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Things to Do Blog

The following are suggestions by website visitors regarding places to visit, things to do and other cultural/recreational opportunities in the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden area. These are not the official views, nor endorsed by this command, the U.S. Army or the Department of Defense. They are intended to serve solely as helpful tips among community members. When submitting items, please include all pertinent information such as opening times, address if available, age group suitability and anything that might be useful. The webmasters reserve the right to edit submissions for taste and regulatory/legal compliance.

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Famous Toastmasters Club

June 3, 2014

Our English-speaking club meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month at 7:45 p.m. at the Restaurant Alt-Wiesbaden (Kurt-Schuhmacher-Ring 17, Wiesbaden 65197) to practice public speaking, learn leadership skills, socialize and to simply have a great time. For more information visit

Bärbel Wallon


Kurpark Painters

June 3, 2014

On June 30 at 1:30 p.m. a newly formed group especially for people interested in outdoor painting will meet in the Wiesbaden Kurpark. All artists are welcome -- beginners, intermediate and advanced. Come by and give it a try. Email for more information.

Kathy Schaefer



Indian Cooking Evening

Nov. 7, 2013

For all curry lovers , I wanted to introduce our Indian cooking classes in Eschborn. We conduct classes in English and you can check more details at our website or at facebook The concept of Cook Curry is different from other cooking schools. Here not only you learn how to cook delicious Indian dishes but also experience Indian culture in an Indian environment. Our classes are not just a cooking class but a unique Indian experience. We also show some Bollywood music and movies. Women can also enjoy wearing traditional Indian saree and get pictures clicked - its an experience of India in Germany. In our classes you will learn how to cook authentic and delicious Indian dishes. You will also learn cooking skills and techniques of using Indian spices that are both colorful and flavorful to create a meal that everyone will love to eat. We offer large range of Ayurvedic,Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian dishes. Come and join one of our running class on weekends or we also organize private group and outdoor cooking sessions at affordable price.

Deepti Agarwal

Cook Curry


Kurpark Painters

Aug. 29, 2013

Kurpark Painters is a loosely organized bunch of painting enthusiasts in the Wiesbaden area that likes to paint outdoors for a few hours twice a month. All levels are welcome –- from beginner to experienced. The next get-together is Sunday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. in the Wiesbaden Kurpark. The organizer is an American.

Kathy Schaefer


Cub Scout Hike

Aug. 23, 2013

Cub Scout Pack 13 invites all boys (first through fifth grade) to join us for a hike on Saturday, Aug. 24 and learn what scouting in Wiesbaden is all about. We will be leaving at 2 p.m. by car caravan from the Scout Hut (Texas Strasse 39 on Hainerberg Housing area). Returning 5 p.m. Hiking up Kellerkopf, climbing the stone tower for a view of the Taunus Mountains, and back down again. Bring a filled water bottle and snack. Boys must be accompanied by a parent. For more info on Cub Scout Pack 13, "Like" us on FACEBOOK at "CubScoutPack13wiesbaden" or email


English Summer Camp

June 24, 2013

From Aug. 5-16, KidsCampAmerica will be offering an English summer camp on the Campus Klarenthal. Anyone interested in sending their children to a typical American summer camp should visit our website at We offer a huge range of summer camp activities and best of all - the kids get to choose. Check out to see the activity form our campers receive once registered. We are also looking for staff! Teachers and counselors should visit to apply.

Please contact or call 069 2002 3071 for more details!

Stuart Taines

Director KidsCampAmerica

Tel 069 2002 3071


Lunchtime Concerts

June 18, 2013

The Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury, Frankfurter Str. 3 (known as The English Church) holds lunchtime concerts throughout the summer from 1-2 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. There is a refreshment bar available. Entrance is free, but donations are requested and gratefully accepted. The next concert is on Wednesday, June 19, when Cameron Nelson (classical guitar) and Friends will be playing. Future dates with varying artists are July 17, Aug. 21 and Sept. 18.
Christine Spethmann
Parish Secretary
0611 – 30 66 74

Black Horse and the Way of All Fish

April 12, 2013

The ESOC Theatre Group in Darmstadt presents the English-language performance of "Black Horse and the Way of All Fish" April 18-20 and 24-27 at the West Side Studio at Landwehrstrasse 58, 64293 Darmstadt. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. For more information visit



Wiesbaden Vikings Vs. Eintracht Frankfurt

April 8, 2013

Did you know the Wiesbaden garrison community has an ice hockey team? The Wiesbaden Vikings have been battling all season to hold on to the top spot and for the first time in the team's history will advance to the championship -- against Eintracht Franlkfurt as they defend their title from last season. The game will be held at the Frankfurt Ice Stadium (Am Bornheimer Hang 4, 60386 Frankfurt) at 5:30 p.m. April 13. Following the game is a big festival in the parking lot. Send an email to for more information..



Head to the Wiesbaden Ballet

Feb. 16

This Saturday, Feb. 16, the ballet (Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden) will be having our premier of "Ein Winternachtstraum." We are a contemporary ballet company centered in Wiesbaden. There are two pieces in the evening -- one by our director, Stephan Thoss, and another by a world-renowned Swedish choreographer, Johan Inger. More information can be found at our Facebook page. It would be wonderful if you could mention this as well. I am an American dancer in the company and check this blog weekly. I know how important it is for the English speaking community and would love for our performances to reach that audience. Thanks in advance for your help.


This is the link to the staatstheater's page about the performance.

This gives a description of the pieces, mostly in English, and also has English links to tickets and further information about the company.

It would be really really wonderful if you could include this and the Facebook page in a quick mention on the things to do this week blog.


