom of the Star Singers, reminiscent of the travel of the Three Kings is still very much alive in Bavaria and Austria.
Beginning with New Year's Day and through January 6, children dressed as the kings and holding up a large star, go from door to
door, caroling and singing a Three Kings' song. For this they receive money or sweets. In the past, the collected donations went
to unemployed craftsmen and veterans, today they go to charities of the church or the Third World.


The Roman-Catholic Church also celebrates "Donations-for-Africa Day" today:
For over 100 years now, the Roman Catholic church collects special donations for Africa on 06 January. It was initiated by Pope
Leo XIII. on 06 Jan. 1891 who used the donations to support the fight against slavery in Africa. The day was chosen to honour
one of the Three Wise Men, or Magi, who represents Africa in the Catholic religion. Although there is no clear explanation on who
the African King is - all three have been associated with an African ancestry. As a matter of fact, the belief of them representing
the continents known at the time (Europe, Asia and Africa) only developed later on in time. It was in the 12th century when
people started to believe that they were kings from those continents, and that's when artists started portraying one of them as a
Black person. If you can read German, there are far more details on the German Wikipedia page.
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06 - 08 Jan. 2012: Fair: "Antique & Art" in 90478 Nürnberg, at the Meistersingerhalle, Münchener Str. 21, ph 0911-231-
8000. Nomen est omen: at this fair, you will find exquisite antiques and works of art. Admission is 6.- Euros pp, children are free.
Opening hours: Fri. 2 - 8 p.m. Sat. 1 - 7 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. The organizer can be reached at ph 0171-505-1009.


06 - 15 Jan. 2012: Bavarian Theater: "Der Mascara" in 92271 Freihung, at the Gemeindezentrum = community center,
on Amberger Straße 1 (ca. 10 km / 6 miles east of Vilseck). Performances: Fri., 06 Jan. 2012, 7 p.m. Sat., 07 Jan. 2012, 8 p.m.
  Sun., 08 Jan. 2012, 7 p.m. Sat., 14 Jan. 2012, 8 p.m. Sun., 15 Jan. 2012, 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the evening
counter. All further details are posted on their Homepage (in High German).


Sat., 07 Jan. 2012, 7 p.m. - 3 a.m.: Party: Ü-30-Party (Over 30's Party) in Diessfurt at the Sportheim on Waldstraße 2
(next to Graf but is a subdivision of 92690 Pressath; it's ca. 7 km / 4.5 miles west of Grafenwöhr). The Ü-30 parties are immensely
popular in Germany because of the great music they play.


Sun., 08 Jan. 2012:
 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Model Train Fair in 74564 Crailsheim, in the Hangar, Im Fliegerhorst 2 (ca. 50 km / 32 miles west of
Ansbach).


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You can purchase or swap model trains and accessories, and if the weather isn't too bad, the steam train will drive in front of the
hangar. A free car park is directly opposite.
 - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Street Market: Hl.-Drei-Königs-Markt in 92421 Schwandorf, all around the Marktplatz = market square
(ca. 45 km / 28 miles north of Regensburg). A bit of history: Schwandorf was granted the right to hold a market in 1299. The Hl.-
Drei-Königs-Markt (Epiphany Market) is presumed to be one of the first markets and has been held consistently since that time.
Initially, it was held on Epiphany, 06 January, but later on it was moved to the first Sunday after Epiphany.
  - 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Wedding Fair "Hochzeitswelt" in 97209 Veitshöchheim, at the Mainfrankensäle, Mainlände 1 (ca. 9 km /
5 miles NW of Würzburg). This wedding fair (video clip, page only GE) is held every year and offers everything you can dream of
for your wedding.
The location is easy to reach as it's right next to the port where the ships from Würzburg arrive. So why not take a little boat trip
from Würzburg to Veitshöchheim? The boat (only GE) departs at Würzburg's "Alter Kranen" every full hour between 10 a.m. and
5 p.m. (from Easter to end of October). Departure from Veitshöchheim "Mainlände" back to Würzburg every 20 minutes before
the full hour, starting at 10:40 a.m. (changes in the late afternoon to full hours, i.e. 4 p.m., 5 p.m., and NLT 6 p.m.). Round trip
tickets cost 9.- Euros for adults;    5.- Euros for children aged 4 - 12;   or 24.- Euros for a family ticket (parents and their
children aged 4 - 12). Closest car parks to the departure point in Würzburg are Talavera (underneath the Friedensbrücke), and
Congresszentrum (at Pleichertorstraße 5). If you have enough time, you could also visit the Rokokogarten = Rococo or Court
Garden on Echterstraße 10, ph 0931-91582 - it's right behind the location!
Just like the Eremitage in Bayreuth, the Court Garden (in EN) with its water displays, small maze and hidden little beauty spots is
more spectacular than the residence (in EN) it surrounds. Opening times: all year round until nightfall (max. 8 p.m.). Entry is
free!
Today is also Male Watching Day. The perfect day for us women! :))



Tue., 10 Jan. 2012: Today is Peculiar People Day. Spare a thought for us, please ;-D



Tue. + Wed., 10 + 11 Jan. 2012, 7:30 p.m. both days: Theater: Die Wahrheit - The Truth, in 92224 Amberg, at
the Stadttheater (city theater), Schrannenplatz 8, ph 0962-191-3-191.
A comedy about the traps of having a love affair with the wife of the lead character's best friend. But nothing is as simple as it
may seem, and through twists and turns of the plot, it becomes evident that the two couples each are masters at bluffing.
Ticket prices vary, of course, depending on your seat.
Best free parking lots are at "Auf der Wiesen", the car park behind the Kurfürstenbad (indoor swimming pool) and the Hotel
Arcadia; the other one is the park block opposite Sulzbacher Straße 5. Both parking areas are only a tiny walking distance from
Amberg's city center.


Wed., 11 Jan. 2012: Irish Dance "Gaelforce" in 91522 Ansbach, at the "Tagungszentrum Onoldia", Nürnberger Straße
32. The high quality and originality of Gaelforce Dance made it the only Irish dance production that is sponsored by the Irish
Tourist Board. They have sold out shows all over the world. Tickets cost 40 Euros and can be purchased by calling ph 0981-13756.


Thu., 12 Jan. 2012: Rossmarkt = Horse Market in 97996 Niederstetten, around the town center (ca. 60 km / 36 miles
west of Ansbach, or 55 km / 34 miles SW of Kitzingen). This is an all-day event which starts at 8 a.m. and ends very late.
Highlights:
    9 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Horses will be evaluated on Frickentalplatz.
    12:45 p.m.: Horse-drawn carriages will be evaluated at the Hallenbad (indoor swimming pool)
    1:30 p.m.: Horse Parade through the town. It begins at the Hallenbad and goes via Marktplatz, Bahnhofstraße,
Umgehungsstraße and Oberstetter Straße back to the Hallenbad.
    2:30 p.m.: Horse-drawn carriages on display in front of the Rathaus (town hall).
    3 p.m.: Brass concert in front of the Rathaus.
    7 p.m.: "After-Rossmarkt Party" at the Frickentalhalle with live music and DJs. Free entry!
In addition, there is a large outdoor market in Lange Gasse, as well as pony riding and a carousel for the kids.
Over 200 horses are expected, both warm and cold bloods. Visitors need to be prepared for many diversions and blocked roads.
Car parks are available on the outskirts of the town (sign-posted). It's only a very short walk to the center.
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Fri., 13 Jan. 2012, 8 p.m.: Chinese National Circus in 95448 Bayreuth at the Oberfrankenhalle, Am Sportpark 3, ph 0921-
251-910. Breathtaking circus arts and amazing perfection is what the Chinese National Circus is famous for. Don't miss this
chance to see a show you won't forget for a very long time! Tickets can be bought online (link only GE) or at the evening counter.
Also celebrated today: Saint Knut's Day, aka "Knutmasso", in Scandinavia. It is the last day of Christmas in Sweden and Norway. Traditionally, it's
the day when candles and decorations are taken off the Christmas tree, which is usually done in a festive atmosphere. The children are allowed to
raid the remaining candy decorations, which is another highlight of the Christmas season for them. When everything has been removed, the tree is
being thrown out of the house.
As well as being St. Knut's Day, it's also Make-Your-Dream-Come-True Day, and one of the dates listed for International Skeptics Day.



Sat., 14 Jan. 2012: Cross Country Skiing: Nordbayern Cup and Nordic Cup Championships in 92242 Hirschau, at
the Freizeitpark Monte Kaolino (only GE), Wolfgang-Droßbach-Straße 113 (ca. 14 km / 9 miles SE of Vilseck).
The competition begins at 5 p.m., and the participants will start 20 seconds apart from each other. Anyone can participate if they
are fit enough and were born in 2004 or earlier. If you want to be one of them: send a letter or an email before 11 Jan. to
Thomas Steindl, Josefstraße 34, 92242 Hirschau, ph 09622-719-495; email: thomassteindl@t-online.de. Participation fee is 2.-
Euros for Bambini; 4.- Euros for kids 8 - 15 years; and 7.- Euros for anyone older. Every participant will receive a certificate!
Parking will be sign-posted. You can also find the details on their homepage (only in GE).


Sat. + Sun., 14 + 15 Jan. 2012: Wedding Fair "Just Married" in 90471 Nürnberg, at the Messezentrum, Karl-
Schönleben-Straße, ph 0911-860-60. Entrance is at "NCC West". This is one of the largest wedding fairs in Bavaria! (Link only in
GE.) Opening hours are Sat. 1 - 6 p.m., and Sun. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. There will be two fashion shows each day


Sun., 15 Jan. 2012:
 - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Model Train and Toys Market in 90469 Nürnberg-Gartenstadt, at the Gesellschaftshaus, Buchenschlag 1.
Find new and used model trains, cars, accessories, literature and many other things at this market (only GE). It is the largest
model toy market of its kind in Franconia. You can sell here too, just contact the organizer at ph 0733-230-89989 (you'll probably
need to speak German to them, get a German friend to help you out). Upcoming markets at this locations: Sun., 26 Feb. Sun. 25
Mar. Sun. 22 Apr. Sun. 20 May. Sun., 17 June.
 - 2 - 9 p.m.: Fasching: Gardetreffen in 92334 Berching at the Europahalle, Schlesierstraße (ca. 42 km / 26 miles west of
Hohenfels). 10 different Fasching clubs will perform their award-winning dances and routines. Among them are World, Europa,
German and Bavarian champions. Admission is 4.50 Euros pp.
Also celebrated today: World Day of Migrants and Refugees in the Roman-Catholic Church. It was instituted in 1914 by Pope Pius X. as a memorial
day for all refugees and migrants, after having seen the atrocities of World War I. It is a supplement to the World Refugee Day, held on 20 June.



Mon., 16 Jan. 2012: Today is Martin Luther King Day, a Federal U.S. holiday. All DACs and LNs will be off, and all non-
mission-essential offices will closed.
It is also National Nothing Day. There just had to be one! :DD



Tue., 17 Jan. 2012: Today is Ditch New Year's Resolutions Day. This is your day if you haven't already done so!



Wed., 18 Jan. 2012: World Day of Snowmen. It is always celebrated on 18 January because the 8 is a symbol for a snowman's figure, and the 1
represents the sticks or brooms he often holds in front of him. The day is intended for various projects, be they environmental protection, children
activities, social or charity projects, or simply to have fun. You can read up or share your own projects on this site (forgive the not-always-perfect
translation into English)



20 - 29 Jan. 2012: Grüne Woche / Green Week in 14055 Berlin, Messegelände, Messedamm 22
Open daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tickets (EN) cost 12.- Euros pp, special fares available (see link).
The International Green Week (IGW, link in EN) is a one-of-a-kind international exhibition for the food, agricultural, and
horticultural industries. Established in 1926, it will take place for the 76th time in 2011. Exhibitors often organize around national,
regional, or product themes. Presentations feature fresh produce, fish, meats, and dairy products. These combine with a vast
selection of international wine, beer, and spirits specialties, to satisfy every culinary palate. Right in line with consumer trends, the
IGW also includes direct agricultural sales and the BIO MARKT organic products section.
The IGW also features commercial and non-commercial agricultural, forestry, and landscaping exhibits (only GE). Changing
annual themes typically include such topics as renewable resources or scientific livestock breeding and production.
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Due to the volume of traffic and limited parking spaces, it is strongly recommended you use the excellent public transport system
(EN) for your travel to and in Berlin.


Sat., 21 Jan. 2012: Today is Welt-Knuddel-Tag / National Hugging Day. Awwwww!
The idea is a brainchild of Kevin Zaborney and first began in the city of Caro (Michigan); it has now been established in the USA, Canada, the UK,
Australia, Germany and Poland. The date was chosen because it's right between Christmas and Valentine's Day. And it's often cold, too! So don't
hesitate, give your loved ones a lovely cuddle today!



21 + 22 Jan. 2012: Dog Agility Tournament at the Gut Matheshof / Ostbayernhalle in Kreuth 2, part of 92286 Rieden;
ph 09624-9190 (ca. 25 km / 16 miles NW of Hohenfels). In the Agility Tournament (only GE, see "Seite 2" for a video clip), dogs
need to master a fun parcours together with their owners. Watch and see who will be more exhausted, the dog or the owner.


Mon, 23 Jan. 2012: “Pfeifer-Jahrtag” (Fasching Party) in Töging, town center (part of 92345 Dietfurt, ca. 35 km / 22
miles SW of Hohenfels). This day is one of the most important days of the Fasching season in Töging - especially for the kids -,
and dates back to 1722 when a new "fraternity" was founded. After a church service in the morning, people celebrate Fasching
out on the streets. Here, the "Schecken" come into action: wild gestalts with wooden masks, rough clothes, and scourges roam
the streets. They chase after the village kids who run away screaming, and smear their faces with soot when they catch them.
Only the sound of the church bells will put a stop to this fun, but the party continues in the locales until the early morning hours.


Tue., 24 Jan. 2012: Today is Compliment Day.


Wed., 25 Jan. 2012: Today is Burns Supper. From Wikipedia: "A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns,
author of many Scots poems. The suppers are normally held on or near the poet's birthday, 25 January, sometimes also known as Robert Burns
Day or Burns Night (Burns Nicht), although they may in principle be held at any time of the year." The BBC give you a lot of helpful hints on how
to celebrate it properly.
It is also Opposite Day. How confusing. Or do I really mean that?



Wed. + Thu., 25 + 26 Jan. 2012, 7:30 p.m. both days: Musical Theater: Der Blaue Engel - The Blue Angel, in
92224 Amberg, at the Stadttheater (city theater), Schrannenplatz 8, ph 0962-191-3-191.
The story is most famous in the film adaptation (EN) with Marlene Dietrich, and has now been allowed to be performed on stage.
Ticket prices vary, of course, depending on your seat.
Best free parking lots are at "Auf der Wiesen", the car park behind the Kurfürstenbad (indoor swimming pool) and the Hotel
Arcadia; the other one is the park block opposite Sulzbacher Straße 5. Both parking areas are only a tiny walking distance from
Amberg's city center.


