‘Things to Do’ in USAG Hessen Country

Compiled by the Hessen Garrison Public Affairs Offices


October 4, 2007


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Culture & Fun





Frankfurt & beyond






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DISCLAIMER:  The Public Affairs Office gathers information for ‘Things to Do’ from newspapers, websites and internal releases; readers are advised that dates, times or locations of events may change.  



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Greater Hanau area


Family events

‚      Single soldier events

 Kids & teenager events

Ronneburg castle: Medieval festival, Oct. 6-7

From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on all three weekends, plus Oct. 3 which is a German holiday. The big medieval “spectaculum” features alternating theater, music and reenactment performances as well as a join-in theater performance. There will be a huge knights’ camp and a train of over 300 active participants, artists, merchants, and artisans in front of the castle and on the castle premises. Old arts crafts are brought back to life and visitors will see knights in armor wearing weapons. A big medieval “bathing house” is inviting visitors to have a bath. During the Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 6-7 weekends bow and arrow tournaments will be held. The event takes place rain or shine. The admission fee is € 10 for adults, €6 for kids ages 5 and older, €23 for families with one kid, €28 for families with two and more kids. Ronneburg castle is located on a hilltop overlooking the town of Ronneburg (from Hanau take A66 toward Fulda, exit at Langenselbold and follow Ronneburg signs). More info (in German) at www.burg-ronneburg.de


Hanau: Irish Pub schedule of events

The Irish Pub is at Lamboystrasse 52, 63452 Hanau (adjacent to Yorkhof Kaserne), Web site www.irishpubhanau.de, tel. (0163) 218 4076 & (0163) 218 4075. The venue runs a Biergarten (opens at 6 p.m. during the summer if the weather is fine) and has a sufficient number of parking spaces. All evening events begin, if not otherwise indicated, on or about 9 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 4: Karaoke (www.andy-pfaelzer.de/down/index.php) - party with the “King of Karaoke” Andy Pfälzer. His singing talents and moderation skills are the best guarantee for a most entertaining evening. Karaoke night is held every first and third Thursday of the month beginning at 9 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 5: Peter Collins (www.petercollins.de) - the group ’Peter Collins' features two of the most influential singer/songwriters in music history. The protagonists Peter Gabriel & Phil Collins were not only successful as solo artists; as ex-lead singers of Genesis they also landed innumerable hits.

Saturday, Oct. 6: Blue Onions (www.blueonions.de) – Blue Onions consists of nine musicians - all brothers - who thrill their audience with the music of the legendary Blues Brothers. The band does not only cover the most popular songs of the Blues Brothers but the entire range of R ‘n’ B around Jake and Elwood. Every single one of the musicians is a master on his instrument.


Hanau: The Hanau Jazzkeller presents “Jazz-Trio Infernale,” Oct. 5  

At 9 p.m. at the Jazzkeller in the Kesselstadt district of Hanau [Philippsruher Allee 22, 63450 Hanau], website www.jazzkeller-hanau.de; €6 entrance fee. The trio plays a major role in the Frankfurt jazz scene. It comprises a piano, contrabass and drums. Naturally, the musicians do not only play “infernally” but also present soft ballads as well as ‘excursions on the piano,’ e.g. into the world of Chick Corea and into ‘swinging baroque’ (who does not know Jacques Loussier?), as well as ‘swinging Chopin.’ FYI: In accordance with the new Hessian Law on Non-Smoker Protection, the Jazzkeller is a non-smoking area effective Oct. 1, 2007.


Hanau: The Hanau Jazzkeller presents “Disco,” Oct. 6  

At 9 p.m. at the Jazzkeller in the Kesselstadt district of Hanau [Philippsruher Allee 22, 63450 Hanau], website www.jazzkeller-hanau.de; €3 entrance fee. A disco party in the Jazzkeller??? Yes! In response to special requests by some of our members and regular guests. Music from the 70ies till today including rock, pop, soul, funk and more featuring DJ Martina at the turntables: FYI: In accordance with the new Hessian Law on Non-Smoker Protection, the Jazzkeller is a non-smoking area effective Oct. 1, 2007.


Hanau: Moni's Jazz Jam at the Jazzkeller, Oct. 15 FREE!

At 9 p.m. at the Jazzkeller in the Kesselstadt district of Hanau [Philippsruher Allee 22, 63450 Hanau]. Every third Monday of the month "It’s Session Time!" at Hanau’s Jazzkeller. This is a forum for musicians to jam and establish new contacts. Everybody is invited to join with his/her instrument or voice – variety program guaranteed! Guests listen to the music or engage in conversations — rarely has there been a more relaxed coexistence between the musicians and the audience. The entrance is free! FYI: In accordance with the new Hessian Law on Non-Smoker Protection, the Jazzkeller is a non-smoking area effective Oct. 1, 2007.


Büdingen: Special exhibition “Büdingen during the late Middle Ages,” through Dec. 1

The exhibit at the Heuson-Museum in the historical town hall focuses on handicrafts and commerce. Models of the historical town of Büdingen and Karlspforte (name of a town gate) will be shown in the market hall dating from 1458 along with demonstrations of the activities of the following craftsmen: masons, stonemasons, potters, cooks, innkeepers, tubbers, tailors, winegrowers and writers. Call (06042) 2853 for more information.


Büdingen: Medieval dinner (four-course menu) at Gasthaus Bleffe, Oct. 26

The dinner program will begin at 8 p.m. featuring the female innkeeper and the cupbearer in a variety entertainment program. The cost of the 4-course dinner and the program is €32.50 per person. Patrons will be introduced to the “rustic” table manners of the Middle Ages. Further medieval dinners will be held at Gasthaus Bleffe on Dec. 7, 15 & 21 at 8 p.m. respectively. For more information and reservations contact: Tourist-Information Büdingen, Marktplatz 9, 63654 Büdingen, tel. (06042-96370), email to info@buedingen-touristik.de


Bad Orb: Ride the historical steam train to Wächtersbach & back, through Oct. 28

The historical steam train “Emma” departs from the Bad Orb train station on Sundays and German holidays at 11:10 am / 1:35 pm and 3:35 pm respectively. The train departs from Wächtersbach train station at 11:52 a.m., 2:27 p.m. and 4:27 p.m. Call the Bad Orb Tourist Information at civ (06052) 8383 for details.


Erlensee: Tanzcafe Pascha presents “It’s Paschatime” on Fridays

“It’s Paschatime” every Friday at 9 p.m. Enjoy black music, club classics, house and today’s best mix provided by DJ K.C. The entrance fee of €6 includes a midnight BBQ. The discotheque is at Rhönstrasse 9 in 63526 Erlensee. Visit www.tanzcafe-pascha.de for more information (only German pages).


Erlensee: Tanzcafe Pascha presents “Saturday Night Fever” on Saturdays

Every Saturday at 9 p.m. (open-end) DJ K.C. plays disco fox, dance classics, and today’s best music mix at Tanzcafe Pascha, Rhönstrasse 9 in 63526 Erlensee. €6 entrance fee. Visit www.tanzcafe-pascha.de for more information (only German pages).


Hanau: Brunch & live country music at the Dampflok on Sundays and German holidays

The venue hosts a “Country Music Brunch” every Sunday and on German holidays beginning at 11 a.m. The music is provided by alternating country bands. The Dampflok pub/restaurant is adjacent to the Hauptbahnhof (Hanau central train station) main building. Call the restaurant at (06181) 31405 for details and reservations.


Hanau: Goldsmith House offers tours for English speaking groups

Call civ. (06181) 256556 or send email to Christina.gaertner@gfg-hanau.de to register your group. The exhibition of the Goldschmiedehaus Hanau (Goldsmith House) is open Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Goldsmith House is on Altstädter Markt 6, 63450 Hanau. Phone: (06181) 256556, fax (06181) 256554, email gfg-hanau@t-online.de. For more information on the Goldsmith House visit www.hanau.de/kultur/museen/artikel/00583 (English page available).


Hanau-Großauheim: Italian restaurant features lunch specials & more

“Ristorante Pizzeria Malvina,” Brückenstrasse 1 (corner where Brückenstraße and Hanauer Landstrasse intersect) offers Italian food at a decent price in Mediterranean ambience seven days a week. A separate non-smoking section is available. On top of the regular menu the restaurant features the following lunch specials Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Monday is “Pizza Day,” every pizza for €4.50, Tuesday is “Pasta Day,” every pasta dish for €4.50, Wednesday is “Salad Day,” every salad for €4.50, Thursday is “Schnitzel Day,” every schnitzel for €7, Friday is “Red Wine Day,” with an order of at least €20 you will receive a free bottle of red wine or of your favorite soft drink. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5-11:30 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 11 p.m. Restaurant owners Giovanni & Mia Malvina – who speak some English - are looking forward to hosting you. Home delivery is also available — call civ. (06181) 3005945 to order.


Hanau-Wolfgang: Gasthaus Wolfgang offers discounts for service members & their families

Families with kids are most welcome at Gasthaus Wolfgang, Argonner Weg 1, 63457 Hanau. Children age 6 and younger get a free soft drink (0.2 l) and a choice of pizza, pasta or French fries (kid’s serving). Children age 7 and older pay only half the price for all food and beverage orders. Lunch special (noon to 2 p.m.): American patrons get a free beverage along with their meal. Tuesday: Happy Hour (drink two, pay one). The restaurant is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Tullio, Giovanni and Gianni are looking forward to serving you. Call the restaurant at civ (06181) 55372 for more information.


Restaurants in the greater Hanau area

Find an extensive list (6 pages) of local restaurants at www.hanau.army.mil/HanauWeb/recreation/recreation_type.asp?catid=2


Visit the picturesque town of Büdingen, former home to 1/1 Cavalry

Check out the following English pages on Büdingen’s homepage:

Die Altstadt entdecken - Ein Rundgang durch die Altstadt (Discover the old city – guided tour through the historical part of town);

Rathaus (Town Hall);

Schloss- und Museumsführungen (Guided castle and museum tours);

Das Büdinger Urhaus (Büdingen ‘Urhaus’ – one of the oldest half-timbered houses in the state of Hessen dating from the 14th century);

Tagesausflüge in Büdingen und Umgebung (Day trips to the nearby countryside).

For more information on the city of Büdingen go to www.buedingen-touristik.de/inhalt/index_main.htm (click on British flag in top right corner).


Glauberg: Archaeological Park Glauberg - Enter the World of the Celts

Ancient tribes started settling in the area of the Glauberg mountain range about 7,000 years ago. Today two Celtic graves and pottery remind visitors of the lives of these settlers. Not too much is known about the Celts and their traditions. Most of it remains a mystery. The Archeological Park Glauberg allows visitors to take an inside look at the lifestyle and myths of these tribes. The guided tours are between one and 3 ½ hours. Cost of the tour is per group. Groups can be up to 30 people.

Route (tour) #1: Historical Museum Glauberg (approximately 1 hour) €30; reduced €24.

Route (tour) #2: Historical Museum and Celtic graveyards (approximately 1 ½ hours) €45; reduced €36.

Route (tour) #3: Historical Museum, Celtic graveyards, mountain plateau (approximately 3 hours) €90; reduced €72.

Route (tour) #4: Historical Museum, Celtic graveyards, mountain plateau and water reservoir (approximately 3 ½ hours) €105; reduced €84. For an additional €2 per person the museum features a tour guide in a Celtic costume who will be serving mead (honey wine) or apple juice to the visitors. Other tours, besides the above-mentioned routes, are also available. All tours can be booked in English or German. Soldiers will pay the reduced price. For further information and registration contact the Glauberg Historical Museum at (06041) 969550 or email medschinski@keltenwelt-am-glauberg.de . Directions: From Hanau take autobahn A45 toward Giessen and exit at “Altenstadt/Büdingen.” Follow the brown signs “Archäologischer Park Glauberg” leading to the village of “Glauberg.” After entering the village, follow the “Umleitung” sign and take the first turn on your right. At the end of the road turn right again. After leaving the village, follow the road up to the parking lot of the visitor center (information as of July 8, 2006). If the “Umleitung” sign has been removed, take a right after the pedestrian light and drive up Düdelsheimer Weg. More info (in German) at www.keltenfuerst.de and www.glauberg.de  


Wasserkuppe Summer Toboggan Run and bob run throughout the year

The Wasserkuppe bob run is open even during the winter season. The difference to regular toboggan runs is that the bobs are not freely moving, but are fastened to steel rails. During the summer months there are two additional summer toboggan runs. The run downhill takes about 2 to 5 minutes. Adults pay €2 per run, €9 for six runs or €20 for a day pass. Children ages 3 to 14 pay €1.50 per run, €7 for six runs or €16 for a day pass. (Children must be age 3 or older). Groups of 15 or more are granted following discount: Adults pay €1.50 and children €1 per run. For directions log on to www.wiegandslide.com/63.html. More information available (in German) at www.wiegandslide.com/wasserkuppe-sommerrodelbahn-rhoenbob.html  


More leisure and amusement parks http://www.hanau.army.mil/HanauWeb/recreation/recreation_type.asp?catid=9


Nidderau-Windecken: Visit the Gothic church on Thursdays, 3-5 p.m.