Art show in water tower

Feb. 9-10 and 16-17, 2013

The artist Annette Bischoff who has her studio in the Darmstadt water tower (built in 1910) posted an invitation to an exhibition/open "water tower" house. It's a really unique location and her paintings are very colorful (see website for examples). I've been before and last time there was also music (her husband: Dates are Feb 9, 10, 16 and 17 from 3-7 p.m. Address is Bismarckstrasse 179, Darmstadt (easy to reach by train, it's right at Darmstadt Hbf). Phone: 06151895774



Christmas Walking Tour

Nov. 27 to Dec. 23

Enjoy a short walking tour of the Wiesbaden "Twinkling Star" Christmas Market during the holiday season. Take a look at the decorated eight-meter-high Christmas Tree in Kurhaus, the ice skating rink by the Staatstheater and explore the Christmas Market. Tours are Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. in English (2 and 4 p.m. in German) and last about an hour. Meet at the main entrance of the Market Church (big red church by City Hall). Cost is €6.50 per person. Pick up tickets at the Tourist Information Office or from the guide before the tour starts. Visit for more information.



Idstein's Christmas market 2012 – three days full of living tradition

(Nov 30 to Dec. 2)

Every year, the Idstein Christmas market attracts an increasing number of happy visitors enjoying the cosy atmosphere of Idstein's old town full of half-timbered houses. Let yourself be charmed by the aromas of mulled wine, grilled sausages, sugared almonds, hot chestnuts and other treats. Get the real feel of magic when you meet the Holy Family in the living crib.If you're tired of commercialism you should go for walk through the romantic and peaceful Idstein X-mas market. Here you can listen to Christmas carols performed by a trombone choir, a brass quartet and other wind players. You are invited to savor the romantic ambience of lovely decorated wooden huts while thousands of lights are twinkling in the dark. Maybe you already find some wonderful Christmas gifts, such as crib figurines, candles, craftworks or delicious homemade "Lebkuchen" (gingerbread biscuits). Your children will love the carousels, a ride on the little steam locomotive or the puppet theatre presented by a local kindergarten. As in previous years, both – parents and kids – will have the possibility to caress a "real" angel's wing on Saturday and Sunday. In the underpass beneath city hall, the living crib with its Holy Family, with angel, king, shepherd and several animals put a smile not only on children's eyes. 

Enjoy three days Christmas as in olden days.

Friday, Nov. 30 , 5-10 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.



English Round Table Mainz

Nov. 14, 2012 

You are interested to meet up with people from different countries, but you wish to communicate in English? No problem – the ERT Mainz (English Round Table Mainz) meets twice a month in Mainz and the “members” are from all over the world. The ERT provides the opportunity to practice or improve your English language skills or just to meet new people in a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. You can shake off your daily stress with some small talk, a cold beer or a smooth wine. This very sincere statement, mailed to us by one of our long time members, sums it up the best. "Where non-native speakers get a chance to practice every-day English with patient and considerate native-speakers, giving in reverse some knowledge of local customs and habits" The ERT meets at least twice a month, every second Thursday, at different locations and every last Tuesday at our standard location. We also plan and announce special events throughout the year. The English Round Table is open to everyone, from "Native-speaker" to "Vacation-speaker". We have only one rule! Naturally, we all speak English! So call the baby-sitter, throw away the remote control(s), turn off the PC and come join us for some laughs and a good time. There are many ways to find out where and when we will be meeting: Look up or join our Facebook group, “English Round Table of Mainz” @ The English Round Table is FREE! There are NO registration or membership fees, ever. Of course, if you eat or drink at the meetings you will need to pay for that or if you participate in a special event you may need to pay for an entrance fee.



Idstein welcomes American visitors

Oct. 25, 2012 

Let us introduce our little town to you and the American military community! We are convinced there are a lot of good reasons to get to know our enchanting small town with its beautiful half-timbered houses. It is not only Idstein historic center, perfect for strolling and lingering, its witches' tower (dating from 1170), the "Tournesol" adventure pool or the Idstein golf club that attract numerous visitors, there are also a large variety of events coming up throughout the year (wine festival in May; famous jazz festival June 21 - 23). What about enjoying the cosy atmosphere of a traditional German Christmas Market? From Nov. 30 until Dec. 2 you can experience the Holy Family, ox and sheep in  a "living crib"! It takes you only about 30 minutes to reach Idstein - wether you take the car, bus or train. We would like to invite your soldiers, civil army employees and their families to visit Idstein. Which options do you see to send or distribute our information (written invitation and flyers providing general tourist information in English language) to those families? Would it be possible to hand out those flyers on the Airfield? Or maybe you have another idea how we can get into contact with your families? Did we arouse your curiosity? We are really looking forward to welcome you and your families in Idstein!



Guided ghost hunts at haunted castles in Germany

Oct. 22, 2012 

- offered by an official TAPS family member -

Spend one of the most exciting nights of your life within the walls of a haunted castle in Bavaria, Germany. After having a delicious meal prepared using historical recipes from the Renaissance or Baroque period, experience a real ghost hunt with our team of paranormal investigators from the TAPS family. Fürsteneck Castle, as seen on one of the most popular ghost hunting series on TV, is said to be haunted by multiple ghosts. One of them is a white lady, who was sighted many times during the last centuries. There’s also the story of a witch, who was convicted and burned at the stake at the castle in 1703. She’s said to haunt the castle to get her revenge. And not to forget the ghost of a restless prince-bishop, who still roams the woods around the castle to purge for the sins he committed during his lifetime. Ghostly experiences were reported from the tenants, visitors and staff of the castle restaurant.

Neuburg Castle was built in 1050. It was visited by emperors and saints. But not only its history is exciting but also its ghosts. There are several legends about this castle, starting from a mysterious blood painting on the prison wall to the infamous “ghost room”, a haunted tunnel and many other haunted spots throughout this huge building. Many visitors have had strange experiences like being touched by invisible hands, big floating light balls they saw with their naked eye, strange noises, “conversations” with the other side by help of the K 2-metre or knocks… If you dare you can also spend a night at one of the castle’s hotel rooms. Who knows, maybe your room is one of the most haunted in this building?  

Guided ghost hunt with dinner (18 +) program:

18.00 Welcome drink and introduction of the team

18.10 Renaissance/Baroque dinner with introduction to the following ghost hunt

20.30 – 1.00 guided ghost hunt in small groups

Price for regular ghost hunting events : 75 Euro per person (meal and cocktail included). Private parties (minimum 6 participants): 80 Euro p. p.

All participants must be of age (over 18). Advance reservation is required.