Thu., 26 Jan. 2012: Today is Spouses Day. Show how much you appreciate your other half.



Fri., 27 Jan.: International Holocaust Remembrance Day. From Wikipedia: "It is the first universal memorial day for the victims of the Holocaust.
[..] January 27 is the date, in 1945, when the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau (Poland), was liberated by Soviet troops." The
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has already announced the theme for the 2012 campaign, "Speak Up, Speak Out".



27 Jan. - 02 Feb., 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Street Market: Lichtmess-Markt in 91054 Erlangen on Schlossplatz.
A typical street market with all kinds of kitchenwares, clothes and brics-a-brac
Did you know that the dates for the street markets in Protestant Erlangen were initially chosen based on Catholic holidays
honoring the Virgin Mary (Candlemas / Assumption of Mary)? In the surrounding Catholic provinces, all shops (or markets) were
closed and farming activities other than milking cows or similar unavoidable things were also forbidden. So the Catholic farmers
had a lot of free time on their hands to go shopping, for example. Therefore the smart Erlangen citizens held their markets on
those holidays they were not celebrating, thus attracting a much larger crowd and increasing business!
Nowadays, the Catholic holidays and the market days don't necessarily match anymore.
Reduced opening hours on Sun, 29 Jan.: only from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.




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27 Jan. - 26 Feb.: Exhibition: "Eine Oase des Friedens", in honour of the Auschwitz Memorial Day in 91522
Ansbach, at the Church of St. Gumbertus (Lutheran church), on Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Platz / corner Montgelasplatz.


Sat., 28 Jan. 2012, 8 p.m.: "Kneipenjagd" = Pub Festival in 91541 Rothenburg, various locations
Pub Festivals which are held in nearly every city in Germany now, are a great opportunity to see many local bands without having
to worry about admission. You buy ONE ticket and have access to all participating pubs. In Rothenburg, you can buy your tickets
either at the respective pubs (either in advance or on the day of the festival), or at the Tourist Info, ph 09861-404-800. Tickets
cost 10.- Euros per person. Please click on this link to see the whole program; the link is only in GE but tells you the location, the
time and the band. Even if you don't speak German nor have a German friend who can help you, you can gleen a few more details
under "mehr Infos", like what type of music the bands are playing. If the 14 bands still aren't enough, go to the After Show Party
at the "Ballhaus Forum" where DJ Haenzy will keep you on your feet from 11 p.m. on!
Also celebrated today: Data Protection Day. From the Council of Europe Data Protection homepage: "The aim of the Data Protection Day is to give
European citizens the chance to understand what personal data is collected and processed about them and why, and what their rights are with
respect to this processing."
It is also Fun at Work Day. Wheeeeeee!



Sun., 29 Jan. 2012, 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Wedding Fair in 91301 Forchheim at the Jahn-Kulturhalle, Friedrich-Ludwig-
Jahn-Straße 10 (ca. 25 km / 15.5 miles south of Bamberg). Considered by many to be the "most beautiful wedding fair in
Franconia", it offers the latest dresses, outfits and accessories from over 55 vendors. Throughout the day, you can watch catwalk
shows, performances, take part in raffles and purchase numerous articles on sale. The organizer's homepage has plenty of photos
from previous wedding fairs if you want to have a look (only in German).
Also celebrated today: World Leprosy Day. World Leprosy Day was created in 1954 by Raoul Follereau “so that people affected by leprosy could be
cared for like all others who are ill and so that that those in good health could be cured of their absurd and often criminal fear of this disease and
those who are affected by it”. Find out more about the facts here, and what you can do to help.


Mon., 30 Jan. 2012: Today is National Inane Answering Message Day. Yup!
Definition: empty; insubstantial; lacking significance, meaning, or point.



Tue. 31 Jan. 2012: Today is Backward Day. Especially popular among school-aged kids.



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February 2012

Click here for a listing of special days in February. Apart from being known for Black History Month and American History Month,
February also celebrates Creative Romance Month, Be-Kind-to-Your-Pet Month, and International Friendship Month. In addition,
you can enjoy the International Flirting Week third week of February.


(27 Jan. - ) Until 02 Feb., 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Street Market: Lichtmess-Markt in 91054 Erlangen on Schlossplatz.
A typical street market with all kinds of kitchenwares, clothes and brics-a-brac
Did you know that the dates for the street markets in Protestant Erlangen were initially chosen based on Catholic holidays
honoring the Virgin Mary (Candlemas / Assumption of Mary)? In the surrounding Catholic provinces, all shops (or markets) were
closed and farming activities other than milking cows or similar unavoidable things were also forbidden. So the Catholic farmers
had a lot of free time on their hands to go shopping, for example. Therefore the smart Erlangen citizens held their markets on
those holidays they were not celebrating, thus attracting a much larger crowd and increasing business!
Nowadays, the Catholic holidays and the market days don't necessarily match anymore.
Reduced opening hours on Sun, 29 Jan.: only from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


(23 Sep. 2011 - ) Until 10 Feb. 2012, Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Art Exhibition: "Ausschnitte" in 91054 Erlangen at
the "Offene Tür Erlangen", Katholischer Kirchenplatz 2, ph 09131-25046. Their website give you a few impressions of the
displayed paintings. Reduced opening hours during German school holidays: only from 2 - 6 p.m.


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(20 Nov. 2011 - ) Until 19 Feb. 2012, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Art Exhibition: Picasso's Works in 93047 Regensburg,at the
Leerer Beutel, Bertoldstraße 9. The selected lithographies and etchings from the 40 years of his work and show the topics and
motifs that Picasso has repeatedly interpreted: antique mythology; the artist and his model; the bull and the women. All works on
display are from the Arts Museum Pablo Picasso in Münster.


(27 Nov. 2011 - ) Until 19 Feb. 2012, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Art Exhibition: Carl Spitzweg and Other Artists - "Nächtliche
Sternstunden" (Nocturnal Impressions) in 97421 Schweinfurt, at the Museum Georg Schäfer, Brückenstraße 20, ph 09721-
514-820. This exhibition combines nocturnal scenes from many artists under one roof. Apart from Carl Spitzweg, you can see
works by Caspar David Friedrich; Gustav Carus; Dahl, Blechen, Kummer, Dorner, Schwind, Richter, Schadow, Overbeck, Diez,
Hasenclever and many more.
Admission: 7.- Euros pp; children 6 - 14 pay 2.- Euros pp; children under 6 are free. A family ticket costs 12 Euros. Reduced
admision fees every first Tuesday of the month.


(27 Jan. - ) Until 26 Feb.: Exhibition: "Eine Oase des Friedens", in honour of the Auschwitz Memorial Day in 91522
Ansbach, at the Church of St. Gumbertus (Lutheran church), on Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Platz / corner Montgelasplatz.


(17 Nov. 2011 - ) Until 17 May 2012: Art Exhibition: "Flug in den Himmel über Amberg" in 92224 Amberg, in the
foyer of the historic Rathaus = city hall on Marktplatz. Artist Ruth Welnhofer acryllic paintings show Amberg from a bird's-eye
view. Best free parking lots are at "Auf der Wiesen", the car park behind the Kurfürstenbad (indoor swimming pool) and the Hotel
Arcadia; the other one is the park block opposite Sulzbacher Straße 5. Both parking areas are only a tiny walking distance from
Amberg's city center.


Wed., 01 Feb.: Today is National Freedom Day, celebrating freedom from slavery and overall freedom in America.



Thu., 02 Feb., no time specified: Street Market: Lichtmess-Markt in 90518 Altdorf, on and around Oberer and Unterer
Markt (ca. 25 km / 15 miles east of Nürnberg). The nearly 60 stalls offer anything you need: household wares, bric-a-bracs, toys,
clothes, cleaning items, and of course there will be plenty of food and drink.
Also celebrated today: Maria Lichtmess (Candlemas) and Groundhog Day. Shadow or not, winter will officially end on 20 March.
World Wetlands Day. From Wikipedia: "Each year, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the
community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits in
general and the Ramsar Convention in particular." For a more detailed synopsis, click here.



02 - 05 Feb.: Street Market: Lichtmess-Markt in 95448 Bayreuth, Maximilianstraße.


Fri., 03 Feb.: Today is The Day the Music Died. It commemorates the untimely deaths of singers Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper
who all died in an airplane crash on February 3, 1959.



03 - 05 Feb.: Country Music Fair in 10243 Berlin, at the Postbahnhof (part of the Ostbahnhof = Train Station East), on
Strasse der Pariser Kommune 8. Three days of Country Music Madness! The performers have not been announced online yet but
you will find them listed here - in English! Of course you will also be able to buy all the clothes and accessories you need at the
fair. Click here for some photos from previous events (in EN). They even provide a list of near-by hotels (in EN) but of course
you're not obliged to use them, you can find your own.
But if Berlin is too far away for you, maybe you want to wait for the one in Nürnberg. The dates haven't been released yet but it
will probably take place in October.


Sat., 04 Feb.: World Cancer Day. Every year on February 4th, campaigns will run all over the world to raise awareness for a disease that causes
millions of deaths every year, many of which could have been prevented. Find out more about cancer prevention here.
It is also Thank-a-Mailman Day. Show them how much you appreciate their services!




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Sun., 05 Feb.: It's SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!!
 - 1 p.m.: Street Market and Open Stores on Sunday in 91275 Auerbach, all around the city center (ca. 26 km / 16 miles
NW of Vilseck).
 - no time specified: Street Market: Lichtmess-Jahrmarkt in 92318 Neumarkt, Volksfestplatz, Festplatz 1 (ca. 45 km / 28
miles west of Hohenfels). No further details online.
 - no time specified: Street Market: Lichtmess-Jahrmarkt in 92237 Sulzbach-Rosenberg (ca. 20 km / 12.5 miles south of
Vilseck).


05 Feb. - 18 Mar.: Art Exhibition: "Ent-Ortet" in 92421 Schwandorf, at the "Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus" at Fronberger Str.
31; ph 09431-9716 (ca. 45 km / 28 miles north of Regensburg). The artist, Maria Maier, combines photography and painting to
uncover any deeper layers of reality and to activate the viewer's imagination.
Open every Wed. and Thu. midday - 6 p.m., and every Sun. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Mon., 06 Feb.: International Day Against Female Genital Mutilation. The practice is still a serious problem in many regions, fuelled by tradition
and, if not performed, social outcasting. Only educating the locals, with the help of their religious leaders and other respected figures of authority,
can bring change and end this practice. Here's how you can help.



Tue., 07 Feb.: Today is Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day is organized by Insafe each year in February to promote safer and more
responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. In 2012, the theme will
be "Connecting Generations and Educating Each Other".
It is also Wave-All-Your-Fingers-at-Your-Neighbour Day. Say Hello to your neighbour - but: on this very important day *wink*, you must wave with
all of your fingers!



Wed., 08 Feb., 8 a.m.: Rossmarkt = Horse Market in 92334 Berching, Altstadt (ca. 42 km / 26 miles west of Hohenfels)
The Rossmarkt in Berching is a long-standing tradition and has become a Winter Volksfest of sort. Every year on the Wednesday
after Candlemas, over 150 horses are driven to the medieval town center in the early morning hours (i.e. at around 9 a.m.) with
the intent to show and eventually sell them to potential buyers. Thousands of visitors come by to witness this spectacle and
admire not only the beautiful horses and carriages, but also enjoy the market activities surrounding the event.
The Rossmarkt dates back to the year 1722. In those days the horses weren’t sold, though, but instead had to be checked by the
veterinarian for contagious diseases.


Wed. + Thu., 08 + 09 Feb., 7:30 p.m. both days: Musical: Blue Jeans, in 92224 Amberg, at the Stadttheater (city
theater), Schrannenplatz 8, ph 0962-191-3-191.
A family in a small German city in the 1950s experiences the revolution that came with the daughter's love for Rock'n'Roll and blue
jeans, and opens to a new way of thinking. Ticket prices vary, of course, depending on your seat.
Best free parking lots are at "Auf der Wiesen", the car park behind the Kurfürstenbad (indoor swimming pool) and the Hotel
Arcadia; the other one is the park block opposite Sulzbacher Straße 5. Both parking areas are only a tiny walking distance from
Amberg's city center.


Sat., 11 Feb., no time specified: Fasching Parade in 92676 Eschenbach through the city center (ca. 8 km / 5 miles NW of
Grafenwöhr).
Also celebrated today: Make-a-Friend Day. You can never have too many of those, right? ;)
And World Day of the Sick. It was initiated by Pope John Paul II. after he'd been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.



Sat. + Sun., 11 + 12 Feb.: Wedding Fair "Just Married" in 90478 Nürnberg, at the Meistersingerhalle, Münchener Str.
21, ph 0911-231-8000. This is one of the largest wedding fairs in Bavaria! (Link only in GE.) Opening hours are Sat. 1 - 6 p.m.,
and Sun. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. There will be two fashion shows each day


Sun., 12 Feb., 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Street Market and Open Stores on Sunday: Lichtmess-Markt in 91257 Pegnitz,
Hauptstraße / Innenstadt = inner city.


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 - 1 - 6 p.m.: Wedding Fair "Hochzeitswelt" in 96047 Bamberg, Kongress- und Konzert-Halle, Mußstr. 1, ph 0951-964-7200.
This wedding fair (video clip, page only GE) is held every year and offers everything you can dream of for your wedding. Don't
miss the big wedding fashion show at 3 p.m.!
Also celebrated today: International Darwin Day and Red Hand Day. Red Hand Day is a global campaign against using child soldiers.


Mon., 13 Feb.: Today is Clean Out Your Computer Day (every second Monday in Feb.). But be thorough and not only logically review and delete
old files and programs; also actually clean your computer, especially the keyboard!



Tue., 14 Feb.: Today is Valentine's Day. It's always difficult to come up with creative ways to celebrate this day, the internet
offers many (clean) ideas: try here, here or here, for example; but there are many more.


Wed., 15 Feb.: Today is Singles Awareness Day, always celebrated the day after Valentine's Day. Spare us a thought, too!