The “Stiftskirche” church in Windecken is one of the most important sights of the Nidderau area. Three years ago the renovated Gothic church was opened to the public. English tours are available on the first and third Thursday of each month or by special arrangement (send email request to heinrich.quillmann@t-online.de )



Greater Wiesbaden area

General information

à For directions, go to www.de.map24.com

à For train connections, go to www.rmv.de or www.bahn.de (available in English.)

à For information on any city in Germany, go to www.[name of city].de.

    Examples: www.wiesbaden.de, www.mainz.de, www.nierstein-oppenheim.de

à Wiesbaden Tourist Office: Markt St. 6, 65183 Wiesbaden, tel. 0611 / 1729-930.

à Mainz Tourist Office: Brückenturm - Am Rathaus, , tel. 061 31-2 86 21 24.





Oppenheim, Nierstein and Guntersblum Events

October 14       Bodenheim                                Bodenheim Onion Cake and Hiking Day

October 20-21      Oppenheim                            Katharinenmarkt (Fair) on historical market place

October 21       Oppenheim                                Shops and stores are open in town

November 12     Oppenheim                                St. Martin’s parade for children downtown



Rheinblick Oktober Fest Oct. 5

Start 6 p.m. with keg tapping at the Rheinblick Golf Course; one free beer till 7 p.m.


Bayless Conley at Wiesbaden-Nordenstadt church Oct. 5

Bayless Conley, pastor at Cottonwood Christian Center in Orange County, CA, will speak at the Wiesbaden Christian Center church in Nordenstadt Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. His TV program “Answers with Bayless Conley” is broadcasted in over 100 nations. For the church website and directions, see www.cz-wiesbaden.de. For more about Conley’s ministry, see www.answersbc.org.


Clubnight of the 90s at Rhein-Main Hallen in Wiesbaden October 6

The famous American DJ George Morel and Frankfurt’s DJ-Icon Tom Wax will play Electro- and House

Scene Music for 7 hours on Saturday Night starting at 10 p.m..  Cost per person is 10 Euro.  Don’t’ miss it. www.wiesbaden.de


Vienna Classic at the Wiesbaden Kurhaus October 10

Treasures of Beethoven, Mozart and many others at 8 p.m..  Enjoy a high class concert at the Kurhaus, Kurhausplatz 1, 65189 Wiesbaden.  Tel: 0611-1729930 or check www.wiesbaden.de/kurhaus for prices.


Octoberfest in Mainz-Hechtsheim October 10-21

Numerous carnies will offer rides and all types of amusement booths for small and grown-up visitors.  The big fair wheel will be overlooking the city of Mainz and its outskirts for a time period of 11 days.  A super entertainment program is planned in the 4000 square meter large tent with 3200 seats.  But there is also an opportunity to spend your time in a 2000 square meter tent in which there will be no music or shows.  Opens Mon thru Fri at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m., and Sundays at 11 a.m.. For more information check  www.oktoberfest-in-mainz.de


Art Works in the Windows of Shops and Stores in Idstein from October 12 to November 12

The city center of Idstein will turn into an art gallery from Mid October to Mid November when artists display their works in the windows of the local stores.  The opening takes place on October 12, at 7p.m. in the Gerberhaus with a vernissage of the exhibit “Gone with the Wind.”  Unlike the art displayed in the store windows, objects and paintings shown there relate to the subject.   An auction of art works of the participating artists will be conducted on October 22.  Proceeds will be donated to the Bärenherz Foundation in Wiesbaden, which supports terminally ill children and their families.  www.idstein.de


Items of Needlework Exhibition and Sales, Michelstadt, October 13 and 14

Title:  “Sticheleien” – vom Faden zum Kunstwerk

Shown in different areas if the “Altstadt” and the celler at the historical city hall

Entrance fee for adults € 4

70 vendors offer their items and show different techniques

Plan to stay the whole day, as there is so much history and so much to see

Strip map and additional info:  www.odenwaldmaerkte.de and www.michelstadt.de


Night of the Drums in Mainz October 27

Breathtaking, 3-hour drum show performed by 5 regional percussionist who will take you into the world

of Beats and Rhythms at Phoenix Halle in Mainz Hechtsheim.  Admission starts at 6.30 p.m. and costs

20,55 Euro per person.  www.stadt-mainz.de 


Shops and stores in Mainz open Sunday afternoon, October 28

Mainz gives its citizens an opportunity, to do some special shopping downtown from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.. 


Flamenco Bailando at Frankfurter Hof in Mainz October 28

The 8-year old Flamenco School of Mainz will perform a variety of ballet and Flamenco dances from classical to modern to Arabian styles from back when the Moors invaded Spain.   The second part of their show is dominated by the famous Spanish bull fights.  Starts at 6 p.m. and costs 10,32 Euro per person at Frankfurter Hof, Augustinerstrasse 55,  55116 Mainz.  Tel: 06131-220438 www.stadt-mainz.de


Culinaria in Wiesbaden November 23 to 25

International specialties, wines and food will be offered at Rhein-Main Hallen in Wiesbaden, plus everything

You always wanted to know about gourmet cooking in a three-day special event called Culinaria.  On the last day, November 25, Frank Buchholz, who owns a restaurant in Mainz and is one of the world’s first-class star cook will prepare specialties in a show cooking event.  www.culinaria-wiesbaden.de or www.wiesbaden.de


Benefit Concert in the Mainz Castle November 25

The Rotary-Orchestra of Germany will perform pieces from Giacomo Puccini, Max Bruch and Charles Gounod

in the Mainz Castle accompanied by choirs from the city of Worms to collect money for the reconstruction

of the Elector’s Castle.  Kurfuerstliches Schloss, Peter-Altmeier-Allee, 55116 Mainz. Tel: 06131-2420.

www.stadt-mainz.de or check with Touristik Centrale Mainz, Tel: 06131-286210.


Pre-Christmas Market at Jagdschloss Platte November 25

The Office for Forest and Green Areas Preservation will host a small pre-market at the Jagdschloss Platte to sell fresh coniferous branches, flowers, mistletoes, and other decoration material fresh cut in the local forests so you can design and arrange your very own Advent wreath.  Should you like to try game meat you can purchase portions of deer or wild boar or try some forest honey. The horn players will perform from

11 a.m. to 1 p.m..  www.wiesbaden.de   


Ruedesheim and other historic locations

Click www.kult-tour-ruedesheim.de for more (English) information and tours along the Rhine River.


The city of Rüdesheim will celebrate St. Gallustag (St. Gallus Day) with hosting a medieval spectacle and market at Brömserburg (Castle) October 12 to 14.  


From October 26 to 28, Rüdesheim celebrates the end of the grape harvest with a wine fest on new wine (Federweißer). 


November 2 to 4,  Rüdesheim's Autum ends with a festival called "Days of Young Wine."


Landesgartenschau (state garden show) in Bingen

ends October 19 www.landesgartenschau-bingen.de

à Bars & Clubs



Party Tunes on Fridays and House Deluxe - Electronic Music on Saturdays at 10 p.m.

Ebene 0,

Kirchgasse 66 , 65183 Wiesbaden

Infotelefon: 0611/5058558

Weekend Tunes Fridays and Saturdays

Admission starts at 11 p.m.

Große Bleiche 17 – 23, 55116 Mainz Altstadt

Music Night on Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Siemensstraße 1
65205 Wiesbaden Nordenstadt


Saturday Nights at 8 p.m.

Schlachthof Discos
Gartenfeldstraße 57
65189 Wiesbaden
Infotelefon: 0611/974450
Telefax: 0611/9744520


Clubparty Every Friday and Saturday

at 10 p.m.
(House, Black, Classics,Rock) Starclub
Holzhofstraße 1
55116 Mainz Altstadt
Infotelefon: 06131/603871

Disco and DJs every Friday and Saturday at

10 p.m.


Nerotal 66                   

65193 Wiesbaden
Infotelefon: 0611/5316030


Rock, Pop, Soul, Reggae, or Hip Hop every

Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Gestüt Renz, Nerostraße 24, 65183 Wiesbaden Mitte,  0611-1851267 www.gestuet-renz.com


Music Fun and Games at the Session’s Every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Session, Walraustraße 1, 65183 Wiesbaden,  www.session-wiesbaden.de  


Club Night at the Park Café May 26

at 10 p.m.

Park Cafe

Wilhelmstraße 36 

65183 Wiesbaden                           
Infotelefon: 0611/3413246


Zocalo Club in Wiesbaden – Soul in the City every

Tuesday and Friday night with the best DJ’s.  Every Saturday is Salsa night. The Zocalo Club is located on Taunusstrasse, 9.  Check

www.zocalo-club.de or call 0611/524160


Jazz at the Kulturcafe Every Wednesday at 9.30 p.m.


Johnannes Gutenberg University, Becherweg 5

(Old Cafeteria), 55128 Mainz. Admission is free.



Play grounds and checks on their safety and condition in or outside living areas:



New on Wiesbaden Neroberg  “Rope Climbing for Children (smaller children)”

Internet: www.kletterwald-neroberg.de

Visit the city of Bacharach on the Rhine River

Bacharach's very name relates to Celtic roots. The town's original name "Baccaracus" roughly translates to "Celtic manor of Baccarus."  The first historic record dates back to the year 923 however, it is somewhat disputed with another more certain record which dates back to 1019.  The Stahleck Castle was built in the 11th Century and at first the home of the reeves of the Archbishop of Cologne. In the 12th Century, it became the residence of the Count Palatine and the center of the Rhenish Palatinate.  At the beginning of the 13th Century and during medieval times the city gained economic prosperity because of its favorable location on the Rhine River, which turned into a major trading, storing and trans-shipping location for wine and wood.  Today, the town presents most of its preserved ancient town walls, the Stahleck castle (now, one of the nicest youth hostels within the Rhine River Valley), the gothic Wernerkapelle, and the Stahlberg ruins in the village of Steeg besides many other attractions.  A comprehensive network of hiking trails, ship routes along the Rhine River and a variety of restaurants and hotels with wonderful dining and wine tasting facilities attracts tourists from all over the world.  Look for: the "Altes Haus", at the market square;  Wernerkapelle; the old "Posthof";  the protestant church of St. Peter;  the Stahleck Castle;  the customs yard with the catholic Church of St. Nikolaus; the “Kurpfälzische Münze,”  the former mint;  the “Kurpfälzer Amtskeller,” now the Bacharach’s town hall;  the ring wall and towers of the old town wall; many picturesque half-timbered houses; the protestant Church of St. Anna in Steeg; the ruins of Stahlberg castle in Steeg; the Roman road in the "Kühlberg" area.  www.bacharach.de


16 Historical Hiking Routes Around Geisenheim

The Geisenheim tourist office offers maps that introduce as many as 16 different hiking routes.  One of them is called the “Mirabellenbaum,“ (yellow plumb tree) located in the forest of Marienthal.  This remarkable tree does not bear any yellow fruits, but beechnuts.  Presumably, the name originates from the Latin word mirabilis and means wonderful. The 300-year old beech tree is supposed to be the oldest - and based on its 15.5 ft diameter - the most impressive tree of its kind in the Rheingau.   All hiking routes are between three and seven kilometers (2-4.5 miles) long with 240 ft change in altitude.  The maps with historical info on each described (only in German) trail can be purchased for € 2.50 each at the city hall, restaurants or bookstores in Geisenheim.  www.geisenheim.de


Eberbach Monastery

LaienrefektoriumThe Eberbach Monastery, with its array of impressive buildings especially from the 12th to the 14th century in Eltville-Kiedrich, is the most important medieval architectural work of art in the State of Hesse. Check out this historic monument for the architecture or for one of its famous wine tastings.



Go out to dinner, cut price in half, purchase your copy of the Wiesbaden Schlemmerbook (Gourmet book)

49 Restaurants in Wiesbaden and surrounding areas provide services at reduced cost.

Shown in the booklet as a 2:1, provide the coupon to the listed restaurant owner and one main course of the menu (the lower priced one) is free, when two people eat.

Shown as 2:1 with a clock , adds another 12 restaurants offering the same thing, but under time stipulations (i.e. certain days of the week).

2:1 shown with a wine glass, on drink is free (no free meal)

+S no free meal, but some special i.e. the appetizer for one person might by free

+F stands for a free spare time activity i.e. no fee for the pool, theater, etc.