There’s also the possibility to spend the night within one of the castle’s hotel rooms. For prices please see the castle hotel’s website: or  

For more information and dates please visit us at or contact us at



Pick your own apples

Aug. 24, 2012 


Now its the end of summer and that means Apples, Pumpkins, Pears, and many other wonderful things. We would like to introduce you to our local farm in Mainz where you can pick your own fresh apples.Come in the morning, afternoon or on the weekend, grab a wheel-barrel and spend a few hours wandering through the orchard. There are Apple trees, Walnuts, a shop where you can buy local fruits, pumpkins and fresh apple juice,  a picnic area and sometimes open lessons we make Apple Juice. Visit our website:, sorry its all in German, but go to IMPRESSUM for the address or KONTAKT for a map. It is just off the Mainz Marienborn Exit on A60, make a left and you will see signs for Appel Happel als ZDF.  

In September we open 7 days a week. On Sunday with Applecake, Coffee, ... At the 8. of September we have "Nightpicking", you can pick until 12o´clock pm, with headlights, campfire, "Wonderbar" with drinks, Pumpkinsoup, Brats,.....

Don`t miss our big celebration "Apfelfest" 22th / 23th September, this is a nice weekend of family fun with Pony rides, games for the kids, jump at a bouncy, Beer, Brats, Music,....

We hope to see you,

kindest regards

Ilonka and Stephan Happel



Lacrosse Camp

Aug. 1, 2012 

WHERE:  SC 1880, FELDGERICHTSTRASSE 29, 60320 FRANKFURT; DATES:  MON 6 AUG to FRI 10 AUGUST; BOYS & GIRLS FROM THE AGES OF 9 to 17; PRICE - € 100.00   (WITH FOOD = € 15.00 EXTRA). For more information contact Caspar Zizka at civ (0164) 7063 925. Email



Cub Scouts Family Swim Day

Aug. 1, 2012

Family Swim Day!  Boys ages 6-10 interested in Scouting are invited to join Cub Scout Pack 13 for a fun Family Swim Day -- Sunday, Aug. 5 at 1 p.m. at Freibad Maaraue, Maaraue 27, 55246 Mainz-Kostheim.

This is an open invitation to current, new or potential scouts and their families. Bring a picnic lunch, blanket, and sporting equipment. All children must be accompanied by a parent. (This is a new date since we were rained out last weekend.) Entrance fees are 1.50/3.50 Euro. For more information, email or find us on the web at



Mountain biking around Wiesbaden

July 30, 2012  

We are a group of German mountain bikers who want to offer the possibility to join us. We meet most Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the end of the Nerotal, and mostly on Sundays between 10 and 11 a.m. On Wednesdays the tour is not longer than about 15–20 miles doing that with moderate speed, fun is first. And by this not forgetting a cold beer after it. We are all in an age between 33 to 43 years, so everybody who wants to see the “mountains” around Wiesbaden on his or her bike, is very welcome. For details, questions and everything else (starting times, meeting points, etc.) you can reach me at civ (0611) 306 040 or mail:

Thanks for attention, and we are looking forward hearing from you



Cub Scout Mysteries at Day Camp

July 20, 2012 
Running, jumping, shooting, crafts — Cub Scouts from the Kaiserslautern Community may earn a gold medal in fun at the Cublympics Day Camp at Pulaski Park, between Pulaski Barracks and Vogelweh the week of August 14-17. This summer, the Transatlantic Council, Boy Scouts of America offers a healthy living, exciting, fun-filled and educational day camp experience in the great outdoors for Tiger Cubs, Wolf, Bears and Webelos Scouts and boys age 7-11 or who will be entering first through fifth grade in the fall. Cub Scouts will experience a week of dynamic, high-energy learning and fun, while discovering many secret and hidden mysteries by shooting BB guns, launching arrows, hiking, climbing and learning crafts at the weeklong event. For many of the Cub Scouts, the highlight of the week will be the Mysterious Game. Those interested in joining Cub Scouts should contact Those interested in joining Boy Scouts should contact



Do you miss field hockey? Ever wanted to try it? Then come to DHC Wiesbaden!

July 16, 2012  

DHC Wiesbaden, Deutscher Hockey Club Wiesbaden, has five senior teams and about 10 junior teams (boys and girls, aged  from 5-17). We play our outdoor season from April to October at Sportplatz Kleinfeldchen, Hollerbornstr. 11 on a traditional grass field; however it will soon be changed to an astroturf. The indoor hockey season training takes place in Sporthalle Klarenthal, Geschwister-Scholl-Strasse. Our women's team plays in the highest league of Hessen (Oberliga).  Our men's team is in the second league (1. Verbandsliga). We also have a womens and mens +40 team as well as a mixed senior social team playing for fun and a bit of excercise. All our junior teams participate in various competitions. We have a familiar, friendly and homley club atmosphere and always welcome new club members. There is no admission fee. Please feel feel free to contact us (; 0171-6942643; for any further information.



July 9, 2012 
A three-day baseball camp for players ages 8 and up, hosted by the Bad Homburg Hornets Baseball Club in cooperation with professional players, will be held at the Hornets Baseball Park, Sportzentrum Nordwest on Usinger Web 96, 61350 Bad Homburg, July 16-18 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is 45 euros. Email or call civ (0160) 4324719 to register.