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Trivia: Fasching - Carnival
And what, you might ask, is the history of Fasching, or Karneval as Germans further north (and the English-speaking world) call it?
The word "Fasching" is thought to derive from the Middle High German "vaschanc" which means "Ausschenken des Fastentrunkes"
(serving of the Lenting drink), while there are two versions of the origin of "Karneval": one theory traces the origins of the word
back to the Italian "carni vale", which refers to the ban of eating meat during Lent.
The other theory also goes back to Italy: Every year in spring, when ships were allowed to move again, the citizens of Venice
celebrated this fact with costumes and a parade. A "ship on wheels" ("Carrus Navalis") was at the center of this parade. From
Venice, the idea of celebration made its way to the court of the Medici's in Florence, then from Italy the festivities (and the
expression "carnival") traveled to France and then to Germany (and the rest of the world).
Mythological background: In Pagan belief, the personified seasons Summer and Winter fought each other every beginning of the
year as to who would reign for the rest of the year. During these fights, evil spirits, death, and the unsteady souls of the
deceased would rise, and people tried to prevent this by imitating the looks and the behaviour of these dark apparitions. Wild
jumps and loud noises as well as the scary costumes donned by the locals were meant to scare off evil spirits. The fight between
Summer and Winter (and Life and Death) would always end on Ash Wednesday.
Therefore Fasching/Karneval ends on Aschermittwoch (Ash Wednesday). Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. In the rituals of
the Catholic Church, the ashes of the palm fronds from the Palm Sunday of the previous year are consecrated and applied to the
churchgoers´ foreheads in the form of a cross as a sign of their mortality. France is the original source of the "Artists' Ash
Wednesday", which has become popular through television broadcasts with its religious service with readings and musical
performances (also taking place in Vienna and Innsbruck, Austria).
Outside the church, Ash Wednesday is emphasized as the end of the Fasching season (if you open the link, you can find some
more information about Fasching) and features individual traditions such as:
  - the "Heringsschmaus" meal (a herring and mayonnaise salad), the culinary refinement of which hardly reminds us of its
original meaning (fish as a food for the Lenten Fast);
  - the "Faschingbegraben", a custom in which the carnival season is symbolically buried or drowned.
  - In some areas the Fasching is also burnt: a straw puppet that usually had been on display at a guesthouse is burnt in public.
  - Another custom is the "Geldbeutelwaschen", the washing of one's wallet on Ash Wednesday: The wallet has lost so much
money during Fasching that people go down to a river or a pond or fountain. Then a "Gaudibursch" holds a speech saying that all
money has been "guzzled away" and the wallet is empty now; therefore it should be "washed out" so that "better" money could
replace the old money. The Geldbeutelwaschen can most famously be seen in Munich at the Fischbrunnen (at the Marktplatz):
here the Lord Mayor of Munich washes his wallet every year to ask for more money for his city's empty treasury.
A special day during the Fasching season is “Weiberfasching” (Women’s Carnival Day) on Thursday, 15 Feb. This is the day when
from early in the morning on, the streets are alive with ladies in fancy dresses on their way to their place of work or to the shops,
and from 10.00 a.m. they all usually head towards the town center or town hall to “take over the city”! It is also the day when
traditionally, women cut off all men’s ties they can get a hold off.
On this day women assume complete power for the day. Any man foolish enough to wear a tie on this day runs the risk of having
it cut off just below the knot. In the evening countless parties and masked balls are held and men are, of course welcome to join
the celebrations provided they foot the bill for all the women’s drinks.
If you’re interested in the customs of Fasching, you can find lots of information in English here and here.
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With the "Mad Days" (= Fasching / Carnival) reaching their peak, please be aware of traffic diversions,
parking restrictions, and a slower-paced traffic flow in the various towns. Also, there is a chance that
smaller stores will be closed coming Monday and/or Tuesday afternoon.


Thu., 16 Feb.: Today is Do-a-Grouch-a-Favour Day. Humbug! And it's Weiberfasching (aka Unsinniger Donnerstag)!
   - 1:61 (!) p.m.: Chinese Fasching in 92345 Dietfurt, city center (ca. 35 km / 22 miles SW of Hohenfels)
“A Chinese Carnival??” you might ask. Here's an explanatory article that can be found on Dietfurt's homepage:
"Did you know that there is a real "Chinese Empire" in Bavaria? Many of you have never heard of it and will probably wonder what
it’s all about. Well, this "Chinese Empire" is in fact our little town, Dietfurt on the Altmühl river, the "Town of the Seven Valleys", as
we call it. Our nickname "the Chinese" has a historic origin: Our ancestors used to hide behind their strong city wall (as did the
Chinese behind their famous wall) not letting in any strangers, not even the Official Receiver of the Bishops. So in a complaint, the
bishop’s assistant called the citizens of Dietfurt “Chinese”.
As a result of this nickname, a traditional Fasching parade with lots of Chinese costumes is celebrated every year, always taking
place on the last Thursday of the Fasching season, on the so-called "Mad Thursday". After the parade, people in colorful fancy
dress enjoy a long night out extending into the early hours of next morning.
In 1996, a delegation from Dietfurt had been invited by the Peking TV station BTV. The following year the Dietfurt carnival was
visited by a high ranking delegation from Peking. Deng Xingzhou, the leader of the delegation and second chairman of the Board
for International Culture Exchange, proposed a partnership between Peking and Dietfurt.
 - 2 p.m.: Fasching Tradition "Fasenickl" in 85110 Kipfenberg, all around the Marktplatz = Market Place (near Ingolstadt; ca.
70 km / 43 miles SE of Nürnberg). The Fasenickl (only GE) is the typical Fasching character in the Kipfenberg / Kinding / Enkering
area. He wears a very unique costume with a face mask, and is known for his traditions of cracking whips ("schnalzeln") and gving
out Brezen (soft pretzels) and Guatln (sweets). The origins of this character are not completely clear. Always on Unsinniger
Donnerstag, they "invade" the Marktplatz and start a Schnalzl competition.
 - 8 p.m.: Fasching Disco in 92334 Berching at the "Brauerei Gasthof Winkler" (ca. 42 km / 26 miles west of Hohenfels). Don
your costume and get dancing!


16 - 21 Feb.: Fasching Party "Six Crazy Days = Sechs tolle Tage" in 95448 Bayreuth, on Marktplatz along Maximilianstraße.
Carnival madness all around Bayreuth's historical city center! Why not dress up in a costume yourself and join the fun? Plenty of
booths offer food and drinks. Highlight is a Fasching parade on Sun., 19 Feb.
Best location to park is in the parking block of the Rotmain-Center (shopping center) on Hohenzollernring 58. Cross the road via
the little bridge to access the Rotmain-Center, pass through it (also gives you some great shopping opportunities), exit at the main
entrance and cross the road to enter the Altstadt. Or just follow the crowds.


Fri., 17 Feb.: .
 - 5 p.m.: Fasching Parade in 91171 Greding around the Marktplatz (ca. 55 km / 34 miles west of Hohenfels).
It is also is Random-Acts-of-Kindness Day.



Fri. - Sun., 17 - 19 Feb., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on all three days: International Motorcycle Show (IMOT) in 80939
München-Freimann, in the Munich Order Center (M.O.C.) at Lilienthalallee 40, ph 089-323-530. Due to VERY restricted parking, it
is highly recommended you park your car or motorcycle at the "Parkhaus P3" (parking block P3) at the nearby "Allianz Arena"
(soccer stadium), and use the IMOT shuttle bus from there. Follow the signs "IMOT-Parken" from the Autobahn to the parking
block.
The vendors present at this show will be announced on 01 Feb. on the IMOT homepage (link only in GE). Click here for photos
from 2011. Admission is 12.- Euros pp. Children 12 - 18 pay 4.- Euros, children under 12 are free. From 4:30 p.m. on, the price is
reduced to 5.- Euros pp.


Sat. + Sun., 18 + 19 Feb., 7:30 p.m. both days: Theater: Licht im Dunkel = The Miracle Worker, in 92224 Amberg,
at the Stadttheater (city theater), Schrannenplatz 8, ph 0962-191-3-191.
This is William Gibson's famous play (in EN) about the life of Helen Keller, who was deaf and blind, and the influence her teacher
Anne Sullivan had on her. Ticket prices vary, of course, depending on your seat.
Best free parking lots are at "Auf der Wiesen", the car park behind the Kurfürstenbad (indoor swimming pool) and the Hotel
Arcadia; the other one is the park block opposite Sulzbacher Straße 5. Both parking areas are only a tiny walking distance from
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Sun., 19 Feb.:
 - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Model Car Exchange in 90473 Nürnberg, at the Gemeinschaftshaus, Glogauer Str. 50, ph 0911-9898-763.
Free entry! The Modell-Auto-Club Franken (only GE but links to photos) holds regular exchanges four times a year. Entry is free!
 - 1 p.m.: Fasching Parade through 91171 Obermässing (ca. 55 km / 34 miles west of Hohenfels). Followed by a "Dorflitanei"
where a funny satirical look back is cast on the goings-on in the village.
  - 1:30 p.m.: Fasching Parade and Party in 85125 Kinding, Stadtmitte = inner city (ca. 62 km / 38 miles SE of Nürnberg). The
traditional Fasenickl (only GE) will feature here too - see explanation on 19 Feb. After the parade, the party will continue in the
Stadtmitte and surrounding pubs and guest houses.
 - 2 p.m.: Fasching Parade in 92660 Neustadt a.d. Waldnaab, on and around Stadtplatz. This Neustadt is just north of
Weiden. The parade in little Neustadt is one of the biggest in Northern Bavaria. Come and join the fun!
 - 2 p.m.: Fasching Parade in 92286 Rieden, around the city center (ca. 26 km / 16 miles north of Hohenfels).
 - 2 p.m.: Fasching Parade in 92355 Velburg in the town center (ca. 18 km / 11 miles west of Hohenfels).
 - 2 p.m.: Big Fasching Parade and Party in 92334 Berching, on and around Reichenauplatz (ca. 42 km / 26 miles west of
Hohenfels). The party goes on until late at night (then usually inside the guest houses).
 - 2 p.m.: Fasching Parade in 92253 Schnaittenbach (ca. 27 km / 17 miles south of Grafenwöhr). After the parade, joing the
"Narren" for a crazy party in the inner courtyard of the Rathaus (town hall).
 - 2 p.m.: Fasching Parade in 96114 Hirschaid (ca. 15 km / 9.5 miles SE of Bamberg). The parade starts in Sassanfahrt (just
SW of Hirschaid) and goes into Hirschaid's town center / Rathausstraße and Bamberger Straße.
 - 2 p.m.: Fasching Parade in Töging (part of 92345 Dietfurt, ca. 35 km / 22 miles SW of Hohenfels).
 - 2 p.m.: Fasching Parade in Lupburg (subdivision of 92331 Parsberg, ca. 13 km / 8 miles SW of Hohenfels).
 - 2 - 4 p.m.: Fasching Parade in 85095 Denkendorf, on and around Hauptstraße (ca. 70 km / 45 miles SE of Nürnberg).
Denkendorf might be a small town but it puts out one of the biggest Fasching parades in Bavaria! Over 40 floats and more than
10,000 visitors are expected. And of course the Fasenickl (only GE, see explanation under 16 Feb.) will make an appearance too.
 - 2 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.: Fasching Parade and Party in 92363 Breitenbrunn on and around the Marktplatz = market place (ca. 27
km / 17 miles SW of Hohenfels).


Mon., 20 Feb.: Today is Washington's Birthday aka Presidents Day, a federal U.S. holiday. All DACs and LNs will be off, and
all non-mission-essential offices on-post will be closed.
 - 1:30 p.m.: Fasching Parade and Party in Enkering, all around the town center (subdivision of 85125 Kinding, ca. 60 km / 37
miles SE of Nürnberg). The Fasenickl (only GE, see explanation under 16 Feb.) will be there too!
It is also Faschingsmontag = Pancake Monday or Shrove / Merry Monday. And Love-Your-Pet Day. Be a responsible person and take good care of
your pet. Before you get a pet, think it through whether you really are able to give it as much time, love and care as it deserves and needs. They
are living, breathing animals, and they need a lot more than just daily feeding.
More seriously, it's World Day of Social Justice. The UN General Assembly proclaimed 20 February as World Day of Social Justice in 2007, inviting
Member States to devote the day to promoting national activities. Those should support efforts of the international community in poverty
eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.
And it is Love-Your-Pet Day. Be a responsible person and take good care of your pet. Before you get a pet, think it through whether you really are
able to give it as much time, love and care as it deserves and needs. They are living, breathing animals, and they need a lot more than just daily
feeding.



Tue., 21 Feb.: Today is Faschingsdienstag = Fat / Shrove / Pancake Tuesday (see bottom of this paragraph).
 - 1:30 - 10:30 p.m.: Fasching Party in 91074 Herzogenaurach, Marktplatz (ca. 30 km / 20 miles NW of Nürnberg). Live music
with "Die Nachtschicht", tons of food and sweets, and a parade complete this mad party.
 - 1:30 p.m.: Large Fasching Parade in 85110 Kipfenberg, all around the Marktplatz = Market Place (near Ingolstadt; ca. 70
km / 43 miles SE of Nürnberg). Again, the traditional Fasenickl (only GE, see explanation under 16 Feb.) will feature.
 - 2 p.m.: Fasching Party in 91275 Auerbach on Oberer Markt (ca. 26 km / 16 miles NW of Vilseck).
 - 2 p.m.: Fasching Parade and Party in 91171 Greding's Altstadt (ca. 55 km / 34 miles west of Hohenfels).




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 - 3 - 10 p.m.: Haberfeldtreiben und Kehraus (local Fasching tradition and party) in 92363 Breitenbrunn, Marktplatz = market
place (ca. 27 km / 17 miles SW of Hohenfels). With a mocking speech about everything that's gone wrong last year in
Breitenbrunn. After that, "wild men" will chase the "sinners" into the "Haberfeld".
  - 7 p.m.: Fasching Kehraus = burial of Fasching in 92345 Dietfurt, inner city (ca. 35 km / 22 miles SW of Hohenfels). In
Dietfurt, the Kehraus has its own history: for fourty (!) years, until 1961, barber Xaver Tischler ended Fasching in a funny and
original way. In the early evening hours, he would dress up as a "Leichbitterin" and walk from inn to inn to invite all carnivalists to
the burial of Fasching. [In the days of old, a "Leichbitterin" (only GE) was a woman (no men) who would walk from house to
house to inform the residents of the deceased person's name and the day of his or her funeral service; for this information she
would receive 50 Pfennig.] Xaver Tischler would re-appear just before midnight, this time dressed up as the nightwatchman, to
personally "blow out" and bury the madness of Fasching.
Still today, a "Klageweib" (Keener), played by a guy (it is Fasching, after all!) named Christian Linz, walks through the streets at
around 7 p.m. with the "Trauerzug" (cortège). Fasching is "carried" in a wooden coffin from inn to inn where its "infamous actions
and scandals" are announced again. At around 11:30 p.m., the carnivalists meet on the "Scheippl-Bruck" (bridge) to say a last
farewell to Fasching.
Accompanied by humorous speeches, a life-size straw puppet representing Fasching is set alight at the Chinesenbrunnen
(fountain). At midnight, Fasching is finally "buried", with lots of singing and "lamenting", and the Chinesenhymne ("Chinese
hymn") is sung one last time. Afterwards, everyone joins up in the various Gasthäuser (inns) to welcome Ash Wednesday and Lent
by the traditional Fischessen (eating of fish).