Important:  It is safe to call and confirm the coupon can be used on the desired day/night

It is imperative to let the waiter know in advance you intend to pay one meal with a coupon, otherwise his cash register is messed up.  May be ordered toll free at 0800 85 85 085 for € 24.90



Glide Along the majestic rivers in Europe with the World’s Leading River Cruise Line

Walk right off of your ship into the heart of your destination to explore both, the cosmopolitan cities and quaint villages. English speaking guides bring history and culture to your life.  Learn more about special river tours under www.vikingrivercruises.com or mail to info@vikingrivercruises.com or call 0221-2586-209.


16 Historical Hiking Routes Around Geisenheim

The Geisenheim tourist office offers maps that introduce as many as 16 different hiking routes.  One of them is called the “Mirabellenbaum,“ (yellow plumb tree) located in the forest of Marienthal.  This remarkable tree does not bear any yellow fruits, but beechnuts.  Presumably, the name originates from the Latin word mirabilis and means wonderful. The 300-year old beech tree is supposed to be the oldest - and based on its 15.5 ft diameter - the most impressive tree of its kind in the Rheingau.   All hiking routes are between three and seven kilometers (2-4.5 miles) long with 240 ft change in altitude.  The maps with historical info on each described (only in German) trail can be purchased for € 2.50 each at the city hall, restaurants or bookstores in Geisenheim.  www.geisenheim.de



Enjoy an open-air history museum north of A 66. 

Exhibition “The magic of steam trains in Hessen” with demonstration of cattle feeding, bread baking, housewife’s work, making adobes/clay bricks, weaving and wool processing.  www.hessenpark.de








After-work Shipping

Enjoy a swimming disco on the Main and Rhein Rivers with friends and colleagues. Hot beats and delicious snacks and beverages every Wednesday, starting 4 July thru 26 September. 

Departure in Mainz at the Fischtor gate at 6.45 p.m. and return at 10.15 p.m.

Departure from Wiesbaden-Biebrich (by the Castle) at 7.15 p.m. – return at 10.45 p.m. Admission is 12,50 Euro per person.  See www.p-d-e.de or www.primus-linie.de


Mainz Card - Your Ticket of Discovery

Banner Mainz Card. Touristische Rabattkarte. (Quelle: Stadt Mainz)The Mainz Card offers over 50 special discounts for culture, leisure, hotels and sightseeing. With the Mainz Card you can travel free of charge on all public transport (bus, tram, S-Bahn, RB, SE, RE) in Mainz and Wiesbaden (Fare zone 65) and to Frankfurt Airport (Fare zone 5090).

Available from:

Mainz Tourist Office, MVG Travel Centre at the main station (Bahnhofsplatz 6a) and at many hotel receptions, in the Gutenberg Museum and Natural History Museum


Bahn Card – Discover Germany or Europe with only One Pass

A popular and painless way to see Germany and Europe is to see it by train. At http://www.bahn.de, available in English by clicking the “International Guests” link, there are several ways to save money on train tickets.

Depending on how long you plan to stay in Germany, how much you travel and how much time you can book in advance, there are different offers provided for you.

Passengers spending more than 200 Euro a year on rail travel should consider investing on a BahnCard 25 or 50 to receive 25 or 50 percent off of a fare anytime. If you get your ticket three days in advance or earlier, you may also receive the 50 percent reduction with a BahnCard 25 if space is available.

A BahnCard 25 costs 51.50 EUR (second class) and 103.00 EUR for first class. The BahnCard 50 costs 206.00 EUR (second class) or 412.00 EUR for first class.

The BahnCard 50 is offered at half price to certain groups including children, students below the age of 27 and senior citizens over 60.

For a flat fee of 3300.00 EUR (second class) and 5500.00 EUR for first class can travel for free on all DB-trains for 12 months from the date of issue with the BahnCard 100.


With the BahnCard you can also save when traveling abroad. In addition to your BahnCard discount on the DB rail network you get a 25% discount on the regular price in 29 European countries for an annual fee of only 15.00 EUR.

Discover Germany and Europe with only one pass.  The Eurail Global Pass is the European Rail Pass with the most extensive travel possibilities: practically unlimited travel in 18 Eurail Global Pass countries: Austria (including Liechtenstein), Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France (including Monaco), Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. A Eurail pass can cost anywhere from $569.00 to $1,615.00, depending on how long you plan to travel. A Eurail pass can be bought at http://www.eurail.com/.


UGreater Giessen area

Tickets to any show/concert throughout the State of Hesse can be purchased at "Dürerhaus Kühn" located on Seltersweg (Giessen downtown shopping area close to Kaufhof).


1 – 7 October – Herbstmesse

The event takes place at the Messeplatz, Ringallee


Greater Baumholder area




Frankfurt & beyond

For more information on Frankfurt go to www.frankfurt.de and click on ‘English’  

* Concerts/Opera/Theater/Shows *

More info on concerts & entertainment shows in Germany at www.pollstar.com / www.divento.com / www.konzertkarten-online.com / www.star-concerts.de / www.musikveranstaltungen.de / www.getog.de Tickets for concerts, theater performances and sports games can be ordered at above websites or can be purchased locally in Frankfurt-Ticket (former CD-Tickets), Hanau, market square, tel. 06181-258555 (open Mon-Fri 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., and Sat from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.); more info also at www.cd-tickets.de  The most important concert venues in Frankfurt are: Alte Oper - www.alteoper.de, Jahrhunderthalle - www.jahrhunderthalle.de and Festhalle www.festhalle.de).


Oct. 10              The Police (Sting, Stewart Copeland & Andy Summers), Mannheim, SAP Arena [Xaver-Fuhr-Strasse 150, 68163 Mannheim], 8 p.m.

Oct. 13              The Police (Sting, Stewart Copeland & Andy Summers), Düsseldorf, LTU arena [LTU-arena-Strasse 1, 40474 Düsseldorf] 6:15 p.m. (€70 - €117).

Oct. 16              Rod Stewart “Greatest Hits 2007” Tour, Mannheim, SAP ARENA [Xaver-Fuhr-Strasse 150, 68163 Mannheim], 8 p.m. (€70.80 - €94).

Oct. 18              De La Soul & After-show-party, Frankfurt, Cocoon Club [Carl-Benz-Str. 21, 60386 Frankfurt], 9 p.m., €24.47.

Oct. 21              Rod Stewart “Greatest Hits 2007” Tour, Frankfurt, Festhalle [Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt], 8 p.m. (€76.60 - €99.80).

Oct. 23             Joe Cocker – Hymn for my soul tour 2007, Frankfurt, Festhalle [Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt], 8 p.m. (€41.34 - €58.59).

Oct. 24             Bundeswehr Bigband, Bad Orb, Konzerthalle [Kurpark 1, 63619 Bad Orb], 8 p.m. (€19-€22). Advance sale tickets at tel. (06052) 8326.

Oct. 25             Joe Cocker – Hymn for my soul tour 2007, Mannheim, SAP ARENA [Xaver-Fuhr-Strasse 150, 68163 Mannheim], 8 p.m. (€43.64 - €59.74).

Oct.25-27          German Jazz Festival, Frankfurt, HR-Sendesaal (Radio/TV station) [Bertramstr. 8, 60320 Frankfurt], 7 p.m. (€35.95 - €82.30)

Oct. 26             Joe Cocker – Hymn for my soul tour 2007, Trier, Arena Trier [Fort-Worth-Platz 1, 54292 Trier], 8 p.m. (€45.70 - €52.70).

Nov. 2-4 NEW!   Riverdance – The original show (Irish step dance show), Frankfurt-Höchst, Jahrhunderthalle [ Pfaffenwiese, 65929 Frankfurt], Fri 8 p.m., Sat 5 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. (€51 - €103).

Nov. 6               Take That (Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange & Mark Owen), Frankfurt, Festhalle [Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt] 8 p.m. (€63 - €72.20).

Nov. 23             Rihanna, Frankfurt-Höchst, Jahrhunderthalle [Pfaffenwiese, 65929 Frankfurt], 8 p.m. (€43.75-€39.15)

Dec. 3               Marilyn Manson, Offenbach, Stadthalle [Waldstraße 312, 63071 Offenbach], 8 p.m., (€44)


Frankfurt area

For more information on Frankfurt go to www.frankfurt.de and click on ‘English’  


Frankfurt: Palmengarten, “Chrysanthemums”, 12 Oct – 4 Nov NEW!

This special exhibit shows the variety these popular fall flowers offer.  Other flowers that bloom in fall will round off the event.  Opening hours are 9a.m. to 6 p.m. through October, from 9 a.m. to 4p.m. starting November.  For more information  call 069-212-3 39 39, email info.palmengarten@stadt-frankfurt.de or visit the website at www.palmengarten.frankfurt.de (available in English).


Bad Nauheim: Steam train ride through the Wetterau, through Oct. 21

The train leaves Bad Nauheim-Nord on the first and third Sunday of each month at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The trip goes to Mϋnzenberg, which is an hour-long ride. From Mϋnzenberg you can take the train back at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. On every third Sunday of each month a fairy tale wagon will be attached to the train. There children and adults can listen to German fairy tales (in German) while enjoying the romantic train ride. Drinks and little snacks are served in the food wagon. Tickets for a single ride cost €7 for adults and €4 for children. Round trip tickets are €12 for adults and €7 for children. Train schedule for the remainder of 2007: Sept. 2 & 16, Oct. 7 & 21 at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. from the train station Bad Nauheim-Nord. The train departs from Münzenberg at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. In December 2007 and January 2008 the following rides will take place: Santa Claus ride on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. at 4:15 p.m. and New Year’s ride on Jan. 1 at noon at 3 p.m. For further information call civ. (06032) 929229 or go to www.ef-wetterau.de (in German).


Weilrod (Taunus mountains): “Vogelburg” Bird Park, open daily until Oct. 31

Twenty-five years ago a small park was established as an asylum, old age residence and kennel for “parrots in distress." In the meantime the bird park has grown and now features more than 700 macaws, cockatoos and Amazons. The reason why the parrots come to live in the park are multiple: the owners may not have kept them properly, they may have been overstrained with keeping or raising a parrot or they may have deceased. Thousands of tons of natural stone have been used to build castle-like walls that provide the birds a home where they live in aviaries or in liberty. Many of the park's birds are tame, can be fed and surprise the visitors with their acrobatic tricks and speaking skills. They feel at home in the park, that's the reason why they can be kept in liberty without having to crop their wings completely. Opening hours: March 15 - Oct. 31: Daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 1 to March 14: Only on Sundays & German holidays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. If the weather is nice the opening season may start earlier and/or end later. Call the bird park at (06083) 1845 for up-to date info on the opening hours. Entrance fees: €5 for adults, 3 for children (age 2-14 years). Groups of 20 (and more) adults : €3 per person; groups of 20 (and more) children: €2 per person. The "Vogelburg" bird park is at 61276 Weilrod/Taunus, www.vogelburg.de (English pages available).


Frankfurt: The English Theatre features “Cat on a hot tin roof,” Sept. 1 – Oct. 28

A play by Tennessee Williams. Excerpt from the English Theatre Web site: “ONE OF THE GREATEST WORKS IN AMERICAN THEATRE. Charged with verbal genius, savage humour, and sexual friction, this Pulitzer Prize winning drama is Tennessee Williams’s explosive portrait of a Mississippi family jeopardised by hypocrisy, greed, and hidden desires. In Big Daddy’s house nothing is as it seems. The overbearing millionaire firmly believes he’s in perfect health. His oldest son Cooper and daughter-in-law Mae secretly scheme to secure their inheritance. His son Brick, a dejected former football star, climbs inside a whisky bottle for solace, threatening his marriage to the sensuous Maggie. And Maggie “the Cat” fights to win back her husband and preserve the family fortune.” Ticket prices are €19 - €30 (student prices from €14; gala premiere €50; reductions available for groups of 10 or more). The English Theatre is at Gallusanlage 7, 60329 Frankfurt. Performance times are Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 6 p.m. Tickets: Call (069) 242 316-20 or send mail to box-office@ENGLISH-THEATRE.ORG. For more information visit the English Theatre’s website at the www.english-theatre.org


Beach Clubs:

‘Galerie Beachclub,’ Frankfurt

Address: Riederhofstrasse 25, 60314 Frankfurt (’Osthafen’ - Port, Frankfurt-East). Opening hours: Monday and Tuesday closed/reserved for private functions. Weather permitting Wednesday through Friday beginning at 5 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and German holidays beginning at noon until 5 a.m. Check the website at http://beachclub.galerie-frankfurt.de to find out if the beach club is open or closed (look for “Status”). The beach club covering an area of 18,000 square meters is located directly on the banks of the Main River in the eastern part of Frankfurt. Hundreds of Mediterranean plants, more than one thousand tons of sand, wicker beach chairs, two cold water whirlpools, diverse bars, an Italian cafe and an open air stage with a dance floor add to the beach club’s unique Mediterranean flair. Free sports activities offered include beach volleyball, badminton, soccer, boccia, and table tennis. Water sports (to include wakeboarding, water ski and more) are offered daily for an extra fee. Massage treatments (Chinese and Western massage techniques) available on Wednesday and Thursday 6-9 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday 3-7 p.m. (massage fees: 5 min. €5; 10 min. €8; 20 min. €15). WEEKLY SPECIALS: On Wednesdays “After Work Party” beginning at 5 p.m. featuring an American barbecue buffet (€5 per person) and finest party grooves by DJ Da Silva, open-ended (free entrance and parking). Thursdays beginning at 5 p.m. “After Work Beach Party” featuring an Italian buffet (€5 per person) and fun music by DJ Chris, open-ended (free entrance until 8 p.m., after 8 p.m. €5). Fridays beginning at 5 p.m. “Hot Summer Nights” featuring “Best House Tunes” by DJ Da Silva until 5 a.m. (free entrance until 8 p.m., after 8 p.m. €5). Saturdays beginning at noon “From Marbella to Ibiza” featuring water sports and aqua fun, a beach volleyball cup; open air party with DJ Chris until 5 a.m. (€5 entrance fee). Sundays beginning at noon “Beach Club Family” featuring water sports and aqua fun, a barbecue brunch beginning at noon, Kids Club (children’s games and activities for kids ages 3 and older; €5 per kid including soft drinks), relaxing sounds by DJ Silva Nova (€5 entrance fee). Sundays beginning at 8 p.m. “Easy Sunday” sundown beats by D'George (hr3 Partygrooves), open-ended (free entrance). Directions: Coming from Hanau drive on autobahn 66 (direction Frankfurt) and get off at exit Maintal-Bischofsheim. Turn right at the light and continue straight until you reach a major intersection. Turn right again (onto B8) and continue until you enter the city of Frankfurt. Keep on going straight (Hanauer Landstrasse) until you reach another major intersection with an autobahn underpass. Keep on going straight through the underpass and take a left at the next light (follow sign ‘Osthafen’). Drive down Intzestrasse until the end and then turn left into Franziusstrasse. Continue straight until you hit another autobahn underpass, continue through the underpass and you are right there.


‘King Kamehameha Beach Club,’ Offenbach

Address: Hafeninsel 2, 63065 Offenbach

Opening hours: May through September, Mon-Thu from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Fri-Sat from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday/German holidays from noon to 1 a.m. (closed in case of rain). Website: www.king-kamehameha.de/front_content.php?idcat=5&lang=1 (only German pages). The beach club covers an area of 11,000 square meters with 5,000 tons of finest sand. It has three beach volleyball fields, two caged soccer fields (4 players per cage - €30 per hour), offers the possibility to water ski (info & registration at the ‘Kiosk’ stand), features a partly roofed dance floor, an exclusive lounge, beach beds, clay heaters for cooler nights, massage treatments, eateries with BBQ food and light cuisine and an Italian coffee shop. Little visitors will enjoy to explore the playground area with a big red sailing boat stranded on an island. Entrance fees range - depending on day and time - from €3 to €5. Free admission Mon-Fri from 3-6 p.m. Directions: At the ‘Kaiserlei’ traffic circle in Offenbach take exit toward ‘Hafen’ (port), stay on the priority road, drive down Nordring, turn left direction ‘Hafen 2’ shortly before you reach the bridge over the Main River and take the next right. SPECIALS: Saturdays “BeachClubbing” at the open air dance floor by the beach club’s resident DJs. Sundays “Naked Music Summer Spirit” featuring finest house sounds by Germany’s only “Naked Music” resident DJ Christian Floeck. Wednesdays “Corcovado” by guest DJs Envy & the Groove Rebels. Thursdays “Tranquilo” featuring finest chill out tunes.


Mainz Beach

Open daily 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. if the weather is nice. Admission is free. See http://www.rheinstrandmainz.de/, click ‘Anfahrt’ for directions.

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Long Island Lounge Frankfurt

Relax like in a Marina Club on the roof (7th floor) of the Frankfurt Börse (Stock Exchange) Parking Garage!

Access via Meisengasse St or Kaiserhof St. , right downtown Frankfurt, close to the Zeil shopping street.

Public transport: Take subs 1, 8 or 9 from Mainz/Wiesbaden and exit at ‘Hauptwache.’

Open daily 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Admission for children until 7 p.m.

Admission € 5 Mon – Fri after 6 p.m. and Sat – Sun after 11 a.m. Otherwise free.  See also www.longislandlounge.com

(* it’s gooood there! J )


Frankfurt: Salsa Night at Living XXL club in Frankfurt's Eurotower skyscraper‚

Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month; dinner at 7 p.m., party at 9:30 p.m.


Frankfurt: English movies at Turmpalast theater, Kinopolis, Harmonie, Orfeos Erben and others…

The Turmpalast theater [next to Eschenheimer Turm, Bleichstrasse 57] in Frankfurt shows a large variety of English-speaking films. For a schedule, visit www.wichary.de/filmpage/ and scroll down to “Turmpalast” and other movie theaters in Frankfurt and Höchst that show English language movies. Directions to Turmpalast: Take the train from Hanau to Hauptbahnhof and from there take the S-Bahn train to the Hauptwache stop. Or take the S-Bahn from Hanau and get off at Hauptwache. At the Galeria Kaufhof department store, take the road to the left. The theater is on the right by the tower.


Lama and alpaca tours through the picturesque Rheingau (greater Wiesbaden area)

With about 100 animals, Kisselmühle in Eltville is one of Germany’s biggest lama and alpaca farms. The tour prices depend on the length of the excursion. Half day tours – including a picnic - cost approximately €18 for adults and half the price for kids. Kisselmühle also features a petting zoo and offers special kids’ birthday deals. It also features a store that offers a wide range of products made of lama & alpaca wool (no food or beverages are sold, though). Prior registration is mandatory for all tours and other events. Call 06723-87360 or email rheingau@kisselmuehle.de ; visit www.kisselmuehle.de for details (only German pages). Directions: Kisselmühle is located directly behind Eberbach monastery in Eltville. Drive on A66 direction Wiesbaden/Rüdesheim. Take the Eltville/Kiedrich exit and follow the signs to Kloster Eberbach (monastery). Just before you reach the gateway to the monastery turn left onto the gravel road and follow it for about 1.5 kilometers.


Opel Zoo in Kronberg

Visit an African savannah in the middle of the Taunus hills featuring more that 1,000 animals and about 200 species from five continents. Attractions include African elephants, hippos, zebras, monkeys, giraffes, a petting zoo, a giant slide, trampolines and other kid’s attractions. Pony and camel rides are offered from March through October (pony rides €1.20, camel rides €1.70). The zoo has several barbeque areas which have to be booked prior to a visit (call 06173-79749), as well as plenty of eateries. Four-legged visitors are also welcome. Opel Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., a day pass costs €8 for adults, €5.50 for kids and €0.50 for dogs. More info (in German) at www.opel-zoo.de


Frankfurt Zoo

The zoo is located at Alfred-Brehm-Platz 16, 60316 Frankfurt (tel.: (069) 212-33735). More info at www.zoo-frankfurt.de (English pages available).


More leisure & amusement parks

Visit www.hanau.army.mil/HanauWeb/recreation/recreation_type.asp?catid=9 


Other areas


20 Oct – Aschaffenburg:  ‘ABBA Explosion’ at the Colos-Saal NEW!

Back to the 70’s and 80’s!  The band covers ABBA songs with a Latin and Carribean twist- or stays true to the original.  Prices are 9 Euros (pre-sale).The concert starts at 9 p.m. at the Colos-Saal in downtown Aschaffenburg, Roßmarkt 19.  More info at www.colos-saal.de (in German) or phone 06021 27239.


12 – 14 Oct – Fulda – 6th Ring Convention NEW!

The convention for Lord of the Ring fans takes place at the Esperanto-halle, Esperantoplatz, in Fulda.  Movie stars are present and give autographs, there will be live bands and a large medieval market.  For more information and tickets visit www.ringcon.de (available in English).


14 Sept – 7 Oct – Fulda – “Staatssicherheit – Garant der SED Diktatur” (history of the former East German national security)

The exhibit in the Vonderau Museum explores the history of national security in the German Democratic Republic (GDR).  It explains how the system worked for the former East German government and how it supported it.  The exhibit also talks about the fall of the SED (the East German Party) in 1989.

Opening hours are Tue – Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The museum is located at Jesuitenplatz 2.  For more information call 0661 928350 or email museum@fulda.de.


22 Sept – 7 Oct – Munich – Oktoberfest

It’s time again for one of Germany’s largest festivals.  It starts on the 22nd at noon.  One highlight is the traditional parade on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m.  Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 are family days with reduced prices on rides and food.  The Oktoberfest can be easily reached by public transportation.  For more information visit www.oktoberfest.de (available in English).


28 Sept – 14 Oct – Bad Cannstatt – Cannstatter Volkfest “Wasen”

The festival near Stuttgart is another large festival.  It starts on the 28th at 3 p.m.  A traditional parade starts at 11 a.m. on the 30th.  There are 2 family days on 4 and 10 October.  Those who love fireworks displays should visit on 14 October.  The musical fireworks start about 9:45 p.m.  You can get to the Volksfest by car or public transportation.  Check out the website at www.cannstatter-volksfest.de (in German) and click on Tourist Info – Anreise.  There will be a map at the “Anfahrtsplan im Detail” link to give more detailed directions.  For more information visit the website, email volksfest@in.stuttgart.de or call 0711-520893-300.


29 September – 7 October – Würzburg – Mainfranken-Messe

The fair offers a variety of exhibits from tourism to clothing to arts and crafts.  The fair is open daily from 9a.m. to 6 p.m.  On Friday, October 5, the fair stays open until 8 p.m.  From 4p.m. there will be reduced admission (4.50 Euro).  Prices are 8 Euro for adults. Children start at 4.50 Euro.


29 September – 14 October – Aschaffenburg – FLIC FLAC – No Limits!

Enjoy the new circus program at the Volksfestplatz.  It offers motorcycle stunts, exciting acrobatics, stunning high wire acts and much more.  For more information and online tickets visit www.circusflicflac.de (in German).


Through 31 October – Fulda – “Die Darmstädter Silberkammer”

The special exhibition features silver art from the 16th through the 19th century.  The pieces were created for daily use as well as decoration.  The collection includes cutlery, goblets, dishes and fountains for display on tables.  The exhibit is located in the Schloss Fasanerie near Fulda.  Opening hours: Tue – Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  For more information call 0661-94860, email museum@schloss-fasanerie.de or visit www.schloss-fasanerie.de (available in English).


6 October – Bad Brückenau – Staatsbad – “Fest der 1000 Lichter” – Octoberfest

The festival of 1000 lights illuminating the area, are background for a traditional Octoberfest setting.  Location is the Wandelhalle at the Staatsbad.  Admission is free.


20 Oct – 6 Jan 08 – Aschaffenburg – “Das Goldene Mainzer Evangeliar” NEW!

The „Evangeliar“ from 1250 is of one of the most valuable treasures at Aschaffenburg’s Hofbibliothek (castle’s library).  It was originally meant for use in the liturgy for the Mainz Cathedral.  The life of Christ is being told in golden letters and colorful pictures.  In addition, other scripts and objects of art are on display at the Stiftsmuseum, Stiftsplatz 1a. For more information call 06021/330-463 or 330-446 or email romanik@aschaffenburg.de.  Opening Hours: Tue – Sun from 9a.m. to 6 p.m.


„Cheese-Olympics in Oberstdorf” Oct. 26 - 28

It’s supposed to become a big family festivity and an event for gourmets and cheese lovers.  Germany hosts for the first time the “Mountain Cheese Olympics” from October 26 to 28, in Oberstdorf.  The organizers expect more than 400 different types of cheeses, from several European regions organized in different categories, which are tested under specified quality criterion by a jury.  Minimum qualification requirement:  The milk for the cheeses must come from cows grazing in altitudes higher than 600 meters (650yds).  Additional info:  www.oberstdorf.de


10 - 11 Nov - – Würzburg – “Jazzfestival”

The event takes place at the Felix-Fechenbach-Haus in the Petrinistrasse.  Admission is 25 Euro (Sat) and 20 Euro (Sun).  For tickets call 0931-372398.


More festivities: NEW!


1 Oct. – 7 Oct.               Gießen – Herbstmesse – Location:  Messeplatz, Ringallee


Darmstadt: English movies at the Festival Kino and Rex Kino

Both movie theaters are at Wilhelminenstrasse 9, tel. (06151) 29789, tel. (06151) 29789 Websites: Generic (includes both theaters) www.helia-kinos.de/; Festival Kino www.helia-kinos.de/festival/; Rex Kino www.helia-kinos.de/rex/


Fulda – Children’s Indoor and Outdoor Playground ‘Takka-Tukka’

The playground offers a large variety of indoor and outdoor activities including a waterslide, jumping castles, walls for climbing, and much more.