"Jazz Week" from July 19-29 in Oestrich-Winkel, Rheingau

July 9, 2012 

Just a hop, skip and a jazzin' jump away from Wiesbaden, the wineries of Oestrich-Winkel open their doors to the annual 10-day festival of jazz. Bands from around the world heat up the summer air with the sounds of swing to blues and everything in between. Everyday a different winery hosts an exciting band. Everywhere you will find delicious wine and tasty food. Come join in the local fanfare. Every evening at 8 p.m. the music starts, Sunday at 6 p.m. Sunday jazz brunches begin at noon. Doors open 2 hours before (1 hour before brunch events), so you can grab a great seat, quench your thirst with homegrown wines and dig into the regional specialties. (Tickets at the door: €10) For more details, download the flyer at

Erika Buntschuh

Wine discovery at the town

July 6, 2012 

If you have an interest in wine, please drop into us, as we are very passionate about our wines, and are here to give you professional advice on all your wine needs, in a relaxed setting. We are always happy to answer your queries and give further information to help you in your wine choices. You can park your car at our comfortable customer-parking in the courtyard behind our shop. You want to taste the wines before shopping? No problem! The „every-day“ wines are open for tasting. Our opening times are: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Check

Weincontor Wiesbaden

Hans-Jürgen Becker

Taunusstrasse 5

65183 Wiesbaden

Tel.: 0611-1746652

Fax: 0611-1746653


Discover Wiesbaden by Segway

June 22, 2012 

If you´d like to discover Wiesbaden in an effortless way, enjoying the unique Segway feeling, contact us or take a look at our website. All of our tours are offered in German and English. Requests for Teambuilding events etc. are very welcome. We are proud to offer a 10% Army reduction for ID cardholders.



Seeking youth basketball players for German league

June 21, 2012 

SV Goethe e.V. Mainz boys basketball team is seeking players 15-17 years old to play on its German league team. Home games are played Sundays at 3 p.m and away games on Saturdays. Call (06131) 4820045 or (0176) 25601792 or email more information.

Nu Skin facials offered

June 21, 2012 

Would you like to look 5 years younger? If so, come get inspired and empowered and unlock your skin's youth with a free half-face facial demonstration of the Nu Skin anti-aging system. The difference is demonstrated. Nu Skin understands the ultimate causes or sources of aging and treating the signs and symptoms. To set an appointment call (0160) 9033-2404 or email

Visit the beer garden at the Hotel Kloster Johannisberg

June 19, 2012 

Enjoy a spicy beer and regional dishes at our rustic beer garden. On Thursday we offer our barbecue buffet. In addition, we serve local specialties as Flammkuchen (Tarte flambee) and Handkäse mit Musik (spicy sour milk cheese).
Our waiters and waitresses speak English, we accept credit cards, and we have our own parking lot. There is no specific dress code. Our beer garden is only open if the weather is nice. Alternatively you can always enjoy the fantastic cuisine of our restaurant.
Our opening times are: 5-10 p.m., Monday to Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and Holidays. The restaurant is open Monday to Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. We kindly ask that reservations be maded at (06722) 497910 or
Hotel Kloster Johannisberg
Badpfad 1
65366 Geisenheim-Johannisberg (Rheingau)
(approximately only 30 minutes from Wiesbaden)
Hotel Kloster Johannisberg

Sports camp

May 30, 2012 

An American sports camp will be held at the SC Frankfurt 1880 July 9-13. The five-day camp for boys and girls ages 9-17 includes workshops in baseball, football, lacrosse and basketball with competition on the final day. Cost is €105 per person including a camp T-shirt. Visit, email or call civ (069) 5600 5788 for more information and to register.


World-class athletes at local track-and-field competition

May 14, 2012

Two weeks before the opening of the Olympic Games on July 13 my club, SKV Mörfelden, organizes an outstanding track and field competition with the two top U.S. decathlon athletes and several other German athletes. Everyone who is interested in seeing the actual world champions Trey Hardee and Aston Eaton live, right before the Games, is welcome to visit this great event in Mörfelden. Visit for more information.

Oliver Scherf, SKV Mörfelden


Tips and advice for living in and around Frankfurt

March 27, 2012

I recently relocated to Frankfurt and have started a blog with some colleagues on tips and advice on living in and around Frankfurt am Main, Germany. From things to do, to restaurants to go to, places to see, etc.

I wanted to submit it to you guys and see if you might be interested in featuring some of our posts. You can check it out here:  

Thanks and keep up with the good work! :)


Frankfurt's Best

Boy Scouts map out historical trails

Jan. 30, 2012

Over the years, several Boy Scouts have mapped out and put together historical trail guides for different locations throughout Europe. These guides can be viewed and downloaded from the Transatlantic Council website: The locations include: Bastogne, Waterloo, Normandy, Paris, Heidelberg, Berlin, London, Nuernburg, Pisa, Verona, Meuse Argonne, Flanders Fields, and Hague.

Randolph Cooke

Pick your own apples

Aug. 23, 2011

Fall is here and that means Apples, Pumpkins, fruits, fresh apple juice and many other wonderful things!

We would like to introduce you and your families to our small local farm in Mainz Marienborn where you can pick your own apples.!!

Come in the morning, afternoon or on the weekend, grab a wheel-barrel and spend a few hours wandering through the orchard.

There are apple trees, pears, walnuts,... a picnic area and sometimes open lessons on how we make apple juice.

The website is , sorry it's all in German, but go to IMPRESSUM for the address or KONTAKT for a map. It is just off the Mainz Marienborn Exit on the A60, make a left and you will see the signs for APPEL HAPPEL also ZDF.

Don't miss the Party "Nightpicking"  on September Saturday 10., 7PM, with music, fire and "Wonderbar." Also don't miss the "Appleparty" or "Hoffest" on Saturday / Sunday  Sept. 24-25, this is a nice weekend of family fun with pony rides, games for kids, beer, brats music and apples, apples, apples.....

May pass on this mail to your friends.

Hope to meet you,

Yours sincerely

Ilonka uind Stephan Happel


Paint en plein air

June 10, 2001/Summer/Fall 2011

I am starting a group of amateur painters who would like to paint en plein air - like outdoors in natural settings. We will meet once or twice a month for two or three hours in the Wiesbaden area and all you need is paper and a pencil, a small paintbox, felt tip pens - anything goes. I can provide transportation if necessary. I am an artist from the US and am retired. E-mail me for further details and to join at Visit for more information on the group.

Kathy Schaefer

Grand opening of "House of the Region"

May 24, 2011

Dear Sir and Madame,

We would like to inform you about our upcoming grand opening of the “House of the region” at Flörsheim-Weilbach at 29th of May. On this Sunday we will have a nice family day starting from  10 – 18 hrs offering regional products, food and drinks, music and local activities plus information about the region of Rhein Main plus our grand opening of the “Regionalparkhaus” with lots of information about interesting walking and bicycle tours.