Also celebrated today: Faschingsdienstag = Pancake / Fat / Shrove Tuesday, and Mardi Gras.
Biikebrennen: From Wikipedia: "At Biikebrennen, nearly all North Frisian towns, and many isolated farmhouses as well, light their own bonfires, the
biike, at or shortly after sunset. In many places, additional traditions have developed over time. [..] The origin of Biikebrennen is unclear. The
observation that in some places a strawman symbolizing the winter is burnt, is likely to lead one to the conclusion that the celebration dates back
to a pre-Christian midwinterfeast or lightfest. A connection with the medieval habit of 'waking up the earth' with torches lies at hand. An often-
heard alternative account for the origin of Biikebrennen is related to the festivity's name. As the Frisian word biike means beacon, the bonfires may
well have derived from light beacons set out for North Frisian whale catchers during the 17th and 18th centuries." In some villages, a straw puppet
is being burnt at the center of the fire, sometimes also a wooden barrel or even just a bucket. Their burning symbolizes the end of winter.
Nowadays, the Biike fire is fuelled by old Christmas trees and/or wreaths / arrangements that are kept until this day. After the celebrations,
everyone enjoys a hearty meal that always contains kale.
International Tourist Guide Day. From the UK website: "The International Tourist Guide Day (ITGD) is a day when the general public is invited to
sample the work of properly trained tourist guides by participating in all manner of walks, talks and tours, completely free of charge. ITGD was
devised at the 1987 as a way of raising the profile of the guiding profession. It is now marked by almost 50 professional guide associations around
the world." Find out more on the homepage of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations.
International Mother Language Day:
The International Mother Language Day is an observance held annually on 21 February worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural
diversity and multilingualism, in the light of the fact that nearly half of all languages are threatened by extinction.



Wed., 22 Feb.: Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, and World Thinking Day. It is a day celebrated all over the world
by Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. You will often see scouts collecting donations for charities that day.
It is also Be Humble Day. Think, and be humble!


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Trivia: Aschermittwoch - Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday, the time of Lent has started. For the next 40 days, people are encouraged to remember the life and the suffering
of Jesus. The idea of fasting goes back to the 40 days of fasting and praying that Christ adhered to after his christening in the
river Jordan. Historically, the time of preparation for Easter can be dated back to the 4th century. In the old church, people
avoided meat and wine, and later also milk, butter, cheese, and eggs and only had one meal a day in the evening. Only Sunday
was an exception to this rule. Nowadays it is not really expected anymore to abstain from eating and drinking but one shall give
thought to a sensible use of God's gifts to us, and how to live a responsible life. But many people still voluntarily relinquish meat or
candy or even refrain from eating for one complete day per week. Traditionally there are no festivities during the time of Lent, not
even weddings.
One other tradition has been established, though, and that is the drinking of "Starkbier", also named "Bockbier", or strong beer.
Starkbier was introduced during Lent in 1651 by the beer-brewing monks because they and the farmers didn't have enough
strength to complete their arduous work if they didn't eat - the beer was (and still is) considered to be "liquid bread". But in the
beginning, the monks were in doubt whether it would right to drink beer during Lent. So they sent one barrel of their beer to the
pope in Rome for approval. During the transport over the Alps, the barrel was shaken a lot and warmed by the hot Italian sun.
When they finally arrived in Rome, the pope tried one sip of the beer and felt sick immediately - the beer had turned sour. The


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pope, not aware of this, didn't think long and decided that it would be a good idea to drink this beer as penance. And ever since
then, Starkbier has been very popular.
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Sat., 25 Feb.:
 - 5:30 p.m.: Concert with the "Augustana Choir Illinois" in 91541 Rothenburg, in the St.-Jakobs-Kirche (church),
Klostergasse 15. Founded in 1931, the choir from the Augustana College from Rock Island, Illionois covers a wide range of music
and travels around the world. They have performed in the Royal Palace in Stockholm and even the Carnegie Hall!
Also celebrated today: World Sword Swallower's Day. Organized by the Sword Swallowers Association International (SSAI), the day is intended to
"raise awareness of the contributions sword swallowers have made in the fields of medicine and science" and to "educate the general public and
dispel myths on the art of sword swallowing" [Source. SSAI].



Sun., 26 Feb.:
 - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Model Train and Toys Market in 90469 Nürnberg-Gartenstadt, at the Gesellschaftshaus, Buchenschlag 1.
Find new and used model trains, cars, accessories, literature and many other things at this market (only GE). It is the largest
model toy market of its kind in Franconia. You can sell here too, just contact the organizer at ph 0733-230-89989 (you'll probably
need to speak German to them, get a German friend to help you out). Upcoming markets at this locations: Sun. 25 Mar. Sun. 22
Apr. Sun. 20 May. Sun., 17 June.
Today is Tell-a-Fairy-Tale Day. Read a lovely story to your kids. And if you don't have kids, read it to yourself.
Also celebrated today: Funken-Sonntag. From Wikipedia: "Bonfire traditions of early spring, known as Funkenfeuer or just Funken in German, lit on
the Sunday following Ash Wednesday (Funkensonntag), are widespread throughout the Alemannic German speaking regions of Europe and in
parts of France." Often, a large pile of wood or straw is set alight, on top of which is an old Christmas tree or a straw puppet. This tradition is not
restricted to the Alpine region. Around Fulda, for example, they are known as Hutzelfeuer. Along the Mosel river (covering the southern part of the
Eifel, Luxembourg and the Saarland), the so-called "Burgbrennen" or also "Hüttenbrennen" is celebrated.



Sun. and Mon., 26 + 27 Feb., 7:30 p.m. both days: Theater: Todesfalle - Deathtrap, in 92224 Amberg, at the
Stadttheater (city theater), Schrannenplatz 8, ph 0962-191-3-191.
Adaptation of the famous suspense thriller "Deathtrap" for the stage. Ticket prices vary, of course, depending on your seat.
Best free parking lots are at "Auf der Wiesen", the car park behind the Kurfürstenbad (indoor swimming pool) and the Hotel
Arcadia; the other one is the park block opposite Sulzbacher Straße 5. Both parking areas are only a tiny walking distance from
Amberg's city center.


Mon., 27 Feb.: Today is No-Brainer Day.



Wed., 29 Feb.: Schalttag / Leap Day.


29 Feb. - 04 Mar.: Travel and Leisure Fair "Freizeit-Messe" in 90471 Nürnberg, at the Messezentrum on Karl-
Schönleben-Straße, ph 0911-860-60. Find at this fair information about travel (often at reduced fares!), camping, various sport
activities, gardening, and even motorbikes, bicycles and cars (although those are not the main focus).


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March

(05 Feb. - ) Until 18 Mar.: Art Exhibition: "Ent-Ortet" in 92421 Schwandorf, at the "Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus" at
Fronberger Str. 31; ph 09431-9716 (ca. 45 km / 28 miles north of Regensburg). The artist, Maria Maier, combines photography
and painting to uncover any deeper layers of reality and to activate the viewer's imagination.
Open every Wed. and Thu. midday - 6 p.m., and every Sun. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.




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(17 Nov. 2011 - ) Until 17 May 2012: Art Exhibition: "Flug in den Himmel über Amberg" in 92224 Amberg, in the
foyer of the historic Rathaus = city hall on Marktplatz. Artist Ruth Welnhofer acryllic paintings show Amberg from a bird's-eye
view. Best free parking lots are at "Auf der Wiesen", the car park behind the Kurfürstenbad (indoor swimming pool) and the
Hotel Arcadia; the other one is the park block opposite Sulzbacher Straße 5. Both parking areas are only a tiny walking distance
from Amberg's city center.


Thu., 01 Mar.: Today is National Peanut Butter Lovers' Day. Here's an easy recipe on how to make your own peanut butter.



Sat., 03 Mar.:
 - 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Farmers Market in 97421 Schweinfurt, around the Marktplatz = market square and in front of the
Rathaus = city hall. One of nine regular farmers markets where local farmers can sell their fruits, veggies and home-made
products. Many stalls will offer free samples!
It is also I-Want-You-to-be-Happy Day. Go out and make others happy! Even the tiniest gesture of appreciation will go a long way.



Sun., 04 Mar.:
 - 10 a.m.: Street Market in 91301 Forchheim, along Hauptstraße (ca. 25 km / 15.5 miles south of Bamberg).
 - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Artisans Market in 91301 Forchheim at the Jahn-Kulturhalle, Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Straße 10 (ca. 25 km /
15.5 miles south of Bamberg). No further details such as entry prices were listed.
Today is Hug-a-GI Day. You know what to do! :D It is also Employee Appreciation Day.


Mon., 05 Mar., 7 p.m.: Theater in English: Much Ado About Nothing in 97421 Schweinfurt at the Theater der Stadt,
Roßbrunnstraße 2, ph 0972-151-475. Shakespeare's famous play is performed by The American Drama Group Europe, based at
the TNT Theatre London, directed by Paul Stebbings. Tickets can be bought at the evening counter or in advance from the
"Theaterkasse" at ph 0972-151-475.


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Open Stores on Sunday2012

One of the major differences to the US is that all stores in Germany remain closed on Sundays and German holidays. But for
special dates and occasions, pre-determined by local authorities, exceptions can be granted and stores can be allowed to open on
Sundays. However, these dates will not apply country or state-wide; each city / community determines its own dates (IAW with
country laws). Usually, these "open store" dates coincide with either street market days or some type of citizens fest (such as
Volksfest or Bürgerfest). Opening hours differ from city to city but in general, stores open around midday or very early afternoon,
and stay open until 5 p.m. or 6 p.m.


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Sun., 06 Jan.: 1 p.m. - 18.00: in 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen.


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05 Feb., 1 p.m.: 91275 Auerbach, all around the city center (ca. 26 km / 16 miles NW of Vilseck).
12 Feb., 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.: 91257 Pegnitz, on Hauptstraße / Innenstadt = inner city.
19 Feb., 1 - 5 p.m.: 91315 Höchstadt, city / town center (ca. 45 km / 27 miles NW of Nürnberg).


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11 Mar.:
 - 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.: 91320 Ebermannstadt, Marktplatz (ca. 35 km / 20.5 miles SE of Bamberg).
 - no time specified: 91550 Dinkelsbühl (ca. 45 km / 28 miles SW of Ansbach). "Josephi-Jahrmarkt" Street Market and Open
Stores on Sunday.
18 Mar.: no time specified: 91161 Hilpoltstein, Altstadt = old city / Christoph-Sturm-Straße ( ca. 35 km / 22 miles south of
Nürnberg). Easter market (street market) and open stores on Sunday.
25 Mar.:
 - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.: 91555 Feuchtwangen (ca. 30 km / 19 miles west of Ansbach).
 - Midday - 5 p.m.: 96114 Hirschaid, Nürnberger Straße (ca. 15 km / 9.5 miles SE of Bamberg).
 - no time specified: 92339 Beilngries (ca. 45 km / 28 miles SW of Hohenfels).
 - no time specified: 97762 Hammelburg, Am Marktplatz (ca. 40 km / 25 miles NW of Schweinfurt). Frühjahrsmarkt (street
market) with over 100 stalls and an arts and crafts market in the Rathaus = city hall. Stores throughout the city center will be
open too.
 - no time specified: 92345 Dietfurt (ca. 35 km / 22 miles SW of Hohenfels). Fastenmarkt (street market) and Open Stores on
Sunday.


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Fresh Produce Markets

Are you too dissatisfied with the freshness of the produce you find in some stores? Is the fruit you've bought there absolutely
tasteless because it's out of season and you didn't notice? Here's a simple solution: try out the fresh produce and farmers markets
that are held all over the area!
If any of the regular days is a German holiday, the markets are usually held the day prior.


In 92224 Amberg: every Wednesday and Saturday, 7 a.m. - 12:30, on Marktplatz in front of the historical city hall.
In 91522 Ansbach: every Wednesday and Saturday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., on Martin-Luther-Platz.
In addition to the regular fresh produce markets, local farmers offer their fresh goods every first and third Saturday of the month
at the farmers market on Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Platz (same opening hours). Great opportunity to buy seasonal produce as fresh
as it gets!
In Bamberg: Monday thru Saturday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., on Maxplatz. Closed on Sundays and German holidays.
In 92339 Beilngries: Farmers market ("Bauernmarkt") held every Saturday between 9 a.m. and midday, on Kirchenvorplatz.
In addition, they have a "Waren- und Krammarkt" every other Tuesday from 8 a.m. to midday on Ringstraße.
Last dates in 2011: 13 + 27 Dec. 11.
Dates in 2012: 10 + 24 Jan. 12. 14 + 28 Feb. 13 + 27 Mar. 10 + 24 Apr. 08 + 22 May. 12 + 26 June.                                                                             10 + 24 July.
 14 + 28 Aug. 18 Sep. only. 09 + 23 Oct. 13 + 27 Nov. 11 Dec. 12 only.
In 92234 Berching: a "Warenmarkt" every first and third Tuesday of the month, 8 a.m. - 12:30.
Dates in 2011: 06 + 20 Dec. 11.
Dates in 2012: 03 + 07 Jan. 12. 07 + 21 Feb. 12. 06 + 20 Mar. 03 + 17 Apr. 15 + 29 May. 05 + 19 June. 03 + 17 July.
 07 + 21 Aug. 11 + 25 Sep. 02 + 16 Oct. 06 + 20 Nov. 04 + 18 Dec. 12.
In 92345 Dietfurt: every other Thursday, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., on Hauptstraße around the Rathaus (town hall).
Dates in 2011: 01 + 15 + 29 Dec. 11.
Dates in 2012: 12 + 26 Jan. 12. 09 + 23 Feb. 08 + 22 Mar. 05 + 19 Apr. 03 + 31 May. 14 + 28 June.                                                                             12 + 26 July.
 Only on 09 Aug. 06 + 29 Sep. 04 + 18 Oct. 15 + 29 Nov. 13 + 27 Dec. 12.
In Erlangen: Monday thru Saturday, on Marktplatz. Opening times not specified online.
In addition to the regular fresh produce markets, local farmers offer their fresh goods every Friday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the farmers
market on Rathausplatz.
In 91171 Greding: every Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., on Marktplatz.