Takka-Tukka is open Mo-Fr from 2 p.m. to 7p.m., Sa, Sun, and holidays from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Opening hours during Hessian school holidays are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Children under 1 year are free.  1-3 years: 3, 90 Euros; children 4 years and up: 5,90 Euros. Adults: 2, 90 Euros.  Find out more at http://www.takka-tukka.com (in German) or phone 0661 - 29266-11.


Fulda: Kinder-Akademie Fulda (Children’s Academy & Museum)

The Kinder-Akademie Fulda is geared to children ages 5 to 14. The academy’s attraction is a walkable heart stretching over an area of 388 square feet (16 feet high). The visitor gets a hands-on experience of a blood cell’s journey through the chambers of the heart. Find more information at the academy’s website www.kaf.de (English summary available).The academy is located on Mehlerstraße 4, 36043 Fulda (a 15-minute walk from the Fulda train station). The opening hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5:30 p.m. In the summer months (May 1 – Sept. 30) the academy is closed on Saturdays. In the winter months (Oct. 1 – April 30) the academy is also open on Saturdays from 1-5:30 p.m. The walkable heart can only be visited if joining the guided tours that are offered Mon-Fri at 4 p.m., Sun at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Sat (winter schedule only) at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The academy offers a special discount for families every Friday afternoon from 2-5:30 p.m.: The family pass including guided tour of the heart is available for half price (€9 instead of €18). Entrance fees for visitors three years and older: Museum visit: one person pays €3; families pay €9; museum plus heart: one person pays €6; families pay €18. Group visits: Two persons per group are free. Prior registration is recommended for individual visitors. Reservations have to be made by telephone during the opening hours at (0661) 90273-0. For school classes and groups prior telephone reservation is required (reservations must be confirmed).


Ongoing – Darmstadt: “Der Keltenfürst vom Glauberg” (A celtic count from the Glauberg)

Another special exhibit at the Hessisches Landesmuseum in Darmstadt is dedicated to the findings of celtic tomb treasures.  The Glauberg tomb(s) contained jewelry, statues and richly ornamented household items.  Opening hours: Tue–Sat 10–17; Wed 10–20; Sun 11–17 Uhr.  The museum is closed on German holidays.  For more information call 0 61 51 | 16 57 03, email info@hlmd.de or visit www.hlmd.de (in German).  Fee: 4 Euros (adults) (includes some of the other exhibits as well).  The Landesmuseum is located at Friedensplatz 1 in Darmstadt.


Bonn: Exhibition “Egypt’s Sunken Treasures”, Apr. 5, 07 - Jan.6, 08

To be seen at the Art and Exhibition Hall in Bonn [Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn]. French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio explored the seabed off the coast of the modern city of Alexandria in Egypt and in the Bay of Abukir for ten years and discovered magnificent artifacts of Egyptian history dating from 700 to 800 A.D. These objects sank into the sea as a result of a series of natural disasters. Monumental statues as well as coins, jewelry, and cult items were located with state-of-the-art techniques and then salvaged through years of hard, painstaking work. Legendary locations such as the ancient port of Alexandria with its royal quarters, the long-lost city of Herakleion and remnants of the city of Kanopus have been rediscovered. Approximately 500 artifacts from these spectacular underwater excavations will be shown in Bonn. These objects offer insights into 1,500 years of Egyptian history from the last of the Pharaohs to Alexander the Great and the Greek rulers on the Nile up to the Roman era. Their uniqueness also reflects the prestige of the three cities, once famous center of commerce, science, culture, and religion. Influences from Greece and Rome merged with the several-thousand-year-old culture of the Pharaohs. The result was the emergence of new religious and cultural ways of life that powerfully shaped ancient Egypt. This exhibition also provides a glimpse into the fascinating work of divers and underwater archaeologists. More info in English at www.kah-bonn.de/index_e.htm


Darmstadt: Visit the European Space Operations Center (ESOC)

For English information about guided tours of the facility (offered for groups and individuals) visit www.esa.int/SPECIALS/ESOC/SEM2PCW4QWD_0.html


Darmstadt: Indoor Playground “Leos Spielpark”

Big slides, bouncy castles, ball pool, mini cart rink, trampoline, soccer field, arts and crafts corner, air hockey, table soccer and much more for children 14 years and under. The indoor playground is open Mon-Fri, 1-7 p.m., Sat-Sun and during German (State Hesse) school breaks, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entrance fees are €3.50 for children 1-3 years of age, €5.80 for children 4-14 years and €3.50 for adults. Children 1 year and under are free. Family Days are every Thursday except during school breaks and on holidays. On Thursdays the entrance costs €2 for children 1-3 years and adults, and €3.50 for children 4-14 years of age. Technical attractions such as the mini cart rink, Flipper etc. are not included in the entrance price. Children and adults must wear socks for hygienic reasons. Children under the age of 8 have to be accompanied by an adult. Older children have to bring the parent’s permission which can be downloaded here. The indoor playground is located at Landwehrstraße 75 in Darmstadt. Directions: From Hanau take B43 toward Dieburg and get on A3 toward “Frankfurter Kreuz” (with the airplane symbol). At the “Frankfurter Kreuz” take A5 toward “Basel.” Take the exit “Darmstadt/Weiterstadt” and turn right at the intersection. After about 5 minutes keep straight and get on “Kirschenallee.” Take the next left and you have arrived at the playground. For further information in German go to www.leos-spielpark.de.




* Sports *


Greater Hanau area


Family events

 ‚  Single soldier events

 Kids & teenager events


Swimming pools and lakes

Find a list of local pools and lakes on the Hanau Community website at



Hanau: Volksmarching events NEW!

Victor McAllister, tel. (06183) 91 3363, email vicmac@olympus.net, website http://hanauwalkers.tripod.com sends:


Kind of a sparse weekend for near-by walks. One of the best annual Events is this weekend in Fulda. I plan to leave Erlensee about 0800 and start the walk about 0900 on Saturday. Let me know if you want to come along. On Sunday there's another EVG fairly close in Eichelsachsen. I'll leave right after church, about 1030. Again, if you are interested let me know ahead of time.

Also, on Friday there's an Event in Mainz-Gonsenheim. One of my sources says it's a weekend event, but the IVV book and the DVV website both say it's Friday only.


Friday 5 October:

Mainz-Gonsenheim: Take AB3 to AB67, then a short distance down to AB60. Stay of AB60 toward Mainz; take Exit #18, "Dreieck Mainz" onto AB643. Take the "Mainz-Gonsenehim," exit and go a short distance and turn right on "Am der Krimm" and continue as it becomes "Am Sportfeld" which tees onto "Kapellenstrasse." There should be lots of IVV signs to guide you. The start/finish is at the "Karl Geib Haus, Kapellen Strasse 44, 55124 Mainz-Gonsenheim. You may register from 1000-1500 for the 10 Km route and until 1600 for the 5 Km. Doesn't look like there are any awards. Note that the "Take a Hike" column in the most recent Herald Union says that this is a weekend event as well, but I have only been able to confirm Friday. This Volkssport Event is sanctioned by the IVV/DVV.


Sat and Sun 6 and 7 October 2007:

Fulda: Take AB66 up towards Fulda. You'll eventually be on B40 when the autobahn ends, then you want to get on B254 thru town. Turn left on Haimbacher Strasse, follow the IVV/DVV signs to the old American Kaserne. The Start/Finish is at the Deutsch-Americanisches Sportzentrum off of Haimbacher Strasse. On Friday you may register for a 6 and 12 Km evening walk from 1600-1700. On Saturday starting at 0730 you may register for the 42 Km Marathon until 0800; for the 25 Km until 1100; and for the 6 and 11 Km until 1300. On Sunday you may register starting at  0730 for the 42 Km Marathon until 083; until 1000 for the 25 Km and until 1200 for the 6 and 11 Km routes. There are badges and certificates for the longer walks. There is plenty of good food and drink and a lot of pageantry at the IML Events. This Volkssport Event is sanctioned by the IVV/DVV.


Eichelsachsen: Closer to home, take AB45 to Exit 35, "Florstadt" but head towards Ranstadt on B275. Turn left at Ranstadt  on B457 to Nidda. Through Nidda, turn right on B455 and go about 9 Kms and turn right on an un-numbered road at Rainrod.  Eichelsachen is about 5 Km from Rainrod. Watch for EVG signs. For you over to the east, by Gelnhausen, going up through Buedingen would be better. On Saturday registration for the 6 and 10 Km is from 1300-1600. No 20 Km Saturday. On Sunday you may register for all three routes from 0700-1200. This is an EVG event with the usual caveat.


As per usual, check the Thursday "Stars and Stripes" and the various websites for further information about these volkssport events. Travel safely and take care on the trail!


Volksmarching: Take a Hike

More info at www.usaghessen.eur.army.mil/hunion/Hunionupdates.htm Click on “Take a hike” (index on the left). You’ll also find “volksmarch” info in the Thursday issues of the European Stars and Stripes.


Vogelsberg area: Lama trekking

Load your baggage onto the lamas, get out your compass and map and set off for a trekking tour through the Vogelsberg area. Walk at eye level with the lamas through the silent countryside and you’ll find that this is one of the most relaxing things to experience  – anytime of the year, in all weather. Lamas foster communication, build bridges between human beings and animals and help their human companions to think out of the box, release tension and overcome fear. The Vogelsberg lamas are located at Mühlenstrasse 2 in 36399 Freiensteinau-Reichlos. Call (06669) 919 231 or cell 0171-45 66 240 or visit www.vogelsberglamas.de for more info in German (an English page on this website is underway).


Hanau: ’Skate Town’ roller rink - fun activities for the entire family /‚

Did you know that Hanau is home to Germany’s biggest roller rink disco? ‘Skate Town’ roller rink is at Kinzigheimer Weg 115, 63450 Hanau (industrial/port district of Grossauheim near ‘Hornbach’ home improvement store). Regular schedule of events: Friday 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. German-American Night “Fun on Wheels” (€3 entrance fee for everybody), Saturday 3:30-6:30 p.m. “Family & Friends” with current charts hits (€3 entrance fee for everybody), Saturday 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday Night Skating “Old School Night” (Soul, Funk, Electro, R&B) with DJ (kids ages 12 and younger pay €3, everybody else pays €5), Sunday 2-6 p.m. Family Day - games & fun for the entire family (kids ages 12 and younger pay €3, everybody else pays €5). For more info visit www.skatetown.de (only German pages, click ‘Anfahrt’ for a strip map). Kids’ birthday specials can be booked Wednesday 4-8 p.m., Saturday 3:30-6:30 p.m. and Sunday 2-6 p.m. For more information on birthday arrangements visit www.skatetown.de and click on Geburtstage/Birthdays (English info available). Call 06181-9454914 / (cell) 0162-3345102 or send an email to events@skatefamily.de to make your reservations.


Hanau-Wolfgang: Climbing wall at Familien- und Jugendzentrum Wolfgang

Adventurous kids have the change to let off steam at the new climbing wall in the Wolfgang district of Hanau. Along with the new climbing wall the Familien- und Jugendzentrum Wolfgang (Family and Youth Center Wolfgang) offers a soccer arena and other activities for children and youths. The family & youth center is adjacent to Old Argonner Kaserne at Lehrhöferstrasse 45, 63457 Hanau, tel. (06181) 57 41 05.


Swimming pools and lakes

Find a list of local pools and lakes on the Hanau Community website at



SKIES UNLIMITED – Tae kwon do, swimming & Latin dance classes

Expand your child’s horizons with SKIES Unlimited! To enroll in SKIES, children need a current health assessment and must be registered with CLEOS Central Registration Office for Child & Youth Services. CLEOS (short for CYS Liaison, Education & Outreach Services) Central Registration is located on Pioneer Kaserne, Bldg. 20, Room 10. The office hours are Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This office is your one-stop registration for child development centers, family child care providers, school-age services, teen centers, youth sports and SKIES instructional classes. CLEOS Central Registration can be reached at mil 322-9144, civ (06181) 88-9144. For specific SKIES related questions, call mil 322-8426 or civ (06181) 88-8426.



Time: To be arranged; $65 for four sessions / 1 hour each.

As a certified personal trainer with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science I can help you design the perfect workout for your needs. We'll focus on your interests and goals as you learn the proper techniques to get the most out of your workouts. Customize a new fitness plan, give your current regimen a boost, conquer that plateau or let me help you uncover your motivation to get started and succeed! Treat yourself to a healthier new you at an unbelievable price! Contact the Hanau USO at mil 322-8725 or civ 06181-56119 or email to uso.hanau@t-online.de . The Hanau USO is in Building 19, Room 125 (next to ACS), Pioneer Kaserne. Business hours: Tuesday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Hanau: Community Basketball – Players wanted!