The “Regionalpark” is a non-profitable company which is connecting agricultural landscapes, forests, idyllic places, gardens and parks plus historical spots besides all the industrial areas into one great circle. A special offer to recover and experience nature in front of your home. Good signposted and easy to reach by foot or bicycle. Til now there are 350 km with 180 destinations finished and in a circle from Frankfurt “Greenbelt” to Rüdesheim (Rheingau), Wetterau, the hessian Ried to the East at Kinzigtal easy reachable.   You can hop off at one of the nice little German towns to enjoy local food and drinks or book one of the tours published at our website (in german).

Maybe you would like to post this event and the information at your site? Maps of elaborated trails will be available at the 29th May  at our front desk or by interest you can purchase those at our “Regionalparkhaus”  from Tue-Sun from 10-18 hrs or if needed we can send some maps to your local tourist information center. At the House you will find an exhibition showing some of the places you can visit.

For further information please check our website: now just in german) or contact me. 

Best regards

Brigitte Whittaker

Regionalpark Ballungsraum RheinMain gGmbH

Frankfurter Straße 76

65439 Flörsheim-Weilbach

Tel: 06145/936 36 20


Join fellow amateur artists on the Main River

April 7, 2011

"Montmartre am Main," an international group of amateur artists meets April 17 at 2 p.m. on the banks of the Main River in Frankfurt-Höchst. Individuals interested in painting outdoors are welcome to join the group for an afternoon. Visit for more information on the group.

Kathy Schaefer


Help maintaining your own garden while in Germany

Jan. 20, 2011

I live in Nordentadt and last year got together with the Germans and maintained  a garden from spring to October. It was wonderful. The German owners of the farm planted 20 some different vegetables and provided everything. All we had to do was water, weed and harvest the vegetables. They sent out newsletters and kept us updated on the garden (in German though). With more Americans, I think they would put it in English. I believe they have these gardens throughout Wiesbaden and it is a great way to have contact with the Germans while having nice fresh seasonal vegetables.  

The one in Nordenstadt is getting ready to have a meeting. I think this meeting will give out information on all the plots in Wiesbaden or the person can find out the closest one to them. Contact information is:

Location of meeting: At the Scholzenhof, Breckenheimer Weg 22 in Wiesbaden - Nordenstadt

Date:  Sunday February 27 th at 4:30 pm.

Purpose: Rent Your Own Vegetable Garden

Description: Harvest your own vegetables by renting a plot from spring to October. Our vegetable gardens are for rent where we already preplant 20 different kinds of vegetables and flowers. Everything else you need is there such as water, gardening tools and information/assistance from the farmer. Come and learn more about our gardens.

Contact Information: Natalie Kirchbaumer or meine ernte GbR  or by phone 0228 28617119

Bonnie Martin

5th Signal Command


Indian Curry Cooking Classes

Nov. 17, 2010

For all curry lovers , I wanted to introduce our Indian cooking classes in Eschborn. We conduct classes in English and you can check more details at our website <>  or at facebook The concept of Cook Curry is different from other cooking schools. Here not only you learn how to cook delicious indian dishes but also experience Indian culture in an Indian environment. Our classes are not just a cooking class but a unique Indian experience. We also show some Bollywood music and movies. Women can also enjoy wearing traditional Indian saree and get pictures clicked - its an experience of India in Germany. In our classes you will learn how to cook authentic and delicious Indian dishes. You will also learn cooking skills and techniques of using Indian spices that are both colorful and flavourful to create a meal that everyone will love to eat. We offer large range of Ayurvedic,Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian dishes. Come and join one of our running class on weekends or we also organize private group and outdoor cooking sessions at affordable price.

Deepti Agarwal

Cook Curry



English-language murder mystery play

Oct. 20, 2010

Please join us for an evening of theater, and bring all your friends!  

Frankfurt English Speaking Theatre e.V. proudly presents: AUDIENCE WITH MURDER by Roger Leach and Colin Wakefield. Plot is: 4 actors gathered for a play reading, 3 murder methods, 2 deaths and 1 inspector ... but nothing is what is seems in this puzzling thriller. If you want to find out "whodunnit" - or perhaps rather, who's done WHAT - come to the International Theatre Frankfurt Oct. 21-23 October. Details on


Writers Group to present work Nov. 4

Oct. 11, 2010

The members of the Heidelberg Writers Group, an organization of English-language authors and poets will offer a reading of their work in Nordenstadt on November 4, 2010.;knr:B41177N


Jill-Ann Stolley Vick


Complimentary skin care facials, color cosmetic workshops

Sept. 21, 2010

I offer complimentary skin care facials, color cosmetic workshops and in the greater Wiesbaden, Mainz, Darmstadt, Frankfurt area for women between 18-60 in both English and German. You can contact me at 0176 62717032 or via my website

Regards, Maureen



Walking tours of Wiesbaden and Mainz

Sept. 15, 2010

I offer regular guided Walking Tours in English, of Wiesbaden and Mainz. As we walk, I talk about the history and culture of these two very different cities.


Private tours can also be arranged. Discounts for U.S. military personnel.

Thank you,



Pick your own apples

Aug. 25, 2010

Fall is here and that means apples, pumpkins, and many other wonderful things. I would like to introduce you to a small local farm in Mainz where you can pick your own apples. Come in the morning, afternoon or on the weekend, grab a wheelbarrel and spend a few hours wandering through the orchard. There are apple trees, pears, walnuts, a picnic area and sometimes open lessons on how they make apple juice.

The website is , Sorry its all in German, but go to IMPRESSUM for the address or KONTAKT for a map. It is just off the Mainz Lerchenberg Exit on the A60, make a left and you will see signs for APPEL HAPPEL also ZDF.

And dont miss the Hof-Fest Oct. 2-3, this is a nice weekend of family fun w/pony rides, games for kids, beer, brats, music and apples, apples ....

Stephan Happel


Participants wanted for university study

Aug. 16, 2010

The University of Mainz (Department of English and Liguistics, Research Group Neurokognitive Gundlagen sprachlicher Universalien) is looking for American English native speakers who would participate in an empirical psycholinguistic study (method: combined EEG and eye-tracking).