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In Neumarkt: every Thursday and Saturday, in Untere Marktstraße. Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
In Parsberg: every Wednesday and Friday on Stadtplatz. Wednesday 7 a.m. - midday, Friday 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
In Regensburg: every Saturday 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the Donaumarkt (right next to the Eiserne Brücke / Iron Bridge). Closest car
park is Unterer Wöhrd (and a short walk along the Danube and across the Eiserne Brücke / Iron Bridge).
In Schweinfurt every Tuesday and Friday, 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., on Marktplatz.
In 92637 Weiden: every Wednesday and Saturday 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Oberer and Unterer Markt / all around the Altes Rathaus
(historical city hall, pedestrian zone).
In 97070 Würzburg: Monday thru Saturday, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., on Rathausplatz. Closed on Sundays and German holidays.


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Ir-/Regulars

Every Saturday, 7 p.m. - 3 a.m.: Hispanic / Latino Nights in 92655 Grafenwöhr, Afterlife Lounge & Cocktail Bar, Alte
Amberger Str. 21, ph 0170-213-9835. Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Reggaeton, Samba - y mucho mas! You don't know how to
Salsa? No problem! Starting Sat., 05 Feb.11, there are Salsa classes with Ray for only 5.- Euros per person for 2 hours. Find out
more at ph 0170-213-9835, Spanish speakers welcome! :)


Every first Saturday of the month: Maximum Rock Night in 90441 Nürnberg, at the Hirsch, Vogelweiherstraße 66,
ph 0911-429-414. Two DJs will rock the "Hirsch". Every party offers special surprises and different music styles on the second
floor. Admission is only 6.- Euros pp.


Classic Cars Exhibition at the "Museum für historische Maybach-Fahrzeuge" (Museum for Classic Maybach Vehicles) in
92318 Neumarkt (ca. 45 km / 28 miles west of Hohenfels), Holzgartenstr. 8. The museum (only GE) is open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
except for Mondays and these annual German holidays: 24 + 25 December; 31 December; 1 January.


Various dates throughout the year: Equestrian events at Gut Matheshof, Kreuth 2, 92286 Rieden - see here for
information in English. All dates and activities are only on the German calendar.


Various dates throughout the year: Pub Quizzes throughout Middle and Lower Franconia.
"Big Kev Murphy" (actually: Kevin Dardis) is an Englishman who has successfully introduced the ever-so-popular pub quizzes in
Franconia. He travels regularly to Nürnberg, Fürth, Erlangen, Ansbach and other places, asking wild and interesting questions in
the pubs. Check out his English homepage for all details as to when, where and what, and give it a try! Or like his Facebook page
(in EN).


Beyond the Horizon
Do you love looking to the sky and admire the stars but don't know what you're actually looking at? EarthSky will give you daily
information in English about what interesting and special conjunctions are happening above us.


Fußball? Football? Soccer? Ramble!!
Are you looking for an interesting, alternative, and funny round-up of international soccer? Try the Football Ramble podcast! They
are four English soccer fans: Luke Moore with his incredible knowledge of the game (supports Portsmouth); wacky radio DJ Pete
Donaldson (supports Newcastle); comedian Jim Campbell (supports Arsenal); and the Christian with the velvet voice, Marcus
Speller (supports Fulham and Hearts). Naturally, as Brits they use the term "football" instead of "soccer".
They always start with an overview of the goings-on in Old Blighty but then spread out and cover the rest of the world's soccer
shenanigans, including Major League Soccer (MLS), La Liga, South American football, and the Bundesliga. Their podcasts regularly
reach no. 1 in the sports section on iTunes! And it's a fun way of getting used to some English accents, too. 
On their Homepage you'll find their Podcasts; live and interactive minute-by-minute coverage of soccer games by one of the
Ramblers; a Forum, and GLOLs with wacky Rambler Pete. Their excellent Blogs are written by outstanding experts such as Rupert
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Fryer who is an authority on South American football, BBC's Andy Brassell (both he and Fryer also write for Fox Soccer), James
Appell who specializes in Russian and Eastern European football; and Chris Nee who covers the all-important MLS.
For all of us who are not the biggest soccer fans, there are absolutely crazy, hilarious video clips like the Rio Ferdinand's Street
Soccer Enthusiast (starring the Ramblers), the brilliant Sportsy Channel, Bathtime with the Ramblers, and a couple of other clips
hidden in the 'Pete' tab.
Please be aware that in true British style, some of the language in the pods and on the website is a bit crude at times.


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Guided Tours:
Daily at 1 p.m.: Walking Tours of Nürnberg in English
Nuremberg was once an imperial residence, powerful free imperial city and international trading center. The prosperous city
provided the ideal basis for an active cultural and intellectual life and the arts: Even today numerous buildings, monuments and
artworks still reflect its former importance. The guided tour through the Old Town offers information and insights on the castle,
the fountains and wells, churches and art as well as the city itself past and present.
Meeting point: Tourist Office at the Main Market Square (Hauptmarkt). Duration: approx. 2 ½ hrs. Price: 9.- Euros per person,
plus price of admission to castle (2.- Euros pp). Children under 14 free in the company of their parents.


Daily at 2 p.m.: Guided Tour of 91541 Rothenburg in English, of the most important sights in the historicalal district
Meeting point: Market Square. Duration: ca. 90 minutes. Fee: 6.- Euros per person, payable cash to the tour guide


Daily at 7 p.m.: Guided Tour in English of 91541 Rothenburg, with "The Executioner". Meet on Marktplatz, no prior
booking required. The tours take place every day and cost 7.- Euros per person.
There are tours in German which start at 6 p.m., and also in English, starting at 7 p.m. If you click in the link and scroll down, you
can watch a 5-minute promo clip for the executioner's tour (in English but with a lovely Franconian accent). The clip shows some
interesting hidden places that you normally don't get to see.


Every Wed. and Sat., 1:30 p.m.: Guided Tour of Regensburg, in English - "Experience a Historical City"
In the course of this individually accented tour you get to know the Old City, with its patrician towered houses, the cathedral, the
Old City Hall (all from the outside), the Stone Bridge and the Porta Praetoria. Our well-versed guides will be glad to answer any
special questions you have, based on your own personal interests.
Fees: Adults 8.- Euros, Reduced 5.- Euros , Families 12.- Euros. Duration: 1.5 hours.
Meeting point: Tourist-Information - Altes Rathaus, Rathausplatz, 93047 Regensburg, ph. 0941-507-4410


Every Friday, 7 p.m.: The Nuremberg Nightwatch Tour, in English - with the nightwatchwoman
Re-live history through original, funny and exciting stories with the historian Dr. Ute Jaeger aka the nightwatchwoman. Discover
the traditional parts of Nürnberg and enjoy its most beautiful sights! Meeting Point is the fountain "Schöner Brunnen", Am
Hauptmarkt, 90403 Nürnberg (in the pedestrian zone). Fees are 9.- Euros pp.


Every Saturday, 1 p.m.: Guided Tour of 97070 Würzburg in English
Your stroll starts at the Falkenhaus (location of the Tourist Info, ph 0931-372-398) with its elaborate Rococo facade, followed by a
visit to the Marienkapelle (St. Mary's Chapel) featuring sandstone sculptures by Tilman Riemenschneider. Other highlights include
the historical town hall building and the Romeanesque cathedral "St. Kilian". From the bridge Alte Mainbrücke, you can enjoy
fantastic views of the fortress Marienberg, the pilgrimage church Käppele and the famous vineyards. Tour lasts around 1.5 hrs,
tickets cost 6.- Euros per adult. Between 07 May and 29 October, additional English tours are held every Friday at 1 p.m.


Every Saturday, 2 p.m.: Guided Tour in English of Albrecht Dürer's House in Nürnberg’s historical city center, Albrecht-
Dürer-Str. 39 (in the pedestrian zone). Admission is 5.- Euros (normal), 2.50. Euros (reduced)
Famous painter Albrecht Dürer lived in Nürnberg (1471 – 1528) – you might know him best for his “Praying Hands” –, and his
original residence in Nürnberg’s pretty city center has been converted to a museum. Every Saturday, an actress in historical gowns
offers guided tours of the house in English, telling its history from the viewpoint of Dürer's wife Agnes.

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Every Saturday, 3 p.m.: Guided Tour in English of the Church of St. Jacob's in 91541 Rothenburg.
A public and free tour in English of the famous St.-Jakobs-Kirche (church). You only pay the entrance fee for the church: 2.- Euros
for adults; 0.50 Euros for students, pupils; groups from 10 person: 1.50 Euros. No reservation necessary! Duration: ca. 45
minutes. Meeting Point: front row inside the church.


Every Saturday, 8 p.m.: Guided Tour in English with the Nightwatchman in 91541 Rothenburg auf dem Marktplatz =
Market Place. Starting 14 Jan. 2012, you can take a walk back in time with the Nightwatchman through the romantically-lit streets
of Rothenburg. Meeting point is on Market Square, the tour lasts about 60 minutes. Fee is 7.- Euros per person, payable in cash to
the Nightwatchman.


Every first and second Sunday of the month, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.: La Satione - Model Train Exhibition in
95469 Speichersdorf, Kemnather Straße 7, ph 0171-772-1151 (ca. 26 km / 16 miles NW of Grafenwöhr). 220 model trains on
1,000 m2! Closed during May and September!! Admission: 6.- Euros pp, 3.50 Euros per child. Tickets include a 50 cent coupon for
the on-site Café Termini. The photos on their homepage give you an impression of the goings-on.


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Concerts

A list of some Concerts that will sell out quickly. The majority of the links are in English!


Tickets to nearly all concerts and performances mentioned below can also be bought here:
Amberg: newspaper "Amberger Zeitung" - ticket service 09621-306230
Nürnberg: Kultur-Information at the Nürnberg-Info, Kopfbau, Königstr. 93, 90402 Nürnberg, Ph 0911-231-4000
          Theater- und Concertkasse Karstadt, Königstr. 14, Ph 0911-213-2050
Online:   Oberpfalzkarten (more local events)
          Eventim (Germany-wide, partly in English)
          Argo-Konzerte (many events in Franconia but not restricted to this area)
          TicketOnline (Germany-wide)
          Mittelbayerische (Germany-wide)
          Konzertkarten (Germany-wide)
          Der Kartenvorverkauf (Regensburg)
          Tickets Concertbüro Franken (many events in Franconia)
Weiden: newspaper "Der Neue Tag" ticket service, ph 0961-85550


If you don't like to drive into Nürnberg because of the fast traffic and the rude German drivers, there's a great alternative: the
train! All train stations that are part of the “Verkehrsverbund Großraum Nürnberg” = VGN (English and German homepage) offer
special tickets. Click on this interactive map to see which locations are part of the VGN (only available on the German page).
Amberg, Freihung and Vilseck are VGN train stations, for example. At the participating train stations, you can purchase a special
VGN family ticket for regular trains that take you straight into Nürnberg city center / Hauptbahnhof = main train station.
In Nürnberg, the VGN ticket allows you to use all buses and S- and U-Bahnen (over- and underground trains) within Nürnberg's
city limits for free! This way you could visit the zoo in the morning and do some shopping in the afternoon, for example. And then
comfortably travel back home without having to worry about traffic.
But that’s not all: if you purchase a VGN ticket, some establishments offer you a reduced entry fare - including the Nürnberg zoo!




Ongoing until 29 Jan. 12: Ballet: The Nutcracker in in 90443 Nürnberg, at the Opernhaus / Staatstheater, Richard-Wagner-Platz
2 (U-Bahn stop "Opernhaus"), ph 0911 - 231-3575.
Tickets can be bought at the evening counter an hour before the show, or at one of the advance ticket counters (only GE but with
all necessary phone numbers). It is highly recommended you use the excellent public transport system as the ticket includes the
fare for one round-trip on the day of performance. This allows you to use public transport beyond Nürnberg's city limits - for FREE!
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You can use your tickets starting three hours before the show until 3 a.m. on the day of the show.
Here is an alternative ticket seller but their tickets might not be valid with the public transport system.


Ongoing until 01 April: Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show, in various German cities. The excellent stage production of
the cult film around Dr. Frank N. Furter has finally reached German shores. They will perform in the following locations:
  28 - 31 Dec. 2011: in 68161 Mannheim, at the Rosengarten (Mozartsaal), Am Rosengartenplatz 2, ph 0621-41060.
  03 - 08 Jan. 2012: in 44135 Dortmund, at the Konzerthaus, Brückstr. 21, ph 0231-226-960.
  10 - 15 Jan. 2012: in 46047 Oberhausen, at the König-Pilsener-Arena, Arenastraße 1, ph 0208-82-000 (ca. 80 km / 50 miles
north of Cologne).
  17 - 22 Jan. 2012: in 50668 Köln, at the Musical Dome, Goldgasse 1, ph 0221-57790 (right around the corner from Köln's
Hauptbahnhof / main train station).
  24 Jan. - 02 Feb.: in 28195 Bremen, at the Musical Theater, Richtweg 7 - 13, ph 0421-333-7590 (ca. 130 km / 80 miles SW of
Hamburg).
  24 - 26 Feb.: in 6020 Innsbruck (Austria), at the Olympiahalle, Olympiastrasse 10 (ca. 65 km / 40 miles SE of Garmisch-
Partenkirchen).
  28 + 29 Feb.: in 5020 Salzburg (Austria), at the Salzburgarena, Am Messezentrum 1, ph 0043-662-24040 from Germany (ca.
145 km / 90 miles west of München / Munich).
  02 - 04 Mar.: in 6900 Bregenz (in Austria, near the Bodensee = Lake Constance), at the "Festspiel- und Kongresshaus", on Platz
der Wiener Symphoniker 1, ph 0043-5574-4070 from Germany (ca. 200 km / 120 miles SW of München / Munich).
  06 - 18 Mar.: in 8050 Zürich (Switzerland), at the "Theater 11", Thurgauerstrasse 7 (ca. 210 km / 130 miles south of Stuttgart).
  20 - 25 Mar.: in 80939 München - Fröttmaning, at the Deutsches Theater, Werner-Heisenberg-Allee 11, ph 089 552-340.
  27 Mar. - 01 April: in 04109 Leipzig, at the Opernhaus, Augustusplatz 12, ph 034-112-610 (ca. 260 km / 160 miles north of
Weiden).
Click here for all tickets (scroll through the pages to find the desired date and location).


Thu., 29 Dec. 2011, 8 p.m.: Die Happy in 63739 Aschaffenburg, at the ColoSaal, Rossmarkt 19, ph 06021-27239. Tickets.
Die Happy are one of the best German Rock bands, fronted by the great Marta Jandová. Find out more about them via their
homepage (only GE), Facebook (only GE) and YouTube.


