Kaiserslautern’s old part of town, called the “Altstadt,” will lure more than 150,000 visitors when it celebrates its annual Altstadtfest, or old town fest, July 6 to 8.
For three days and two nights, Steinstrasse and its side streets will be one giant open-air arena for musical entertainment.
Kaiserslautern’s lord mayor, Dr. Klaus Weichel, will officially open the event at 7 p.m. July 6 at the Wadgasserhof on Steinstrasse. The Midnight Movers will then take over to entertain the audience. During the three-day event, more than 70 bands and artists will perform on nine stages set up between Martinsplatz at the bottom of Steinstrasse and Mainzer Tor at the top of Steinstrasse. Dancing and entertaining music will be presented on the stage near the Kaiserbrunnen. On Stockhausplatz, various soul artists will perform, and in the Kopp & Kraus yard, radio station RPR1 will play party music.
“The Altstadt fest will surprise with new performers this year,” said Alexander Hess, project manager of the office for events in Kaiserslautern. “With the support of sponsors, we are able to present such a diversified entertaining program of a high quality again.”
More than 80 national and international vendors will also sell their merchandise, such as arts and crafts items, leather goods, jewelry and clothes.
About 40 restaurant and pub owners located in the Altstadt, as well as regional associations, will put up booths and tables and take visitors on a culinary trip around the world.
The medieval group Die Legende will set up a medieval camp in Klosterstrasse and present show fights, medieval dancing, and music and fire shows.
The election of Miss Kaiserslautern 2012 will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. July 8 on Unionsplatz.
“In recent years, the fest was always a peaceful one,” Hess said. “We hope it will be the same this year and everybody will enjoy it.”
The fest is open from 3 p.m. July 6 to 1 a.m. July 7; from 11 a.m. July 7 to 1 a.m. July 8; and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 8.
For more information on the program, bands and times, pick up the brochure in the Kaiserslautern Tourist Information office next to the Fruchthalle, in local restaurants or other official institutions.
Several streets will be closed to traffic. For details about the fest and parking possibilities, visit http://www.kaiserslautern.de.
Organizers recommend visitors use the Kaiserslautern night buses and regional trains to get home at night. Trains will depart the Kaiserslautern train station direction Saarbrücken at 12:02 a.m. and Homburg at 12:47 a.m. Trains to Landstuhl, Kusel, Pirmasens, Lauterecken and Rockenhausen will leave at 12:30 a.m.
For details, visit http://www.bahn.de.