Participants should be between 18-30 years of age, right-handed, and a native English speaker from the United States (raised monolingually). Participation takes about two hours and participants receive €7 per hour.

If interested please contact Jane Han at


Roleplaying events for German and American players

Aug. 13, 2010

The Wiesbaden RPG community schedules monthly role-playing events for German and American players. Game sessions (like Dungeons and Dragons) are held in German as well as English. Feel free to sign up for their newsletter at For further inquiries please contact

Mit freundlichen Gruessen -- Matthias Schaefer

Model Airplane Show

Aug. 11, 2010

There is an annual model airplane air show in August. This year it will be Aug. 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (in Weilbach just past A3 Kreuz on A66). Entrance fee is €2. Kids are free. Visit

Randy Cooke

Giant hamburgers at the Harley Garage Wallau

June 24, 2010

Dear all,

Just to remind you this weekend is the party of the year: 15 years of Harley Garage Wallau (Werner von Siemensstrasse 4-6, 65719 Hofheim-Wallau). Details about the program can be found under the following link: I will serve on Saturday " Giant Hamburgers" on Saturday and on Sunday there will be a Louisiana BBQ. Looking forward seeing you all.

If there are any questions please call me on my mobile: 0172-6518101



Cafe to watch the World Cup

June 18, 2010

How could I go about having you add a wonderful Café to your outstanding selection? They have a variety of things on the menu including American BBQ Grilled right in front of you. They are offering a very large screen located on the café terrace for viewing the world soccer games for the next few weeks along with live entertainment. Lots of Americans have found their way there, a good location and easy to find. This is a very welcoming place, family oriented and the food is great. I would recommend you pay a visit if your schedule permits, you will not be disappointed. 


Walter-Hallstein-Str. 5-7

65187 Wiesbaden

Open Mon-Fri 0900-2300

     Sat-Sun 1000-2300

Note:  Located directly across the street from the Paulinen Klinik.

Dutch Fireworks Festival

June 16, 2010

I don't know if this qualifies for the blog since it really isn't in the local area. But, we went last year and had a great time. Scheveningen International Fireworks Festival  (The beach community near Den Hauge, Netherlands)

when: Aug. 12-14 (annual)

where: Van der Valk Pier

cost: Free

time: Daily 10 p.m. & 11 p.m.

Enjoy aerial pyrotechnics during the annual Scheveningen International Fireworks Festival held at Van der Valk Pier, orchestrated by teams from all over the world. The pier lights up twice every evening, with the overall winner announced on the last night.

Randy Cooke

'Spirit of New Orleans' American-style restaurant

June 1, 2010

I recently opened an American-style restaurant (Hessenstrasse 17d, 65719 Hofheim-Wallau - Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday; Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.). The name of the restaurant is "Spirit of New Orleans" and I serve traditional Louisiana-style food. I am originally from Louisiana and formally worked for MWR, but since 1998 I run my own business on the German side (Cateringservice & Restaurant). As a specialty I do fish and shrimp fry every Friday. It will be served with collard greens and cornbread. Next to ribs, fried chicken, burgers, etc. I hope I made your mouth water :-) During the summer I organize public barbecues at the Harley Garage in Wallau (Address: Werner- von Siemensstrasse 4-6; 65719 Hofheim-Wallau). It would be great if you could pass this information on to the American community. If there are any questions please call me on my mobile at 0172-6518101 or come by the restaurant.

With regards

John Romar

Mainz baseball league

April 1, 2010

I’ve seen posts about American Baseball in Homburg etc.. but just wanted to share that there’s Bundesliga Baseball in Mainz which has been around since 1988. They won the first German Title in 2007 and have a lot of good talent.. This year we have 3 Japanese International players on the team, which it changes every year.. Anyways, if you need more information I would be glad to point you in the right direction or fill in the blanks.. I have just returned to Germany and was involved with the club for 10 years..

NOTE: The first game is this weekend which happens to be “away” but the first home game is on April 10th. The full schedule is on this site. You can also maneuver around the site for the club information which is all in German. The club has 4 mens leagues to include kids leagues as well and Americans are more than welcome to join..

Just thought I would throw my 2 cents in..


Kevin Anderson

Corps of Engineers-Hessen Area Office

English-language theater festival in May

March 22, 2010

I recently saw a copy of your Things To Do publication and wanted to ensure that you and your readers were made aware of FEATS 2010 – The annual Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies.

Briefly, FEATS is continental Europe’s largest (and, of course, best) English-language theatre festival. It takes place over four days in a different city every year, and will be in Bad Homburg for the fourth time since 1991. 12 groups from all over Europe take part in a spirit of friendly competition. Each group performs a one-act play under the watchful eye of a professional adjudicator, who reviews each play in public and awards prizes on the last night. We also run a fringe festival with workshops and smaller shows. Lots more information, including a ticket shop, is on

If you have any questions, please let me know. Hope to see you at the theatre in May!

Kind regards

David Mark

Chairman, FEATS 2010

Greek Festival in Wiesbaden-Biebrich

Feb. 24, 2010

This years' Greek Festival in Wiesbaden-Biebrich is on Sunday, April 25, 2010 beginning around noon.

* Live Greek Band

* Traditional Greek Dancing for all to join in

* Souvlaki on the Grill with Tzaziki and Bread

* Real Homemade Pastries by the Ladies of the Community (although they are practically sold in the first hour - act fast!)

* Tents & Outdoor Seating

* The Main Church and Small Chapel will be open also for anyone interested in seeing the Byzantine iconography with English tour

Here's a link to their website

LOCATION: Rheingaustr. 170b, 65203 Wiesbaden

(It is very near the Biebrich Castle and walking trail along the Rhein River)

Hope to see you there 

Performance at the Hoffart Theater in Darmstadt, Dec. 3-5

Nov. 24, 2009

The European Space Center in Darmstadt theater presents “Our Country’s Good” a play by Timberlake Wertenbaker, Dec. 3, 4, and 5. The performance on these days is in English and for mature audiences. "Our Country’s Good" is set in the late 1780s and tells the heart-rending story of British convicts and Royal Marines transported to Australia to establish the first penal colony.