13 - 17 Jan. 2012: Boys II Men on tour in Germany.
Fri., 13 Jan, 8 p.m., in 10965 Berlin, at the Columbiahalle on Columbiadamm 13-21, ph 030-6981-2814. Tickets.
Sat., 14 Jan., 8:30 p.m., in 50679 Köln, at the Essigfabrik, Siegburger Str. 110, ph 0221-997-4272. Ticket.
Sun., 15 Jan., 8 p.m., in 90480 Nürnberg, Löwensaal, Schmausenbuckstr. 166. Tickets.
Tue., 17 Jan., 8 p.m., in 65185 Wiesbaden, at the Rhein-Main-Halle, Rheinstraße 20, ph 06111-44245 (ca. 40 km / 25 miles west
of Frankfurt). Tickets.


Thu., 19 Jan. 2012, 8 p.m.: Chickenfoot in 40591 Düsseldorf, at the Mitsubishi-Electiric-Halle (aka Philipshalle), Siegburger Str.
15, ph 0211-775-057 (ca. 40 km / 25 miles north of Cologne). Tickets.    Chickenfoot is the latest "supergroup" with Sammy
Hagar (Van Halen), Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani on guitar, and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on drums.


Thu., 19 Jan. 2012, 8 p.m.: Coppelius in 90441 Nürnberg, at the Hirsch, Vogelweiherstraße 66, ph 0911-429-414. Tickets.
Coppelius is an interesting band who plays Metal with a clarinet, a cello, a contra bass, and drums. Find out more via their
homepage (only GE), Facebook (only GE) and YouTube.


21 Jan. 2012, 8:30 p.m.: Los Dos Y Compañeros in 91522 Ansbach, at the Kammerspiele, Maximilianstrasse 29, ph 0981-13756.
Who would think that Latino Salsa would sound good in Oberpfälzisch, the local dialect here? But it does, and the fabulous
Compañeros are the proof! Los Dos, as their fans call them, sound so typical that even Latino musicians appreciate them. Click
here for a clip of their music, and to buy tickets in advance ("Karten Bestellen").


24 - 31 Jan. 2012: Duran Duran on tour in Germany:
  Tue., 24 Jan., 8:30 p.m., in 81671 München / Munich, at the Tonhalle, Grafinger Str. 6, ph 089-672-0880. Tickets.
  Thu., 26 Jan., 8 p.m., in 04159 Leipzig, Haus Auensee, Gustav-Esche-Straße 4, ph 0341-4651-600. Tickets.
  Sat., 28 Jan., 8 p.m., in 44139 Dortmund, at the Westfalenhalle 1, Rheinlanddamm 200 (ca. 100 km / 60 miles NE of Cologne).
Tickets.
  Tue., 31 Jan., 8 p.m., in 10965 Berlin, at the Columbiahalle on Columbiadamm 13-21, ph 030-6981-2814. Tickets will become
available here.


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26 - 28 Jan. 2012: Lauryn Hill on tour.
  Thu., 26 Jan., 8 p.m., in 10963 Berlin, at the Tempodrom, Möckernstraße 10, ph 030-747-370. Tickets.
  Sat., 28 Jan. 8 p.m., in 45468 Mülheim an der Ruhr, at the "RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle", An den Sportstätten 6. The Tram
station "RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle" is right in front of the facility. Tickets.



26 Jan. - 08 Feb. 2012: Guano Apes on tour. Click here for a tour overview.
Guano Apes are an excellent Rock band from Germany. Check out their homepage (in EN), Facebook, and YouTube.
Thu., 26 Jan., 8 p.m., in 80639 München / Munich, at the Backstage Werk, Reitknechtstraße 6. Tickets.
Sun., 29 Jan., 8 p.m., in 68163 Mannheim, at the Maimarkt Club, Xaver-Fuhr-Straße 101. Tickets.


03 Feb. - 08 Mar.: Chris Rea on tour in Germany. Tour overview.
  Mon., 20 Feb., 8 p.m., in 70372 Stuttgart, Porsche-Arena (aka Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle), Mercedesstraße 69. Tickets.
  Wed., 22 Feb., 8 p.m., in 80809 München / Munich, at the Olympiahalle, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21 (east entrance). Tickets.
The only car park is located at the Olympiapark: 80809 München, Olympiapark Parkharfe, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 100. It is highly
recommended you use the excellent public transport system.
  Sat., 25 Feb., 8 p.m., in 68161 Mannheim, at the Rosengarten (Mozartsaal), Am Rosengartenplatz 2, ph 0621-41060. Tickets.


Mon., 30 Jan., 9 p.m.: Band Of Skulls in 80331 München, at "The Atomic Café", Neuturmstraße 5, ph 089-228-3054.
The latest indie sensation from the UK is visiting Germany. Click here to see them in interview, and here for some video clips.
They're on Facebook too. Tickets.


02 - 23 Feb.: Die Priester: "Spiritus Dei". Click here for a tour overview.
Die Priester (The Priests) are genuine Catholic priests who have set out to modernize church songs (only GE) and make them
more appealing to modern audiences. See what it's all about on YouTube.
  Fri., 03 Feb., 8 p.m., in 90461 Nürnberg, in the Gustav-Adolf-Gedächniskirche (church) at Allersberger Straße 116, ph 0911-
4466-684. Tickets.
  Thu., 16 Feb., 8 p.m., in 94315 Straubing, in the St.-Josefs-Kirche (church) at Rennbahnstraße 26 (ca. 44 km / 28 miles SE of
Regensburg). Tickets.
  Thu., 23 Feb., 8 p.m., in 97070 Würzburg, in the Johanniskirche (church) at Hofstallstraße 5. Tickets.


03 Feb. - 08 Mar.: Chris Rea on tour in Germany. Tour overview.
  Mon., 20 Feb., 8 p.m., in 70372 Stuttgart, Porsche-Arena (aka Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle), Mercedesstraße 69. Tickets.
  Wed., 22 Feb., 8 p.m., in 80809 München / Munich, at the Olympiahalle, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21 (east entrance). Tickets.
The only car park is located at the Olympiapark: 80809 München, Olympiapark Parkharfe, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 100. It is highly
recommended you use the excellent public transport system.
  Sat., 25 Feb., 8 p.m., in 68161 Mannheim, at the Rosengarten (Mozartsaal), Am Rosengartenplatz 2, ph 0621-41060. Tickets.


03 + 05 Feb.: Operetta "Der Vogelhändler" in 97421 Schweinfurt, Theater der Stadt, Roßbrunnstraße 2.
This operetta aims to "bring a fairy tale to life which, through beautiful voices, precious costumes and wonderful music, allows you
to flee from your daily chores and experience a dream." You can hear some samples of the music at this link.
The performances take place on Fri., 03 Feb., 7:30 p.m., and on Sat., 05 Feb., at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets can be bought online (only GE, at the bottom left) or at ph 0972-151-475.


07 - 10 Feb.: D'Angelo
Michael Eugene Archer, better known by his stage name D'Angelo, is one of the best-known American R&B and neo-soul singers -
and he's on tour in Europe! More about the artist: MySpace. Facebook. YouTube.
  Tue., 07 Feb., 7 p.m., in 8005 Zürich (Switzerland), at the X-TRA on Limmatstrasse 118, ph 044-448-1515 in Switzerland (ca.
210 km / 130 miles south of Stuttgart). Tickets.
  Thu., 09 Feb., 8 p.m., in 22297 Hamburg, at the Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Krochmannstraße 55 (access via Braamkamp 1), ph
040-3005-1216. Tickets. Again, it is highly recommended you use the public transport system (in EN), as parking is a nightmare in
Hamburg, you get towed in no time at all, and towing charges are incredibly expensive. The Underground stations Lattenkamp
and Alsterdorf, both on line 1, are just around the corner from the Sporthalle.
  Fri., 10 Feb., 8 p.m., in 10963 Berlin, at the Tempodrom, Möckernstraße 10, ph 030-747-370. As in all big cities, it is highly
recommended you use the excellent public transport system (in EN). Tickets.


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08 - 13 Feb. 2012: The Rifles on tour. Tour overview. More about the artist: Homepage. YouTube. MySpace.
The Rifles are rising stars as a new Mod-Punk band from the UK. “They have pretty cool hairdos” says even Paul Weller, godfather
of all Mods. The Rifles, that’s Luke, Joel, bassist Rob Pyne and drummer Grant Marsh, and they’ve just released their second
album "Great Escape". While their first record "No Love Lost" was mainly a live performance of snotty three-minute pop-punk
songs, the new songs are more refined, even strings are included on some songs and Mod-Father Paul Weller himself has
recommended the producer.
Sat., 11 Feb., 8 p.m., in 80639 München / Munich, at the Backstage Werk, Reitknechtstraße 6. Tickets.
Sun., 12 Feb., 8 p.m., in 60433 Frankfurt am Main, at the Batschkapp, Maybachstr. 24, ph 069-9521-8410. Tickets.


Sat., 11 Feb.: An Evening of Sir Elton John's Greatest Hits in 97421 Schweinfurt, at the "Rathausdiele", Markt 1.            The
British artist Donovan Aston will perform a two-hour concert with the greatest hits of Sir Elton John. Not only will he play piano
and sing classics like "Candle in the Wind“, "Your Song“, "Rocket Man“ and "You can feel the Love tonight", he will also provide
some background information on the history of the songs. Tickets can be bought in advance from the Tourist Info at ph 0972-151-
475.


21 Feb. - 07 Mar.: 3 Doors Down on tour in Germany. Tour overview.
  Mon., 27 Feb., 7:30 p.m., in 63071 Offenbach Am Main, at the Stadthalle, Waldstraße 312, ph 0698-570-600 (ca 10 km / 7 miles
east of Frankfurt). Tickets.
  Wed., 29 Feb., 7:30 p.m., in 80939 München - Freimann, Zenith, Lilienthalallee 29. Tickets.
Sat., 03 Mar, 7:30 p.m., in 76135 Karlsruhe, at the Europahalle, Hermann-Veit-Straße 7, ph 0721-811-016 (ca. 80 km / 50 miles
west of Stuttgart). Tickets.


Sun., 04 Mar., 6 p.m.: International Festival of Country Music in 68163 Mannheim, at the SAP Arena, Xaver-Fuhr-Straße 150.
Tickets. With Reba McEntire, Little Big Town, Ricky Skaggs, Lonestar and many more.


04 - 19 Mar: Randy Newman on tour. Yes, THE amazing Mr. Newman is touring Germany!
Sun., 04 Mar, 8 p.m., in 60313 Frankfurt, at the Alte Oper, Opernplatz, ph 069-134-0215. Tickets.
Tue., 06 Mar, 8 p.m., in 70174 Stuttgart, at the Liederhalle Hegelsaal, Berliner Platz 1-3, ph 0711-202-7710. Tickets.
Thu., 08 Mar., 8 p.m., in 81667 München / Munich, at the Philharmonie im Gasteig, Rosenheimer Str. 5 - 8. Tickets.
Tue., 13 Mar., 8 p.m., in 10117 Berlin, at the Admiralspalast-Theater, Friedrichstraße 101, ph 030-4799-7499. Tickets.
Thu., 15 Mar., 8 p.m., in 20355 Hamburg, at the Laeiszhalle, Johannes-Brahms-Platz, ph 040-357-66666. Tickets.
Sun., 18 Mar., 8 p.m., in 44793 Bochum, at the Jahrhunderthalle, An der Jahrhunderthalle 1 (former "Gahlensche Str. 15"; ca. 75
km / 50 miles north of Cologne). Tickets.


06 - 09 Mar.: Black Stone Cherry on tour in Germany. Tour Overview.
The Rockers from Kentucky are taking the Rock world by storm: Homepage. Facebook. YouTube.
Tue., 06 Mar., 8 p.m., in 80639 München / Munich, at the "Backstage Werk", Reitknechtstraße 6. Tickets.


06 - 09 Mar.: Opera: Rigoletto in 97421 Schweinfurt, Theater der Stadt, Rossbrunnstraße 2, ph 0972-151-475.
This famous opera by Giuseppe Verdi is always a crowd-drawer. You can listen to some samples at this link.
Tickets can be bought online (links in the bottom left corner)


07, 16, 19 Mar.: David Sylvian in Cologne, Berlin and Frankfurt respectively. The former frontman of Japan is on tour in
Germany but unfortunately not in Bavaria. Find out more about him on his homepage, on Facebook and on YouTube. Tickets.


Thu., 08 Mar., 9:30 p.m.: Ed Sheeran in 80639 München / Munich, at the "Backstage Werk", Reitknechtstraße 6. Tickets.
The British singer and song writer has been enjoying worldwide success recently. Find out more about him on his homepage
(change language settings at the top right corner if it appears in German), on YouTube and on Facebook.


08 - 24 Mar.: Culcha Candela on tour. Click here for a complete tour overview.
Culcha Candela (only GE) have become an integral part in the German pop music scene. They're also well-known for engaging in
various charity projects, such as "Africa Rise", "Action Kidz" or UN initiatives. Give them a listen on YouTube or Facebook (GE).
  Fri., 09 Mar., 7:30 p.m., in 97070 Würzburg, at the Posthallen, Bahnhofplatz 2. Tickets.
  Mon., 12 Mar., 7:30 p.m., in 87435 Kempten, at the bigBOX Allgäu, Kotterner Str. 64, ph 0831-570-550 (ca. 130 km / 80 miles

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SW of Munich). Tickets.
  Wed., 14 Mar., 7:30 p.m., in 70327 Stuttgart, at the Porsche-Arena (aka Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle), Mercedesstraße 69.
Tickets.
  Thu., 15 Mar., 7:30 p.m., in 80939 München - Freimann, at the Zenith, Lilienthalallee 29. Tickets.
  Tue., 20 mar., 8 p.m., in 65929 Frankfurt am Main, at the Jahrhunderthalle, Pfaffenwiese 301, ph 069-360-1222. Tickets.


09 + 10 Mar.: Big Country are in Germany for two concerts.
  Fri., 03 Mar., 8 p.m., in in 10243 Berlin, at the Postbahnhof (part of the Ostbahnhof = Train Station East), on Strasse der Pariser
Kommune 8. Tickets. As in all big cities, it is highly recommended you use the excellent public transport system (in EN).
  Sat., 10 Mar., 8 p.m., in 44795 Bochum, at the "Zeche Bochum", Prinz-Regent-Straße 50 - 60, ph 0234-771-117 (ca. 75 km / 50
miles north of Köln = Cologne). Tickets.