The Hanau Sports Office is looking for Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams. Interested individuals are asked to sign up at the Hanau Sports Office, mil 322-8565, civ (06181) 88-8565. Resumes are also being accepted for coaches.


Hanau: Outdoor Paintball

Head over to the Hotshots Outdoor Paintball field, located behind the Hessen Bowl at the Wolfgang Shopping Center, every Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. to enjoy exhilarating fun. Unit training and private battles can be arranged on other days by contacting Outdoor Rec. in advance. For more information call mil 322-8891 or civ (06181) 88-8891.


Two-day to four-day excursions on horseback to the beautiful Rhön mountains

Organized by Ross & Rhön (www.ross-und-rhoen.de [only German pages]). For more information call civ (06657) 918844 or email to wanderreiten@ross-und-rhoen.de

Disco Bowling at the Hessen Bowl – teens are welcome!

Contemporary pop music with special light show every Saturday night 8-11 p.m. Call Hessen Bowl at mil 322-8534/8638 or civ (06181) 88-8534/8638 for details.


Batting Cage on Pioneer Kaserne in Hanau

Opening hours: Mon-Wed & Fri 4:30-7:30 p.m., Thu 12:30-7:30 p.m., Sat, Sun & holidays 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call the Pioneer Fitness Center at civ (06181) 88-8197 or mil 322-8197 for details.


SPLAT Xtreme Indoor Paintball in Hanau

On Saturdays, Sundays and training holidays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Bldg. 637 on Grossauheim Kaserne. Sergeant’s time by appointment only. Units or teams may make reservations at mil 322-8891 or civ (06181) 88-8891.


Indoor golf at the Golfpalast in Hainburg (between Hanau and Seligenstadt)

The Golfpalast at Fasaneriestrasse 50 is Germany’s biggest indoor golf facility (five simulators, e.g. Pebble Beach or St. Andrews Old Course, etc.). The Golfpalast is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. More information (in German) at www.golfpalast.de or at (06182) 78 29 664.


Indoor golf in Hanau

Enjoy indoor golf at the Golf-Trainingszentrum, Moselstrasse 2b in Hanau (next to the specialized animal store, around the corner from IKEA). Hours: Mon-Fri beginning at 3 p.m. (earlier appointments can be reserved by phone). Sat & Sun beginning at 10 a.m. Fees: Mon-Fri: 30 minutes for €9, Sat, Sun & German holidays: 30 minutes for €12. Call 0172-69 17 498 for more info or go to www.golf-trainingscenter.de (only German pages available, click on “Indoor-Golf” for a visual tour of the facility).


Outdoor golf in Hanau-Wilhelmsbad

The Hanau golf course features an 18-hole/6,110-meter championship course in an area of 175 acres. All fairways are lined by varied thick trees and shrubs as well as lakes and creeks, thus combining the sporting challenge with the most relaxing scenery. The golf course is located at Franz-Ludwig-von-Cancrin-Weg 2 in 63454 Hanau-Wilhelmsbad. If you are interested in joining, contact the club by phone (06181) 18019-0; fax (06181) 18019-10 or email: info@golfclub-hanau.de More info (in German) at www.golfclub-hanau.de .The Hanau Golf Club is a member of the “Leading Golf Courses of Germany” (visit www.leading-golf.de/lgc/ for more info…despite the English name, only German pages available).


Golf in Bad Orb

The golf course is at Hindenburgstrasse 7, 63637 Jossgrund-Villbach, phone 06059-90550, www.golfclub-badorb.de


Golf in Bad Soden-Salmünster



Wiesbaden area


Ladies Soccer

The local German-American Women's Soccer Club is looking for additional participants (ages 16+).  Home games and practices are held at Kasteler Fussballvereinigang (KFV06) Sportplatz located on In der Witz, near Mainz-Kastel Station.  Contact Michael Klinkel for more information at 06131-540-190 or email: g.m.klinkel@arcor.de.


Women’s basketball players needed

Active duty Soldiers, family members and civilians are welcome to play women’s community basketball at the new Wiesbaden Fitness Center.

If you are interested, please contact Ms. Gigi Scott, 205th MI Brigade training manager, at mil 337-5135 or (0611) 705-5135.


Greater Giessen area


Every Tuesday: "Giessen Skating Night"

Skate your way through the city of Giessen.  Police blocks streets for the event. Medics accompany.  Starts every Tuesday at 8 pm at the 'Begro' Sports store at Schiffenberger Tal (main street before turning off to Commissary)


Greater Baumholder area



Rent the pool
Baumholder’s swimming pool at the Rolling Hills Athletic Club is available for rent for $50 for a two-hour session for up to 20 guests and use of the party room. It is available weekends from noon to 2 p.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m. Call mil 485-6156 or civ (06783) 6-6156 for reservations.

Rock Climbing Wall
Adult classes, $10 without certification, $15 with certification. Daily usage fees $5 without certification or equipment. Children’s classes, $6 up to 17 years of age, maximum 12 per class. Monthly Pass, adults $30, children $15. Stop by the Mountaineer Gym for details.

Rolling Hills Golf Course
The driving range is open daily, and the lights are on until 9:30 p.m. Daily purchase tokens are available at the pro shop. The clubhouse is for rent for functions with 45-50 people. Cost is $50. Great for retirement parties and hail-and-farewell events.


Greater Frankfurt area/other areas


Ice Hockey: Frankfurt Lions (German National League) home games

Oct. 11 vs. Eisbären Berlin (Berlin Ice Bears) at 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 19 vs. ERC Ingolstadt at 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 26 vs. Adler Mannheim (Mannheim Eagles) at 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 31 vs. Füchse Duisburg (Duisburg Foxes) at 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 3 vs. DEG Metro Stars 8 p.m.

Nov. 18 vs. Hamburg Freezers at 2:30 p.m.  

Nov. 20 vs. Hannover Scorpions (Hanover Scorpions) at 7:30 p.m.  

Nov. 25 vs. Kölner Haie (Cologne Sharks) at 2:30 p.m.  

Dec. 2 vs. Krefeld Pinguine (Krefeld Penguins) at 2:30 p.m.   

Dec. 7 vs. Sinupret Ice Tigers (from Nürnberg [Nuremberg]) at 7:30 p.m.   

Dec. 16 vs. Eisbären Berlin (Berlin Ice Bears) at 2:30 p.m.

Dec. 26 vs. Hannover Scorpions (Hanover Scorpions) at 2:30 p.m.

Dec. 28 vs. ERC Ingolstadt at 7:30 p.m.

All home games are held at the Eissporthalle (ice rink) on Ratsweg in the Bornheim district of Frankfurt.  Directions: From Hanau drive on Autobahn 66 direction Frankfurt until its end. Take a left turn and continue on that road (Borsigallee) until you reach a T-intersection; take a right. Stay on that road (Am Erlenbruch) until the next T-intersection. Turn right and continue straight to the next light, take another right and you have arrived at your destination. Website: www.frankfurt-lions.de (only German pages).

FRANKFURT TUESDAY NIGHT SKATING, ongoing until Oct. 23, 2007

For 9 years this weekly event has been taking place in the city of Frankfurt. The Tuesday Night Skating Frankfurt (TNS) is a free weekly group skating event with up to 5,000 participants at peak times in the summer months. It starts at 8:.30 p.m. at the "Deutschherrnufer" (bank of the river Main, near Ignaz-Bubis bridge) in Frankfurt-Sachsenhausen and ends around 11 p.m. The TNS covers a distance of 35-45 kilometers in about 2.5 hours (finish and starting point are at the same location). About halfway through the TNS is a 15-minute break where you can refresh yourself with some "Apfelsaftschorle" (apple juice mixed with water). Please follow the instructions of the TNS-Team members at all times. You will recognize them by their orange vests. It is required to be able to brake and turn very well. The TNS is not recommended for beginners. You should also be able to keep up with the pace of the group, skate downhill and deal with different road surfaces. Never pass the front row or drop behind the back. If you drop behind you are no longer part of the group and you must stay on the sidewalk. Always skate on the right-hand side. Please wear protective gear (for hands, elbows, knees plus a helmet) and some reflective clothing. Before and after the TNS the skaters meet at the bar "Zwischendurch", Dreieichstraße 34, just 300 meters from the start. Join them there and have some famous "Apfelwein." You will find the "Zwischendurch" also on the map on their website www.t-n-s.de, which is also available in English (click on the ‘International’ button on the left). 


Basketball: Frankfurt Skyliners home games

The Frankfurt Skyliners are currently on summer break. The new 2007/2008 season will kick off on Oct. 7, 2007. Ticket sale via email (ticket@skyliners.de) or by phone (069) 92 88 76 19. English pages at www.deutsche-bank-skyliners.de/index_en.html.

All home games take place at the Ballsporthalle (ball sports gym) at Silostrasse 46, in 65929 Frankfurt. Directions: From Hanau take Autobahn 66 toward Frankfurt until its end. Take a left turn and continue on that road (Borsigallee) until you reach a T-intersection; take a right. Stay on that road (Am Erlenbruch) until the next T-intersection. Turn right and continue straight, pass the next intersection and turn left toward “Innenstadt” (downtown). On the next big intersection turn right and follow this road until you reach A 66 direction “Wiesbaden.” Take the exit “Kelkheim” and turn left. Follow this road until you reach a T-intersection. Turn right and the Ballsporthalle is on your left hand side


Sinn (Lahn-Dill County, near Herborn): Rides in a husky-drawn cart/sled

Esther Binnefeld’s vast compound in the small town of Sinn [Zur Wilhelmswalze, 35764 Sinn/Hessen] hosts one of only five sled dog schools in Germany. The dog trainer offers day tours in a husky-drawn sled or cart for €180 (the second person pays €100) and two-day tours for €240 (the second person pays €150) – meal and equipment included. Prior to the ride the mushers will receive a detailed briefing. After the tour they will be rewarded with a country style barbecue. Sporty and confident individuals can steer the cart themselves. Contact Esther Binnefeld at (02772) 574468 or cell (0160) 96780436.


Two-day to four-day excursions on horseback to the beautiful Rhön mountains

Organized by Ross & Rhön (www.ross-und-rhoen.de only German pages). For more information call civ (06657) 918844 or email to wanderreiten@ross-und-rhoen.de


Grafenwöhr: ‘King of the Hill’ bowling

The Grafenwoehr Bowling Center hosts the ‘King of the Hill’ bowling competitions the last Sunday of the month. Open to U.S. ID cardholders and guests age 18 and older. For details call mil 476-2576 or civ (0966) 283-2576.


Square dance & round dance in Frankfurt‚

The Beaux and Belles Square Dance Club offers Modern American Square Dance at the Saalburg Bürgerhaus Ronneburg, Gelnhäuser Strasse 2 in 60435 Frankfurt (Eckenheim district). The Beaux and Belles club, founded in 1954, is the oldest, still active, square dance club in Europe with about 150 members. For more information call Kenny Reese (the dance caller) at civ (06142) 834 780 or log onto www.beauxbelles.de (English pages available). If you are already familiar with the square dance steps and want to try something new, round dance may be something for you! Call Susanne Hoppe at civ (069) 538 522 or email cuer@beauxbelles.de for more information on round dance.





* Shopping *


* Flea Markets, Bazaars and other shopping opportunities *


Greater Hanau area


Regular weekly flea markets

Hanau: Hessen’s biggest indoor flea market, every Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; street address: Am Hauptbahnhof 14 (near the Hanau central train station).

Hanau: Flea market every first Saturday of the month from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fronhof opposite Congress Park Hanau [Schlossplatz, 63450 Hanau].

Hanau: Flea market every first Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the IKEA parking lot on Oderstrasse (Hanau-Nord).

Hanau-Steinheim: Flea market every Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the premises of SCONTO furniture store [Otto-Hahn-Strasse, 63456 Hanau] in the Steinheim district of Hanau.

Maintal-Dörnigheim: Flea market every Saturday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the P & R parking lot next to the train station.

Erlensee: Flea market every Friday beginning at 8 a.m. at the fairground (Festplatz).

Dreieich-Dreieichenhain: Indoor and outdoor flea market every Friday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at “Industriegebiet” (industrial district), Landsteinerstrasse 10.

Seligenstadt: “Nostalgic flea market” every Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the market square (Marktplatz).

Ortenberg: Flea market, every Saturday, setup starts at 6.30 a.m. at the Marktplatz (market square) in the town center.

Offenbach: Flea market every Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the banks of the Main River (Mainstrasse).

Frankfurt: Flea market every Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Schaumainkai (southern bank of the Main River) in the Sachsenhausen district of Frankfurt.