Doors open 6:30 p.m., play begins 7:30 p.m. Tickets (Euro 10) available on line or at the door.

-- Daniel  

European Space Agency

German-American Community Choir concert in Frankfurt

Sept. 8, 2009

I thought our choir and the concerts could be interesting for your "Things to do blog," so I would like to draw your attention on our annual autumn concert:

Sunday, September 26th 2009, 20.00 p.m., Saalbau Bornheim, Arnsburger Str. 24, Frankfurt-Bornheim. The Choir will present an interesting and unusual selection of international love songs, including Brahms’ “Neue Liebeslieder” in waltz meter, popular songs from well-known musicals or the musical setting of a French poem by Rilke. A variety of songs sung by soloists and small groups of singers from among the members of the choir will round off the program. Musical accompaniment will be provided for the Choir by pianists Jim Schar and Margaret Busby. For more information please see on our homepage ( or have a look on our poster which is attached. We would be pleased if we could welcome you at our concert. 

With musical greetings

Martina Schaumburg

German-American Community Choir e.V.

Time to pick apples

Sept. 8, 2009

Hello All, Fall is here and that means Apples, Pumpkins, and many other wonderful things! I would like to introduce you to a small local farm in Mainz where you can pick your own apples! Come in the afternoon or on the weekend, grab a wheel-barrel and spend a few hours wandering through the orchard. There are apple trees, pears, walnuts, a picnic area and sometimes open lessons on how they make apple juice. The website is , Sorry it's all in German, but go to IMPRESSUM for the address or KONTAKT for a map.  It is just off the Mainz Marienborn Exit on the A60, make a left and you will see signs for Appel Happel also ZDF. And don't miss the Hoff-Fest October 3/4; this is a nice weekend of family fun w/ pony rides, games for the kids, beer, brats, music and apples, apples, apples.

Gardens to visit

Aug. 4, 2009

Two nearby must-see gardens to visit this time of year:

In Wiesbaden in the Aukamm area on Aukammallee  right across from the Deutche  Klinik fur Diagnostik is the extensive Apothekergarten. It is at its peak this time of year (late July).  Beware if you are allergic to or afraid of bees however – it is buzzing with them but beautiful and interesting.   Water lilies are in bloom in the little pond right now. It is a peaceful place to walk, sit, and relax and learn about the healing qualities of different plants.  It is nearby and free!  See for information.

Also, a little drive but worthwhile is the Kloster Garden in Seligenstadt , a former Benedictine monastery. The garden here include topiary fruit trees, beds of colorful flowers and espalied fruit trees.  It is near Hanau and information about this lovely town is available at   The garden is free.   There is a beautiful Basilica and an extensive Herb Garden in addition to the formal Baroque style garden beds.  It is a feast of color for the eyes!

-Christine Jones

Castle Festival in Eppstein

Aug. 4, 2009

Herewith I would like to use this opportunity to contribute a suggestion for “Things to do” in August:

From Saturday 28.08. to Sunday 30.08.2009 the Burgfest in Eppstein (Taunus, approx.30 minutes north of Wiesbaden) takes place:

On Saturday the festivity starts at 18.00h with a live band playing in the castle main yard. In the former great hall (the Palas) of the castle will be a vine & Sekt (sparkling vine) bar serving various vines from Rheingau. At the same time in one of the outer courtyards the “Landsknechte” will serve dark beer from Franconia from wooden casks, spare rips, and grilled steaks. If you prefer typical Hessian cuisine: food and self made apple vine will be served by the Stadtwache in the Mainzer Keller, one of the castle’s cellars. For those preferring cocktails: There is also a cocktail bar on one of the platforms overlooking the main yard.

While Saturday is more a day for partying and to enjoy a pint, the activities on Sunday focus on the family live: The days starts at 11.00h with a Jazz- Band in the main yard (until 13.00) followed by a Rock-Ensemble. Coffee and self made cake will be available in the Kemenate (another part of the castle’s quarters). In the outer court yard will be a flee market for kids (toys & the like) and some games for small children (starting at 09.00h to 13.00h). From 13.00h on there will be some history made tangible: a small medieval camp in the Palas garden showing copies of 13th century medieval armoury . In the Mainzer Keller puppeteers will show a quite “political” story for children: Die Tier–Republik (The Animal Republic) (show at 14.00h and at 15.30h). For adults the Palas vine and sparkling vine bar will be open. Apart from that the castle’s museum and the baroque- Altangarten are open from 11.00h to 17.00h. At 17.00h the castle will close its gates.

Entrance is Saturday and Sunday (Saturday entrance includes Sunday) 4 Euro, Sunday 2 Euro for adults and juveniles, kids smaller than “sword-height” are free of charge.

Some information (unfortunately just in German) are on

I hope this might be interesting for you,



Kudos for Things to do newsletter

July 8, 2009

The 'Things-to-do" Newsletter is a valuable resource for me to support the Newcomers here at the ACS Newcomer's Information Center.

Irmgard Goebel

Editor's note: It's available online at

German-American Choir concert

May 5, 2009

Dear Sirs,

I saw your blog at the web and I thought our choir and the concerts could be interesting for your "Things to do blog."

So I would like to pay your attention on our annual spring concert:

Sunday, May 17, 2009, at 5 p.m. at the Frauenfriedenskirche Frankfurt/Main, Zeppelinallee 101.

Come with us on a musical journey which has the Gabriel Faures Requiem as its pivotal focus. Faure himself said of his work: "I wanted to write something different" and on this note, the German-American Community Choir will present a rather different concert.

For more information please see on our homepage

Horse Lovers Everywhere!!!

April 13, 2009

Brodhecker Burghof is the Best Place in Germany to learn to Ride Horses!!!

They are located near the Dagger Complex, between Riedstadt and Griesheim (see attached map).

They have THREE indoor riding halls, so it is available year-round!

They have many different times available for those unusual work schedules, including Evening classes, Saturdays and Events.