09 - 31 Mar.: Dick Brave & The Backbeats on tour in Germany. Tour overview.
Dick Brave is the alter ego of everybody's darling, Sasha (at least if you're German) which he established to venture out into his
beloved Rockabilly music. Check them out on YouTube!
  Sun., 11 Mar., 8 p.m., in 68161 Mannheim, at the Rosengarten (Mozartsaal), Am Rosengartenplatz 2, ph 0621-41060. Tickets.
  Fri., 16 mar., 8 p.m., in 73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd, in the "CCS Stadtgarten" at Rektor-Klaus-Straße 9 (ca. 105 km / 65 miles SW
of Ansbach). Tickets. The Bahnhof = train station is only about 300 ft to the north of the facility.
  Sat., 17 Mar., 8 p.m., in 87435 Kempten, at the bigBOX Allgäu, Kotterner Str. 64, ph 0831-570-550 (ca. 130 km / 80 miles SW
of Munich). Tickets.
  Wed., 21 Mar., 8 p.m., in 96047 Bamberg, at the Kongress- und Konzert-Halle, Mußstraße 1, ph 0951-964-7200. Tickets.
  Fri., 30 Mar., 8 p.m., in 97070 Würzburg, at the Posthallen, Bahnhofplatz 2. Tickets.
  Sat., 31 Mar., 8 p.m., in 93053 Regensburg, at the university's mensa, Albertus-Magnus-Str. 4. Tickets.


Tue., 13 Mar., 8:30 p.m.: Che Sudaka in 93055 Regensburg, at the "Alte Mälzerei", Galgenbergstraße 20, ph 0941-7888-10.
Tickets. From Wikipedia: Che Sudaka is a six-piece band, composed of South Americans resident in Barcelona. The group play
"mestizaje music" (Latin Alternative), a style combining traditional South American and Spanish styles with influences from ska,
reggae, rock and world music. They have collaborated on projects with Manu Chao and Amparanoia.
Their English homepage explains more, and listen to their music on YouTube.


13 Mar - 04 Apr.: Emilie Autumn on tour. Click here for a tour overview.
Sometimes referred to "a Goth having lots of fun", she has already appeared on Leno and Letterman and left a great impression.
Her biography on Facebook describes her as "World-class violinist. Fashion icon. Famously bipolar". See for yourself what she's all
about on YouTube.
Wed., 14 Mar., 8:30 p.m., in 81667 München / Munich, at the Muffathalle / Ampere, Zellstr. 4. Tickets.
Tue., 27 Mar., 8 p.m., in 60433 Frankfurt am Main, at the Batschkapp, Maybachstr. 24, ph 069-9521-8410. Tickets.
Wed., 28 Mar., 8:30 p.m., in 8005 Zürich (Switzerland), at the X-TRA on Limmatstrasse 118, ph 044-448-1515 in Switzerland (ca.
210 km / 130 miles south of Stuttgart). Tickets.


16 - 31 Mar.: Steel Panther on tour in Germany. Tour overview.
Steel Panther are a fun band aiming to recreate the crazy Rock and Metal scene of the 1980s, with the long hair and the "unique"
attire. Caution: their lyrics are quite explicit and unsuitable for children and sensitive adults.
Sun., 18 Mar., 8 p.m., in 60433 Frankfurt am Main, at the Batschkapp, Maybachstr. 24, ph 069-9521-8410. Tickets.
Wed., 21 Mar., 8:30 p.m., in 81671 München / Munich, at the Tonhalle, Grafinger Str. 6, ph 089-672-0880. Tickets.


16 Mar. - 26 May: Motocross: Night of the Jumps on tour in Germany. Click here for the complete tour overview.
The 'Night of the Jumps' is full of action: The best Freestylers in the world are fighting for the title with breath-taking jumps and a
fantastic light and pyro show. You can meet the star drivers after the show during an autograph hour!
Note: According to a reviewer, the show is incredibly loud and absolutely not suitable for children. Adults are also strongly advised
to bring ear-plugs to protect their hearing. Please be aware that you might not be allowed to take photos.
   Sat., 28 Apr., 7 p.m., in 80809 München / Munich, at the Olympiahalle, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21 / Eingang Ost (east entrance).
Tickets.    The only car park is located at the Olympiapark: 80809 München, Olympiapark Parkharfe, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 100. It
is highly recommended you use the excellent public transport system.
   Sat., 12 May, 7 p.m., in 68163 Mannheim, at the SAP Arena, Xaver-Fuhr-Straße 150. Tickets.




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19 Mar., 8 p.m.: Cassandra Steen in 90441 Nürnberg, at the Hirsch, Vogelweiherstraße 66, ph 0911-429-414. Tickets.
With her smooth voice and soulful songs, not to mention her good looks, Cassandra Steen has become one of the rising stars of
the German music scene. Find out more about her on homepage (only GE), Facebook (only GE) and YouTube.


20 Mar. - 14 Apr.: Loreena McKennitt on tour in Germany. Tour Overview.
Loreena McKennitt has become very popular in the US for her mix of Celtic , Christian and a pinch of Classical music.
Tue., 20 Mar., 8 p.m., in 76530 Baden-Baden, at the Festspielhaus, Beim Alten Bahnhof 2, ph 0722-130-130. Tickets.
Thu., 22 Mar., 8 p.m., in 60313 Frankfurt am Main, at the Alte Oper, Opernplatz, ph 069-134-0215. Tickets.
Wed., 11 Apr., 8 p.m., in 70174 Stuttgart, at the Liederhalle (Beethovensaal), Berliner Platz 1-3, ph 0711-202-7710. Tickets.
Thu., 12 Apr., 8 p.m., in 90478 Nürnberg, at the Meistersingerhalle, Münchener Str. 21, ph 0911-231-8000. Tickets.
Sat., 14 Apr., 8 p.m., in 81667 München / Munich, at the Philharmonie im Gasteig, Rosenheimer Str. 5 - 8. Tickets


21 Mar., 8 p.m.: Black Veil Brides' only concert in Germany in 50679 Köln, at the Essigfabrik, Siegburger Str. 110, ph 0221-997-
4272. Tickets. With their unique, slightly Gothic look and their exciting Rock, Black Veil Brides are the latest sensation in the Rock
scene. Give them a listen on YouTube, or find them on Facebook.


21 - 30 Mar.: Bryan Adams on tour in Germany:
Wed., 21 Mar., 8 p.m., in 50679 Köln, at the Lanxess-Arena, Willy-Brandt-Platz 3, ph 0221-8021. Tickets.
Sat., 24 Mar., 8 p.m., in 90471 Nürnberg, at the Arena, Kurt-Leucht-Weg 11, ph 0911-9889-7280. Tickets.
Wed., 28 Mar., 8 p.m., in 70327 Stuttgart, at the Porsche-Arena (aka Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle), Mercedesstraße 69. Tickets.
Thu., 29 Mar., 8 p.m., in 68163 Mannheim, at the SAP Arena, Xaver-Fuhr-Straße 150. Tickets.
Fri., 30 Mar., 8 p.m., in 80809 München / Munich, at the Olympiahalle, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21 / Eingang Ost (east entrance).
The only car park is located at the Olympiapark: 80809 München, Olympiapark Parkharfe, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 100. It is highly
recommended you use the excellent public transport system. Tickets.


22 - 25 Mar.: Gretchen Peters on tour in Germany:
Gretchen Peters, the Grammy-nominated singer from Nashvile, is presenting her new CD "Hello Cruel World".
  Fri., 23 Mar., 8 p.m., in 22765 Hamburg, at the "Fabrik", Barnerstr. 36, ph 040-3910-7129. Tickets.
  Sat., 24 Mar., 9 p.m., in 10965 Berlin, at the Crystal Club, Columbiadamm 9-11, ph 030-7809-9810. Closest U-Bahn station
(underground) is Platz der Luftbrücke, in case you're using Berlin's excellent public transport Tickets.
  Sun., 25 Mar., 8 p.m., in 50672 Köln, at the "Studio 672", Venloer Str. 40, ph 0221-952-9940. Tickets.


27 + 28 Mar.: Operetta: Die Csárdásfürstin in 97421 Schweinfurt, Theater der Stadt, Roßbrunnstraße 2, ph 0972-151-475.
Usually referred to as "The Gypsy Princess" in English, this operetta is hugely popular in Europe and particularly in former Soviet
Union. You can hear some samples at this link. Tickets can be bought online (links in bottom left corner).


Mon., 29 Mar., 8 p.m.: The Donots in 80639 München / Munich, at the "Backstage Werk", Reitknechtstraße 6. Tickets.
The Donots are an excellent Rock band from Germany, take a looks at their videos on YouTube. Their Facebook info is in English,
their homepage only in German.


Sat., 31 Mar., 8 p.m.: Chris Farlowe in 91154 Roth, at the Kulturfabrik, on Stieberstr. 7, ph 09171-848-762 (ca. 30 km / 19 miles
south of Nürnberg). Tickets.
Chris Farlowe is an English rock, blues and soul singer, best-known for his hit single "Out of Time", and has worked with the likes
of Eric Burdon, Otis Redding and many more. Have a look at his videos on YouTube.


Sun., 01 Apr., 6 p.m.: Blechschaden in 90762 Fürth, at the Stadttheater, Königstr. 116, ph 911-974-2410 (ca. 10 km / 6 miles
west of Nürnberg). Tickets. The members of Blechschaden all play in the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and are all impeccable
musicians. But they were looking at a different approach to music, one that would get the audience interested. This is where Bob
Ross, not the deceased American painter but the conductor of "Blechschaden", comes in. He has been fascinated since his youth
by the unique music played by miners in his home country. It all began with one single cry in 1954, when Bob Ross first saw the
light of his Scottish home in Kirkcaldy. Now, 50+ years later, the band has a huge following with their unrivaled combination of
Scottish brass music, classical music, and lots of genuine Scottish humour! Read more on their homepage (GE), Facebook (GE)
and see what they're like on YouTube.


05 - 20 Apr.: Chris de Burgh. The "Lady in Red" singer is on tour again in Germany. Tour overview.
  Sat., 06 Apr., 8 p.m., in 70327 Stuttgart, at the Porsche-Arena (aka Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle), Mercedesstraße 69. Tickets.
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  Tue., 09 Apr., 8 p.m., in 80809 München / Munich, at the Olympiahalle, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21 / Eingang Ost (east entrance).
The only car park is located at the Olympiapark: 80809 München, Olympiapark Parkharfe, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 100. It is highly
recommended you use the excellent public transport system. Tickets.
  Sat., 13 Apr., 8 p.m., in 68163 Mannheim, at the SAP Arena, Xaver-Fuhr-Straße 150. Tickets.


Sat., 14 Apr.: The Branford Marsalis Quartet in 44135 Dortmund, at the Konzerthaus, Brückstr. 21, ph 0231-226-960 (ca. 100
km / 60 miles NE of Cologne). Tickets.
Be it with Sting, Jay Leno's Tonight Show Band or as Leader of his own bands, from Buckshot LeFonque to the Branford Marsalis
Quartet, Branford Marsalis has one of the most impressive careers in American Jazz. He is the oldest son of the Marsalis music
dynasty and one of the best sax players in the world, but also celebreated as a composer and producer. With each of his records,
he wrote another piece of the Modern Jazz story. The rest of the quartet: Joey Calderazzo, Eric Revis and Jeff "Tain" Watts.
More about the artist: Homepage. YouTube. MySpace.


14 Apr. - 06 May: Nightwish on tour in Germany. Click here for tour overview.
Mon., 23 Apr., 7 p.m., in 65929 Frankfurt am Main, at the Jahrhunderthalle, Pfaffenwiese 301, ph 069-360-1222. Tickets.
Sat., 05 May., 8 p.m., in 90471 Nürnberg, at the Arena, Kurt-Leucht-Weg 11, ph 0911-9889-7280. Tickets.
Sun., 06 May, 7 p.m., in 70327 Stuttgart, at the Porsche-Arena (aka Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle), Mercedesstraße 69. Tickets.


14 Apr. - 28 Nov.: David Garrett on tour. The complete tour overview is here.
   Sat., 14 Apr., 8 p.m., in 80809 München / Munich, at the Olympiahalle, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21 / Eingang Ost (east entrance).
Tickets.    The only car park is located at the Olympiapark: 80809 München, Olympiapark Parkharfe, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 100. It
is highly recommended you use the excellent public transport system.
   Sat., 10 Nov., 8 p.m., in 90471 Nürnberg, at the Arena, Kurt-Leucht-Weg 11, ph 0911-9889-7280. Tickets.
   Mon., 19 Nov., 8 p.m., in 60325 Frankfurt am Main, at the Festhalle / Messe, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1. Tickets.
   Wed., 21 Nov., 8 p.m., again in 80809 München / Munich, at the Olympiahalle, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21 / Eingang Ost (east
entrance). Tickets.    The only car park is located at the Olympiapark: 80809 München, Olympiapark Parkharfe, Spiridon-Louis-
Ring 100. It is highly recommended you use the excellent public transport system.
   Sat., 24 Nov., 8 p.m., in 68163 Mannheim, at the SAP Arena, Xaver-Fuhr-Straße 150. Tickets.
   Sun., 25 Nov., 8 p.m., in 70327 Stuttgart, at the Porsche-Arena (aka Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle), Mercedesstraße 69. Tickets.


Sat., 21 Apr., 8 p.m.: Die CubaBoarischen in 93339 Riedenburg, at the "Sporthalle der Realschule" (gymnasium of the school
"Johann-Simon-Mayr Realschule"), Schulstraße 21. Tickets.
Latin Music and Bavarian lyrics - they work perfectly together! See for yourself on YouTube and their homepage (only GE).


01 - 10 May: NKOTBSB on tour in Germany. "Who??" you might ask. It's New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys together!
Sat., 05 May, 7:30 p.m., in 70327 Stuttgart, at the Porsche-Arena (aka Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle), Mercedesstraße 69. Tickets.
Sun., 06 May, 7:30 p.m., in 04105 Leipzig, at the Arena, Am Sportforum 2, ph 034-1234-10. Tickets.
Mon., 07 May, 7:30 p.m., in 10243 Berlin, o2 World, O2-Platz 1, ph 030-2060-7080. Tickets.
Wed., 09 May, 7:30 p.m., in 22525 Hamburg, at the o2 World, Sylvesterallee 10, ph 040-88-1630. Tickets.
Thu., 10 May, 7:30 p.m., in 46047 Oberhausen, König-Pilsener-Arena, Arenastraße 1, ph 0208-82-000 (ca. 80 km / 50 miles north
of Cologne). Tickets.


14 - 20 May: International Dixie Festival in Dresden, various locations. Click here for a PDF of the program, here for the
locations,and click here to conveniently order your tickets via Eventim (all in EN).


Wed., 16 May, 7 p.m.: "Oldie Marathon" in 96050 Bamberg, at the Stechert-Arena, Forchheimer Str. 15, ph 0951-23-837.
Tickets. This concert has an amazing line-up, at least if you have grown up with and/or are a fan of 70s music: The Sweet.
Boney M. Smokie. Middle of the Road. The Tremeloes. Chris Andrews. Heaven. (I still have some of them on cassette).