Frankfurt-Höchst: Flea market every Thursday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., parking lot, section ‘B’ adjacent to Jahrhunderthalle.

Darmstadt: Flea market every Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., ‘Schenck’ company parking lot/section 5 & 6, intersection Im tiefen See/Pallaswiesenstrasse (near combined heat & power plant).


Hanau: Hessen’s biggest indoor flea market

On a sales area of around 45,000 square feet about 200 booths offer a variety of shopping opportunities for flea market lovers. For sale are items of all kinds except for live animals. The market is located near the main train station [Am Hauptbahnhof 14, 63450 Hanau]. Opening hours are every Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Niederdorfelden: ‘interWear’ designer mini-outlet

Trendy clothes and accessories by Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, JOOP, Pierre Cardin, Lee, Calvin Klein, H-I-S, STEFANEL, Buffalo, Venice Beach and more in Niederdorfelden on Fridays from 3-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Up to 70% discounts on the entire stock. Address: interWear GmbH, Herzbergstrasse 1, 61138 Niederdorfelden (between Hanau and Bad Vilbel). Website: www.interwear.de


Wertheim Outlet Shopping Village

Discover the Wertheim Outlet Shopping Village located on A3 between Aschaffenburg and Würzburg (Exit 66 Wertheim/Lengfurt). Clothes, shoes, accessories, sports gear, jewelry of various brands are sold for reduced prices. The shopping village is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Exceptional Sunday shopping on Sept. 30, 2007 from 1-6 p.m. For more information visit their English website at www.wertheimvillage.com/wertheim/home.asp?lan=en The area around Wertheim is also great for hiking, dining and discovering the Spessart Mountains.


Hanau Thrift Shop – new opening hours for Hanau as of March 1

The Hanau Thrift Shop sponsored by the Hanau Community Spouses Club is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Consignments are by appointment only. For details, call mil 322-8847 or civ (06181) 88-8847. The Hanau Thrift Shop is at the Wolfgang Shopping Center in Building 504.


Antique & flea markets in Germany and Europe wide

If you are looking for antique & flea markets in Germany and other European countries click www.troedlerundsammeln.de/termine.php and insert the first two digits of the respective city’s zip code (e.g. 63 for the Hanau area, 60 for the Frankfurt area, etc.) or the country code (e.g. D for Germany, B for Belgium, F for France, etc.)


Specialized home accessories stores

Wohnsinn store on Nürnberger Strasse 6a, 63450 Hanau offers Balinese crafts, oriental lamps, Mexican accessories and a lot more for decorating and improving your home. Click www.wohnsinn-hanau.de for pictures of product range (only German pages). 


Cri-Cri stores in Frankfurt, Offenbach and Bad Homburg offer a wide variety of decorative items for your home & yard ranging from furniture to dishes. Click www.cri-cri.com for pictures of products offered (only German pages - click the ‘Cityhaus Frankfurt’ button and then on the icon selection).


Depot stores are another chain you may want to check out if you are looking for decorative items for your home. You can find them in Hanau (Nürnberger Strasse 10, 63450 Hanau), Gelnhausen (Im Ziegelhaus 2-4, 63571 Gelnhausen, integrated into Kaufhaus Joh [Joh department store]), Schöllkrippen (Industriestrasse 3, 63825 Schöllkrippen), three times in Frankfurt (Große Bockenheimer Strasse 50, 60313 Frankfurt; Zeil 90, 60313 Frankfurt integrated into KARSTADT department store (4th floor); Zeil 121 / Neue Kräme, 60313 Frankfurt) and twice in Aschaffenburg (Goldbacher Strasse 1, 63739 Aschaffenburg, integrated into City Galerie; Frohsinnstrasse 7, 63739 Aschaffenburg, integrated into KARSTADT department store). More info (in German only) at www.dasdepot.com (click ‘Produkte’ link at the bottom to view product range).


Weekly Farmer’s Markets:


Hanau-Steinheim on Fridays

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at ‘Kardinal-Volk-Platz’ square in Steinheim.

Hanau-Grossauheim on Thursdays

From 1:30-7:30 p.m. on the premises of W. Franz Bauunternehmen (construction firm), Rodgaustrasse in Grossauheim (industrial area near McDonald’s & the Danish furniture store). The market offers, along with fresh fruits and veggies, Italian specialties, homemade cold cuts and meat from the Wetterau, Vogelsberg and Spreewald areas.

Hanau Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays

Featuring about 100 booths, the Hanau Farmer’s Market is said to be one of the biggest and most beautiful in the State of Hessen. The market is held weekly on Wednesday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marktplatz (market square) in the center of Hanau. Whether you are looking for fruit, veggies, meat, fish, butter, honey, bread, cake, tea, coffee, spices or handmade whicker baskets – the Hanau farmer’s market has it all


Greater Wiesbaden area


Wiesbaden Farmer’s Market

Shop your way through a large variety of fresh farmer’s products at the weekly Wiesbaden farmer’s market on Saturdays at the Wiesbaden Market square down by the city hall (Rathaus.)


Idstein Weekly Market

Idstein’s weekly market draws numerous visitors to its old town Wednesdays and Saturdays. The freshness of local products, the great variety and the historical setting convinces many customers. See also www.idstein.de Idstein is located Northeast of Wiesbaden; the market is on Loeher Platz.

Book sale
The Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury holds a used-book sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. Most books are in English, and paperbacks cost only €1. The church is on Frankfurter Strasse, near Wilhelm Strasse, in downtown Wiesbaden.

Mainz markets

Mainz market from January to December every Thursday at ‘Am Graben’ from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Another market is on the Liebfrauenplatz square every Tue, Fri and Sat from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. A  farmer’s market with  fruit and veggies  (Wochenmarkt) is held in Leichhof, Mainz Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Allstadt, Mainz Thursdays from 11 a.m. to  6 p.m.,  Graben Mainz-Weisenau at Tanzplatz Mainz on  Wednesdays from  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Weekly Schiller Market in Frankfurt

This weekly market includes fresh groceries and flowers. It will be held every Friday starting at 9:00 a.m. in downtown Frankfurt.


Flea Markets

4 and 7 Oct – flea market at Frankfurt-Höchst, Jahrhunderthalle parking area B.

4 Oct – flea market at Seligenstadt, historic market place.

5 Oct – flea market at Erlensee, Festplatz.

5/6 Oct – flea market at Hanau, hall near train station.

6 Oct – flea markets at Mainz: Rhine River bank & university parking, west gate.

6 Oct – flea market at Frankfurt, Schaumainkai.

6 Oct – flea market at Frankfurt-Rödelheim, train station.

6 Oct – flea market at Hanau, Im Fronhof.

6 Oct – flea market at Offenbach, Main River bank.

6 Oct – flea market at Darmstadt, Pallaswiesenstrasse.

7 Oct – flea market at Bad Nauheim, Sprudelhof.

7 Oct – antique- and flea market at Dreieich-Offenthal, Philipp-Köppen-Halle.

7 Oct - flea market at Dreieich-Sprendlingen, Real parking areas.

7 Oct – flea markets at Hanau, IKEA parking areas.

7 Oct – flea market at Weiterstadt, METRO parking area.

7 Oct – flea market at Wiesbaden-Biebrich, Mann Mobilia, Äppelallee.

12/13 Oct – flea market at Hanau, hall at train station.

13 Oct – flea market at Mainz, university parking, West gate.

13 Oct – flea market at Frankfurt, Schaumainkai.

13 Oct – flea market at Frankfurt-Höchst, Jahrhunderthalle parking area B.

13 Oct – flea market at Offenbach, Main river bank.

13 Oct – flea market at Darmstadt, Pallaswiesenstrasse.

14 Oct – flea market at Mainz-Kastel, METRO Wiesbaden.

14 Oct – antique- and flea market at Frankfurt, Commerzbank Arena, Mörfelder Landstrasse.

14 Oct – flea market at Offenbach, Ringcenter Odenwaldring.

14 Oct – flea market at Darmstadt, Karolinenplatz.

14 Oct – flea market at Eltville, Weinhohle parking area.

14 Oct – antique market at Neu-Isenburg, Isenburg-Zentrum.

14 Oct – antique market at Wiesbaden-Biebrich, Adler-Center, Äppelallee.

14 Oct – flea market at Wiesbaden, Real parking area, Mainzer Landstrasse.

14 Oct – antique-, flea- and crafters market at Wiesbaden-Nordenstadt, Haus des Umzugs, Ostring.


Listings for Belgium, France and Germany can be found at www.troedlerundsammeln.de/termine 


Greater Gießen area

Thursday and Saturday            Flea market in Heuchelheim - Industrial area  
                                                "Abendstern",7a.m. -2 p.m.
Flea Market                              Wetzlar, Parking Lot "Lahnhof" (near train station), Thu-Sat
                                               from,10a.m. -6 p.m.
Saturday                                 Gießen, Antique flea market, Rodheimer Strasse (at the
Saturday                                Marburg, Fair grounds (exit B3 at Bahnhofstrasse, turn left,
                                              and another left at next traffic light

Until September:

Every 1st Sat of a month:  Wetzlar, Flea market in the historic part of “Spilburg”


Flea Markets:


Greater Baumholder area


Baumholder’s weekly farmer’s market
The market takes place on Saturday mornings from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Market Square. The square in front of the pharmacy and the upper parking deck will be blocked for traffic for that time period. The front area of the market offers fruit, vegetables, food items and flowers, while in the back clothing and other items are sold.


Greater Frankfurt area/other locations


For current flea markets in the greater Frankfurt area go to

www.hanau.army.mil/hanauweb/05_recreation/things_to_do.asp and click on Shopping Hanau in the ‘Table of Contents’ at the top of the document.


Regular weekly flea markets in the Frankfurt area

Frankfurt: Flea market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Schaumainkai (bank of the Main River in the Sachsenhauen district of Frankfurt).

Frankfurt-Höchst: Flea market every Thursday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., parking lot, section ‘B’ adjacent to Jahrhunderthalle.


Regular flea markets in other areas NEW!

Aschaffenburg Flea market every Saturday from 8 a.m. at the Volksfestplatz

Darmstadt     Flea market every Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., ‘Schenck’ company parking
                        lot/section 5 & 6, intersection Im tiefen See/Pallaswiesenstrasse (near
                        combined heat & power plant).

Nürnberg         Weekly flea market (Friday and Saturday) in the Richard-Wagner-Str 44,
                         Fürth.  Antiques, arts & crafts.  Fridays 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 7
                         a.m. to 2 p.m.

Offenbach       Flea market every Saturday from at 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the banks of the
                        Main River (Mainstrasse).

Würzburg         Weekly flea market (Saturday) March through October in the Nürnberger
                        Strasse 133.  Starts at 8 a.m. in the morning.


Other marketsNEW!

Fulda          Weekly Farmers’ Market (Thursdays through 22 Nov), located “Unterm
                         Heilig Kreuz” in Fulda; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; specialties from the Fulda region;


Shopping Centers in the Frankfurt area Extended opening hours at Hessen-Center, Main-Taunus-Zentrum, and, with some restriction, Isenburg-Zentrum malls

The largest shopping center in Hessen, the NordWestZentrum has 150 stores and provides the widest variety of goods. Located in Frankfurt, Limescorso 8, the NordWestZentrum is open Mon - Sat from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Parking is no problem there. Web site www.nordwestzentrum.de . Go to www.de.map24.com for directions [Limescorso 8, 60439 Frankfurt].


The Hessen-Center northeast of Frankfurt, in Bergen-Enkheim, Borsigallee 26 provides another wonderful opportunity for shopping.  Parking is no problem and www.de.map24.com will get you there. Open Mon - Fri from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat, 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free parking Sat beginning at 4 p.m. Web site www.hessen-center-frankfurt.de


Only 5 minutes west of Frankfurt outside of Sulzbach you’ll find the Main-Taunus-Zentrum. A66 and B8 (exit ‘Main-Taunus-Zentrum’) will take you to a mall with about 100 different stores. Mon – Wed 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thu – Sat 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Web site www.main-taunus-zentrum.de  


The Isenburg-Zentrum is located south of Frankfurt, in Neu-Isenburg [Hermesstrasse 4, 63263 Neu-Isenburg].  Open Mon - Sat from 10 am to 8 pm. Over 110 stores. Free parking on Saturdays beginning at 4 p.m. Web site www.isenburg-zentrum-neu-isenburg.de For directions check www.de.map24.com. Extended opening hours (9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.) on the following Saturdays: Sept. 1, Nov. 24, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 15, Dec. 22.