They can accommodate all ages, from 3 and up.

They have SPECIAL EDUCATION RIDING for handicapped students, and are fully certified to teach at all levels.

They speak English or German.

They have in-house shows for those who just want to go and watch.

They serve a fantastic home-made lunch on Saturdays, all farm fresh foods.

The prices are very good, cheaper than riding in Wiesbaden, and they can accommodate more riders than the reitanlages here.

I have been riding there for two years, and can definitely recommend them for both adults and children of all riding abilities!!!

THEY ALSO TAKE VAT FORMS for large purchases such as riding cards and

equipment or toys.

Look and See:

Thank you,

M. L. Lamm

This years' Greek Festival in Wiesbaden-Biebrich

April 13, 2009

It will be Sunday afternoon, April 26, probably from noon to 7 p.m. or so.

Here's what you can expect to find:

* Live Greek Band

* Traditional Greek Dancing for all to join in

* Souvlaki on the Grill with Tzaziki and Bread

* Real Homemade Pastries by the Ladies of the Community (although they are practically sold in the first hour - act fast!)

* Tents & Outdoor Seating

* The Main Church and Small Chapel will be open also for anyone interested in seeing the Byzantine iconography with English tour

Here's a link to their website if you want to check out some photos

LOCATION: Rheingaustr. 170b, 65203 Wiesbaden (It is very near the Biebrich Castle and walking trail along the Rhein River)

~ Hope to see you there ~

Helpful links for Things to do

Feb. 26, 2009

Here is a list I keep on my computer for those weekend when I cant think of anything to do........ - amusement park up A5 toward Bad Homburg. - Outdoor bobsled type track, i havent been here yet but I have heard it was a lot of fun. Just dont forget how to slow down! - Better for warmer weather, this is a barefoot waling trail. It features different textures for your feet and is supposed to be very health beneficial. - GREAT hostel near Centro mall (more following on mall) We stayed here with two kids and newborn and they were very nice and friendly! Europe's largest shopping area, with a giant food court. They even have an amusement park attached and a sea life within walking distance! this is a great weekend getaway! -never been here looks cool! - list of indoor play areas!!! another indoor playplace in darmstadt. - Indoor Beach!!! its kinda far away, looks like a lot of fun!! you can even camp on the beach!!

That is my list for now, Today we are going to the fasching parade downtown!

Sarah Richardson -- via email

Darmstadt Kontakt Club still in full swing

Jan. 28, 2009

The Darmstadt German-American Friendship Outreach Kontakt Darmstadt is still up and running, therefore we would appreciate it, if you could permanently add us to the "things to do blog." Our calendar of events and further information can be found at: We meet every second Tuesday (even calendar weeks) from 7:30 p.m. at McDonald’s on Heidelberger Strasse 191, 64285 Darmstadt. Additionally we plan many events during the week or on the weekends.

Margareth Nazar — German-American Friendship Outreach Kontakt Darmstadt

No more Christmas Markets

Jan. 14, 2009

Christmas Markets are over.

Michael Jost -- Wiesbaden DFMWR

Mainz Christmas Market Praise

Dec. 23, 2008

Once again Mainz has proven itself to be a very shopper friendly city going above and beyond to provide an attractive, fun, and well thought out Christmas market. The market itself is in the shopping district with a grant entrance. The entrance to the market opens facing the Mainz Opera House and is bordered by two very large Christmas trees created out of light. Just past these, there city has erected a giant traditional German Christmas carousel (The kind you would put candles around and the heat would make the fan blades at the top spin, which in turn, spin the entire contraption). There are plenty of vendors selling everything from hand made jewelry, to traditional German Christmas decorations and knick-knacks, spices, hot glühwein, roasted chestnuts, and just about everything else you can think of. Since the vendors are in the shopping district, they are surrounded by the normal Mainz shops who are offering some very attractive sales right now. As for bathroom services, the Kaufhof department store offers restrooms on the 2nd floor for public use, simply drop a coin or two as a tip for the cleaning person. I personally have always preferred Mainz to Wiesbaden for shopping mostly because I am not a member of the ultra rich, whom Wiesbaden seems to play towards mostly. Mainz is a more friendly, down to earth City, with real people, and real fun. I highly recommend their Christmas market.

John Kennedy

Things to Do appreciation

Dec. 12, 2008

I am extremely proud of our PAO. Each of the staff members go above and beyond to make sure the community is informed and in-touch with what is going on both in and outside of our community. They are also extremely helpful and cooperative when asked for assistance and ideas. I especially enjoy the article Anemone sends out each Friday entitled 'Things to Do'. Often I have selected an activity from this page, which my family has greatly enjoyed. I look forward to this article every Friday. (Note: Things to Do is now sent weekly on Thursday. The change was made in response to an ICE comment.)

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Things to Do appreciation

Dec. 11, 2008

I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the "Things to Do" email that is sent out on a weekly basis. What a wonderful resource! My family and I use it every week to discover something new here in the area. I also appreciate the fact that you send it out on Thursday instead of waiting until Friday. Great information and good job! Thank you!

Jan Meert -- Wiesbaden

Rüdesheim Christmas Market

Dec. 6, 2008

I appreciate the information in the Things to Do newsletter. However, you should know that the Christmas Market of Nations in Rüdesheim is REALLY the worst Christmas market I have ever been to. The people are selling plastic spongebob stuff, cheesy t-shirts, etc. Why are you promoting this one so heavily??

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Ice skating at Wiesbaden Christmas Market

Nov. 25, 2008

"I love the way Wiesbaden sets up its ice skating rink at the Hessen State Theater every year around Christmas time. People can enjoy the Wiesbaden Christmas Market which runs from Nov. 25 to Dec. 23 downtown while their kids go skating on the outdoor rink. The rink opens Nov. 29 and stays open through the holidays to Jan. 11. People can either bring their own skates or rent them at the rink. What's also cool is that stores in downtown Wiesbaden stay open until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday during the holiday period, Nov. 24 to Dec. 30."

Deborah -- Wiesbaden community member


Link to USAG Wiesbaden's current Things to do