16 May - 18 Aug.: Die Ärzte on tour in Germany. "The best band in the world", as they call themselves laconically, will grace
numerous stadia on their tour. Click here for a tour overview, which is also where you can buy your tickets once they become
available. The link also gives you an "Add to Watchlist" option to get notified once the ticket links are active.


Sat., 19 May: "Oldie Marathon" in 44139 Dortmund, at the Westfalenhalle 1, Rheinlanddamm 200 (ca. 100 km / 60 miles NE of
Cologne). Tickets. This concert has an almost identical line-up as the one in Bamberg, perhaps even better: The Sweet. Boney M.
Smokie. Middle of the Road. Showaddywaddy. The Tremeloes. Harpo. Pussycat. And Chris Andrews.
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19 May - 04 July: Herbert Grönemeyer on tour in Germany. Tour overview.
Fri., 25 May, 8 p.m., in 68163 Mannheim, at the SAP Arena, Xaver-Fuhr-Straße 150. Tickets.
Tue., 05 June, 8 p.m., in Nürnberg Arena. Tickets.


25 - 30 May: Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band on tour in Germany.
   Fri., 25 May, 7:30 p.m., in 60528 Frankfurt, at the Commerzbank-Arena, Mörfelder Landstraße 362. The arena is near the
Frankfurt airport, and the "Waldparkplatz" car park is right next to it Tickets.
   Sun., 27 May, 7:30 p.m., in 50933 Köln = Cologne, at the RheinEnergie-Stadion on Aachener Strasse 999. Tickets.
It is highly recommended you park your car on a P+R car park (in EN) on the city's outskirts and use the excellent public transport
system (in EN). The "RheinEnergie-Stadion" and "Junkersdorf" U-Bahn stations (Underground station) are just a few yards away
from the stadion, both on U-Bahn line 1.
   Wed., 30 May, 7:30 p.m., in 14053 Berlin, at the Olympiastadion at Olympischer Platz. Tickets.
As in all big cities, it is highly recommended you use the excellent public transport system (in EN). The U-Bahn (Underground)
station "Olympia-Stadion" is right next to it, the U2 line stops here.


Fri., 01 June, 1:30 p.m.: Rock im Park in 90471 Nürnberg, Zeppelinfeld, along Zeppelinstraße. Tickets.
Rock im Park is another HUGE open-air Rock festival. And the big headliners this year are Metallica!
It is twinned with Rock am Ring in 53520 Meuspath (next to Nürburg / Eifel), Nürburgring (ca. 165 km / 100 miles NW of
Landstuhl) which is held at the Nürburg Ring race track, hence the name. Tickets can be bought on their homepage or via
Eventim. For more information, see their Homepage (partly in English) and YouTube.


Sun., 03 June, 8 p.m.: Elvis Costello & The Imposters in 20355 Hamburg, at the CCH, Am Dammtor. Tickets.
Again, it is highly recommended you use the public transport system (in EN), as parking is a nightmare in Hamburg, you get towed
in no time at all, and towing charges are incredibly expensive. The "Dammtor (CCH/Messe)" S-Bahn = overground train station is
right in front of the CCH.


08 - 10 June: Download Festival in the UK at Donington Park (Race Circuit), Castle Donington, Derby DE74 2RP, ph 0044-1332-
8100-48 from Germany. The Donington Park Race Circuit isn't far from Derby and Nottingham, closest airports are the
International Airports in Manchester and Birmingham, and the East Midlands International Airport (adjacent to Donington Park).
It's Download's 10th anniversary in 2012, and they will celebrate it with a MEGA line-up: The Prodigy on Friday, Metallica
headline on Saturday, and the reformed original Black Sabbath on Sunday! The rest of the line-up hasn't even been confirmed
yet but it can hardly get any better than that! Their website will keep you up-to-date with all the bands, and gives you many
helpful tips. Tickets went on sale on Fri., 18 Nov., at 9 a.m. You know they will sell out fast!


22 - 24 June: Southside Festival in 78579 Neuhausen ob Eck, "take-off" Gewerbepark (ca. 230 km / 145 miles east of Munich;
or 135 km / 85 miles south of Stuttgart). They are twinned with the Hurricane Festival (see next para).
The two festivals (see para below) offer a truly mind-blowing Line-Up: Blink 182, Rise Against, The Stone Roses, Sportfreunde
Stiller, Wolfmother, Florence & The Machine, Die Ärzte and many more (in EN).
You can buy your Tickets from Eventim or via their Homepage. Their homepage also provides you directions (shuttle buses will run
from the train station!) and camping tips, along with much other information. All links are in English!


22 - 24 June: Hurricane Festival in 27383 Scheeßel, Eichenring / Scheeßeler Straße (ca. 75 km / 47 miles SW of Hamburg).
Twinned with the Southside Festival (see para above), they feature the same confirmed acts: Blink 182, Rise Against, The Stone
Roses, Sportfreunde Stiller, Wolfmother, Florence & The Machine, Die Ärzte and many more.
You can buy your Tickets from Eventim or via their Homepage. Their homepage also provides you directions and camping tips,
along with much other information. All links are in English!


25 - 30 June: Blink 182 on tour in Germany.
Mon., 25 June, 8 p.m., in 45131 Essen, at the Grugahalle, Norbertstraße 2 (ca. 70 km / 43 miles north of Cologne). Tickets.
Tue., 26 June, 8 p.m., in 60325 Frankfurt am Main, at the Festhalle / Messe, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1. Tickets.
Sat., 30 June, 7 p.m., in 13599 Berlin, at the Zitadelle Spandau, Juliusturm 64 / U7 Station Zitadelle; ph 030-333-9388. Tickets.


!!!!Fri. + Sat., 06 + 07 July: Castle Rock XIII Rock Open Air in 45479 Mülheim an der Ruhr, at the "Schloss Broich" castle, Am
Schloss Broich 38 (ca. 65 km / 40 miles north of Köln / Cologne). A relatively small festival in a beautiful surrounding. Click on
the names of the line-up to find out more about the bands (only GE). Tickets can be bought here.

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                     AFN's Tour of Bavaria Event Calendar for January - February 2012

Schloss Broich (EN) is the oldest complete castle from the late-Carolingian time north of the Alps. Its oldest parts were built 883 /
884 AD as fortification against the Normans; the rest was completed 200 years later.


Sat., 07 July, 4 p.m.: Jedward in 44139 Dortmund, at the Signal-Iduna-Park, Strobelallee 50 (adjacent to the "Westfalenhallen"
and the "Rote Erde" stadium; ca. 100 km / 60 miles NE of Cologne). Tickets.


Sun., 08 July, 8 p.m.: Mike & The Mechanics in 44139 Dortmund, at the Signal-Iduna-Park, Strobelallee 50 (adjacent to the
"Westfalenhallen" and the "Rote Erde" stadium; ca. 100 km / 60 miles NE of Cologne). Tickets.


Mon., 23 July, 8:30 p.m.: Blechschaden in 95632 Wunsiedel, at the Luisenburg-Festspiele, Luisenburg 1 (ca. 45 km / 27 miles
north of Grafenwöhr). You can buy your Tickets at the link once they become available.
The members of Blechschaden all play in the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and are all impeccable musicians. But they were
looking at a different approach to music, one that would get the audience interested. This is where Bob Ross, not the deceased
American painter but the conductor of "Blechschaden", comes in. He has been fascinated since his youth by the unique music
played by miners in his home country. It all began with one single cry in 1954, when Bob Ross first saw the light of his Scottish
home in Kirkcaldy. Now, 50+ years later, the band has a huge following with their unrivaled combination of Scottish brass music,
classical music, and lots of genuine Scottish humour! Read more on their homepage (GE), Facebook (GE) and see what they're like
on YouTube.


03 + 04 Aug.: The Beach Boys in Germany. They're here for only TWO concerts!
  Fri., 03 Aug, 8 p.m., in 10243 Berlin, at the o2 World, O2-Platz 1, ph 030-2060-7080. As in all big cities, it is highly
recommended you use the excellent public transport system (in EN). Tickets.
  Sat., 04 Aug., 8 p.m., in 70327 Stuttgart, at the Porsche-Arena (aka Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle), Mercedesstraße 69. Tickets.


10 Aug. - 01 Dec.: Deep Purple on tour in Germany. Click here for the complete tour.
  Thu., 22 Nov., 8 p.m., in 60325 Frankfurt am Main, at the Festhalle / Messe, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1. Tickets.
  Thu., 29 nov., 8 p.m., in 86159 Augsburg, at the Schwabenhalle, Am Messezentrum 5 (ca. 80 km / 50 miles NW of Munich).
Tickets.
  Fri., 30 Nov., 8 p.m., in 80809 München / Munich, at the Olympiahalle, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21 / Eingang Ost (east entrance).
The only car park is located at the Olympiapark: 80809 München, Olympiapark Parkharfe, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 100. It is highly
recommended you use the excellent public transport system. Tickets.
  Sat., 01 Dec., 8 p.m., in 70327 Stuttgart, at the Porsche-Arena (aka Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle), Mercedesstraße 69. Tickets.


Wed., 15 Aug., 8 p.m.: Carmina Burana in 80333 München, in the Brunnenhof (courtyard) of the Residenz (palace),
Residenzstraße 1. Tickets.


17 + 18 Aug.: Burgfolk Festival in 45479 Mülheim an der Ruhr, at the "Schloss Broich" castle, Am Schloss Broich 38 (ca. 65 km
/ 40 miles north of Köln / Cologne).
The Burgrock Festival is one of the largest and most popular Medieval Rock music festivals in Germany (click here for photos). The
line-up (only GE) hasn't been announced yet but always features the biggest names in the scene. Tickets can be bought here.
Schloss Broich (EN) is the oldest complete castle from the late-Carolingian time north of the Alps. Its oldest parts were built 883 /
884 AD as fortification against the Normans; the rest was completed 200 years later.


17 - 19 Aug.: Area-4 Festival in 59348 Lüdinghausen, Leversum 86, Flugplatz Borkenberge (airfield, ca. 63 km / 40 miles NW of
Dortmund). A fine little Indie-Rock-Festival with truly great performers: Beatsteaks, The Wombats, Sportfreunde Stiller, The
Donots and many more. Tickets can be bought on their Homepage (GE, with EN option in the top right corner), or from an online
ticket seller (partly EN).


22 Aug., 4 p.m.: Chiemsee Rocks in 83236 Übersee (at the Chiemsee), Festival-Gelände (fest site), Almfischer 11 (ca. 100 km /
66 miles SE of Munich). Tickets can be bought via their homepage (only GE) or from Eventim (partly in EN).
A Rock festival at the beautiful Chiemsee lake - what could be more perfect? More acts will soon be announced.
Confirmed acts so far: The Beatsteaks - originally a punk band, they have ventured out into other musical styles which has made
them very popular (More about the artist: Homepage (in English, with the option to select another language). YouTube.
Facebook - only GE)



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        names used do not constitute an endorsement by the United States Army. Any republication or reissue of the above information should include the use of this disclaimer.
                     AFN's Tour of Bavaria Event Calendar for January - February 2012

04 - 22 Sep.: Coldplay - Open Air Tour 2012 at the following locations in Germany:
   Tue., 04 Sep., 7 p.m., in 50933 Köln = Cologne, at the RheinEnergie-Stadion on Aachener Strasse 999. Tickets.
It is highly recommended you park your car on a P+R car park (in EN) on the city's outskirts and use the excellent public transport
system (in EN). The "RheinEnergie-Stadion" and "Junkersdorf" U-Bahn stations (Underground station) are just a few yards away
from the stadion, both on U-Bahn line 1.
   Wed., 12 Sep., 7 p.m., in 80809 München / Munich, at the Olympiahalle, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21 / Eingang Ost (east entrance).
Tickets.     The only car park is located at the Olympiapark: 80809 München, Olympiapark Parkharfe, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 100. It
is highly recommended you use the excellent public transport system.
   Fri., 14 Sep., 7 p.m., in 04105 Leipzig, at the Zentralstadion (aka Red Bull Arena), Am Sportforum 3. Tickets.
   Sat., 22 Sep., 7 p.m., in 30169 Hannover, at the AWD Arena, Arthur-Menge-Ufer 5, ph 0800 520-2010. Tickets.


03 + 04 Nov 2012: "Berlin Tattoo" - International Military Music Show in 10437 Berlin, Max-Schmeling-Halle, Am Falkplatz
1. At the time of writing, tickets are not available yet but you will be able to buy them here.


Thu., 08 Nov., 8 p.m.: Don McLean in 40479 Düsseldorf at the Tonhalle, Ehrenhof 1, ph 0211-8996-123. Again, please consider
parking your car in a P+R car park, and using the public transport system. The Underground station "Tonhalle / Ehrenhof" is right
in front of the facility; lines U70, U74, U75, U76, and U77 all stop here.
This is Don McLean's only concert in Germany! Tickets can be bought online.


Various Dates throughout the Year: Opera Performances in 90443 Nürnberg, at the Opernhaus / Staatstheater, Richard-
Wagner-Platz 2 (U-Bahn stop "Opernhaus"), ph 0911 - 231-3575
This year, the Nürnberg Opera House has again been able to arrange excellent performances of famous operas. Here you can find
an overview (only in GE), sorted by the first day of of performance. Simply click on the name of the opera you want to find out
more about or order tickets for, and you will see all details and further dates of performance.
Tickets can be bought at the evening counter an hour before the show, or at one of the advance ticket counters (only GE but with
all necessary phone numbers). It is highly recommended you use the excellent public transport system as the ticket includes the
fare for one round-trip on the day of performance. This allows you to use public transport beyond Nürnberg's city limits - for FREE!
You can use your tickets starting three hours before the show until 3 a.m. on the day of the show.


Various Dates throughout the Year: Ballet Performances in 90443 Nürnberg, at the Opernhaus / Staatstheater, Richard-
Wagner-Platz 2 (U-Bahn stop "Opernhaus"), ph 0911 - 231-3575
The Nürnberger Opernhaus not only offers excellent operas but also stunning ballet performances. And just as described at the
Opera section, you can find an overview of all performances here (only in GE), sorted by the first day of of performance. Simply
click on the name of the opera you want to find out more about or order tickets for, and you will see all details and further dates
of performance.
Tickets can be bought at the evening counter an hour before the show, or at one of the advance ticket counters (only GE but with
all necessary phone numbers). It is highly recommended you use the excellent public transport system as the ticket includes the
fare for one round-trip on the day of performance. This allows you to use public transport beyond Nürnberg's city limits - for FREE!
You can use your tickets starting three hours before the show until 3 a.m. on the day of the show.


Classical Concerts Live on Your Computer
The Berliner Philharmoniker (in EN) have a very special offer for you: a Digital Concert Hall. You can watch a single concert for
just under 10 Euros comfortably from your home via your computer. You can also purchase a year's subscription. This is a very
special feature that brings together lovers of classical music from all over the world!




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