Shopping Streets in Frankfurt

The Goethestrasse is the “Fifth Avenue” of Frankfurt.  The shops here offer only classy designer collections from Armani to Versace and the ideal jewelry to complement it from Tiffany to Cartier.  Fortunately, the street is only about 400 meters long and at least worth window shopping.  Located west of “die Zeil” in downtown Frankfurt. For orientation see www.frankfurt.de / www.de.map24.com 


The Berger Strasse in Bornheim is called “Bernemer Zeil” by the locals according to the famous “Zeil” in Frankfurt.  Along 3 Kilometers you’ll find a variety of shops from organic food stores to discounters to fashion boutiques. But this street offers more than just shopping opportunities.  Restaurants, coffee shops, and apple wine taverns invite visitors to stay and enjoy German specialties.  At the end of Berger Strasse in the vicinity of the Nordend you’ll find the Bethmannpark where you can relax in a wonderful Chinese Park. www.frankfrut.de and www.de.map24.com.


The Münchner Strasse in the center of Frankfurt starts at the main station - runs

parallel to the Kaiserstrasse - and ends at Willy-Brandt-Platz.  Numerous old buildings in

Wilhelminian style, restaurants and stores as well as an international audience form this

unique road. With many small import-export businesses offering a conglomeration of goods

the food stores sell a variety of fish, tea, fruits and rice allowing a bit of haggling every

now and then just as if you were visiting an oriental bazaar.  www.frankfurt.de and



Shopping Centers in other areas


Wertheim Outlet Shopping Village

Discover the Wertheim Outlet Shopping Village located on A3 between Aschaffenburg and Würzburg (Exit 66 Wertheim/Lengfurt). Clothes, shoes, accessories, sports gear, jewelry of various brands are sold for reduced prices. The shopping village is open from Mon until Sat from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Open Sunday Sept. 30, 2007 from 1-6 p.m. For more information visit the English website at www.wertheimvillage.com/wertheim/home.asp?lan=en The area around Wertheim is also great for hiking, dining and discovering the Spessart Mountains.


Shopping outside Germany



La Soffitta Sotto i Portici in Rome is a monthly bargain market every first and third Sunday of the month in Piazza Aug.o Imperatore from 10 a.m. to sunset in Rome. More than 100 exhibitors display their wares, which range from classical collector's items and antiques to useful not-so-old objects like watches and furniture.

From 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  on the last Sunday of every month (except Jul. and Aug.), one of Milan's largest antique fairs takes place along almost two kilometers of the Naviglio canal



Antique and bric-a-brac dealers from all over the region congregate on the first Sunday of every month from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Reims' Exhibition Centre in France to present their second-hand objects, antiques and clothes. A delight for bargain hunters.

Visit this lively market is a hub for more than 100 antique dealers, who bring their wares from all over France to the Place de la Cathedrale in Limoges from 8 a.m. to 7 p .m. the second Sunday of the month.



A wide range of rare, antiquarian and secondhand books, maps and prints are on sale at the Hotel Russell in Russell Square at the London Book Fair the second Sunday of the month. Exhibiting companies from around the world come to take part.


Antique & flea markets Europe wide

If you are looking for antique & flea markets in Germany and other European countries click www.troedlerundsammeln.de/termine.php and insert the first two digits of the respective city’s zip code (e.g. 63 for the Hanau area, 60 for the Frankfurt area, etc.) or the country code (e.g. D for Germany, B for Belgium, F for France, etc.) 



12-14 Oct – flea market at Luxembourg City, Place d’Armes.


International shopping events

Sundays: One of the world’s largest flea and antique markets in Tongeren, Belgium

For information on markets in Italy visit www.mercatinoantiquariato.it or in the UK visit www.antiquenews.co.uk







Greater Hanau area

Family events

‚      Single soldier events

 Kids & teenager events


Hanau MWR events & activities

For a comprehensive listing of MWR activities click http://www.hanau.army.mil/HanauWeb/04_services/mwr.asp


Hanau USO events & activities

For more information call mil 322-8725 or civ 06181-88-8725, stop by Building 19 on Pioneer Kaserne to register or log on to www.uso.org/rheinmain.


Government Vehicle Sale - Live Internet Auction, through Oct. 7

Public Inspection: Oct. 4, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more info visit www.vebeg.de/web/auktionen/index.htm or contact UFMS-EUR at mil 334-2936 or civ 06134-604936.


Hanau: What’s Out There Fair, Oct. 13

At the Pioneer Fitness Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Hanau: Halloween Trick-or-Treating Hours, Oct. 31

Oct. 31, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Pioneer, Sportfield, Old and New Argonner Housing Areas. Look for MPs passing out chemlites at housing areas. MPs will conduct walking patrols of housing areas. Avoid driving in housing areas. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Safety advice: Watch for children walking on roadways. Watch for children wearing dark clothes. Children should travel only in familiar areas. Children should never enter a stranger’s house. Parents should check treats before children eat them.


Halloween haunted house Oct. 26-31 NEW!

Members of the 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery, host a Haunted House at the Warrant Hut in Old Argonner Housing Oct. 26-31. Nachos, sodas and "Swamp Water" (hot apple cider) will be available. A special children's tent will be set up on Halloween for face painting, a cake walk and a costume contest. Prizes will be awarded to youths up to age 12.


Halloween party at the Kid's Korner Oct. 31 NEW!

Kid's Korner at the Wolfgang Shopping Center hosts a Halloween party Oct. 31 from 4-6 p.m. for children age 6-12 with Trick-O-Treat Goodie Bags, Costume Judging, Bob For Apples.

Kids Korner, Bldg. 552, Wolfgang Kaserne DMWR-Special Events, DSN 323-3270.


Halloween Story Time Oct. 31 NEW!

Book witches will share exciting stories with young readers in the Hanau Health Clinic lobby on Halloween, Oct. 31. For more information call mil (06181) 88-8942.


Combined Federal Campaign 2007

The campaign runs from Oct 1 through Dec. 15. New to this year’s CFC is the online pledge assistance and credit card giving for those who wish to donate using their credit card online. For more information contact SGT Gonzalez at mil 323-3001 / civ (06181) 180 3001 or visit the CFC-Overseas website at www.cfcoverseas.org


New operating hours for the Hanau Bowling Center starting Sept. 24

Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday & Tuesday SLOT & SUBWAY operation only from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.


SUNRISE GRILL has moved to the Hessen Bowling Center


AFTB classes in October & December

At the Hanau ACS, Bldg. 19 on Pioneer Kaserne.

Oct. 15 and 16            0830 – 1600 Level I

Dec. 3 and 4   0830 – 1600 Level II

Free training free, plus free child care with early enrollment. Call Amanda Collins, Volunteer AFTB Program Coordinator, at mil 322-8963 or civ (06181) 88 8963 to sign up.


Hanau: Child & Youth Services offers “Make & Take,” October

Every 1st Saturday and 3rd Friday from 10–11:30 a.m. for three-year-old to five-year-old children and their parents at the Arts & Crafts Center, Bldg. 545, on Wolfgang Kaserne. For details call CLEOS at mil 322-9144 or civ (06181) 88-9144.


Hanau: Parents' Networking Group every Thursday

Times are tough with downsizing and deployments: Soldiers are busy, spouses are working extra hard to keep families going. The Parents Networking Group offers a time to socialize with other spouses while taking a break from the children. Beginning Aug. 30 the group meets every Thursday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the EDIS/Social Work Service Office, Building 246, on New Argonner Kaserne (across the Health Clinic). If interested, contact Kristin or Chris at mil 322-9278 or civ (06181) 88-9274. The Child Development Center on Old Argonner Kaserne offers free child care for parent(s) attending the Networking Group.


Hanau: “All you can eat pancake buffet,” every Monday, Wednesday & Friday

At the Hanau Community Dining Facility on Pioneer Kaserne every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning from 7-8:30 a.m. Choose from a variety of pancakes, all fresh from the grill. The selection includes buttermilk, blueberry, banana nut, cinnamon apple and chocolate chip. All pancakes are cooked to order and come with your choice of fruit toppings, whipped cream and are accompanied by your choice of side dishes. Due to non-availability of items, some menu choices may not be available.


New Kid’s Korner hours

The Kid’s Korner in Building 552 on Wolfgang Kaserne is now open Friday to Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. The facility is available for rent Monday to Thursday. Call mil 322-9013 or civ (06181) 88-9013.


Hanau: Bottom Line Teen Center

Teens are invited to hang out at the Bottom Line Teen Center at the Wolfgang Shopping Center for homework tutoring, snacks, social recreation, games and more. The center is open Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 3-8 p.m., Friday from 3-9 p.m. On no-school-days it is open from noon to 8 p.m. Call mil 322-8040 or civ (06181) 88-8040 for details.


Games at the Hessen Bowl

Five Multi-Player Online Gaming Systems are now at the Hessen Bowl on Wolfgang Kaserne. Play Halo, Battlefield II: Special Force, Counter Strike, Day of Defeat, Unreal Tournament or surf the Internet for $7 an hour. Hessen Bowl is open from Wednesday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Call mil 322-8534 or civ (06181) 88-8354 for more information.


Knitting and Crochet Club

Hanau’s American Sampler Crafts Shop features the Edelweiss Knitting and Crochet Club every Wednesday from 4-7:30 p.m. Stop by Building 545 at the Wolfgang Shopping Center or call mil 322-8082 / civ (06181) 88-8082 for more information.


Hanau: Child & Youth Services offers child care during special events

Do you need child care for a unit event, FRG meeting or special event? Contact CLEOS at least three weeks prior to the event to schedule child care. For details call CLEOS at mil 322-9144 or civ (06181) 88-9144.


Hanau: ACS Family Advocacy Program

Anger Management: July 16 & 23; Stress Management: July 17 & 24; Couples Communication: July 18 & 25. For details call Mrs. Baldwin at mil 322-9049 or civ (06181) 88-9049.


SKIES UNLIMITED – Tae kwon do, swimming, Latin dance, violin & piano classes  

Expand your child’s horizons with SKIES Unlimited! To enroll in SKIES, children need a current health assessment and must be registered with CLEOS Central Registration Office for Child & Youth Services. CLEOS (short for “CYS Liaison, Education & Outreach Services”) Central Registration is located on Pioneer Kaserne, Bldg. 20, Room 10. The office hours are Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This office is your one-stop registration for child development centers, family child care providers, school-age services, teen centers, youth sports and SKIES instructional classes. CLEOS Central Registration can be reached at mil 322-9144, civ (06181) 88-9144. For specific SKIES related questions, call mil 322-8426 or civ (06181) 88-8426.


Hanau Awana Club needs volunteers

The Awana Club meets each Tuesday 6-7:45 p.m. at Argonner Elementary School on Old Argonner Kaserne in Hanau-Wolfgang. The Awana Club is an international, Bible-centered children's and youth ministry providing weekly clubs, programs and training for students in preschool through grade 6. In Hanau the Awana ministry offers two groups, one for kindergarten to 2nd grade and the other group for 3rd to 6th grade. The goal of Awana is to reach kids and their families with the Gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him. The acronym Awana comes from the first letters of Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed as taken from 2 Timothy 2:15 in the New Testament. Awana blends Bible teaching, scripture memorization with tons of fun. For additional information contact Jason Singell, club commander at civ (06181) 992786, email:  HanauAwana@yahoo.com or Chaplain (MAJ) Xuan Tran at mil 322-9307/civ (06181) 88-9307or civ (06181) 569-4542. Visit also www.awana.org for more information on the worldwide Awana ministry.


Outdoor Recreation and Leisure Travel (ODR)

Bldg. 459, Old Argonner Kaserne, civ 06181-88-8891 or mil 322-8891; M-F 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

DJ classes at the Hanau Middle School & and Teen Center

Every Tuesday and Thursday 1700-1800, cost is $35.00 a month, youth must be registered with CLEOS. For more information call 0618-9144 1-180-3942 or Mr. Knighton at (06181) 180-3942 or mil 323-3942.

Hanau: Library Story Hour

The Hanau library on Pioneer Kaserne features a Pre-School story hour every Thursday from 10-11 a.m. Call mil 322-8942 for details.




Movie schedules at http://www.usaghessen.eur.army.mil/hunion/hunionupdates.htm (click on Movie Schedule listed in the Index on the left).


Greater Wiesbaden area


Check news and info at www.wiesbaden.army.mil


Greater Giessen area



Greater Baumholder area

Outdoor Recreation

M-F                  11 a.m.-8 p.m. / Sa-Su    Closed / Holidays         noon-5 p.m.

Call civ 06783-6-7182 or mil 485-7182 for details.


Movie schedules at http://www.104thasg.hanau.army.mil/hunion/Hunionupdates.htm


* Useful Information *

In case you don’t know how to travel to a certain destination there are various route planners available on the Internet.  Many of them are even in the English language.  For example:  www.mapquest.com , www.map24.de; www.viamichelin.com .

A very useful website for people who like to travel by train is www.bahn.de ; the English version you find by clicking on “International Guests”.

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