Garden fair opens April 1

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The Gartenschau Kaiserslautern will reopen its doors for its 11th season April 1.
Gartenschau Queen Victoria will welcome visitors at 10 a.m. at the fountain near the main entrance and walk with them across the area. The official season opening with the musical comedians of the Running Orchestra and the Mabo Band will start at 2 p.m. April 3.

Through Oct. 31, visitors can enjoy a variety of flowers, exhibitions, activities, entertainment and dinosaurs.

“This year our motto is ‘World Trip,’” said Sandra Laux, the Gartenschau spokeswoman. “Our gardners are arranging the flower beds in a way to represent the eight continents, including North and South Pole,” she said. The flower beds are walk-in flower beds again meaning that visitors can just walk into the middle of it to be able take the right photo.

The first flowers blooming will be thousands of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.
“This year, we will have two new gardens: a rhododendron garden with flowers blooming in May, and a blinds garden where plants are perceivable through touching and smelling,” Mrs. Laux said.

The willow church on Kaiserberg hill will offer worship services on weekends. Also on Kaiserberg hill is a new area to relax with a bare foot path consisting of 12 stations.

Other attractions include a dinosaur exhibit with about 80 dinosaur models and the Biblical farmers’ and Japanese gardens.

Children can enjoy a variety of playgrounds, a skate rink, a soccer field, beach volleyball field and miniature golf in Neumühlepark.

The Kaiserslautern Gartenschau also presents a variety of musical events, children’s programs, family fests, displays and markets. Exhibitions will include an environmental display and international artists showing off their skills of forging and wrought-iron works.

“We will offer a three-day October fest and our annual pumpkin fest will have the motto ‘fairy tale,’ meaning that more than 30,000 pumpkins will be used to create fairy tale characters,” Mrs. Laux said.

The Gartenschau store has been extended and will offer some new items for sale, including orchids. Visitors may also find a new surprise near the orchids: three pairs of parrot pairs, called “The Inseparables,” because that is what they are — inseparable.

Visitors interested in having a barbecue party in the park can reserve the grill area for free.

Daily admission times are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to
7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and during German school breaks. Daily tickets cost €6 for adults and €3 for children. The evening tickets after 5 p.m. are half-price.

Customers of the Kaiserslautern technical works, TWK, can obtain reduced season tickets for families for the price of €17. TWK has sent out information letters to their customers.

A special ticket for families called “Family 39” is a ticket for at least two adults and their children. The ticket costs €39 for the whole season.

For more information, visit or call 0631-71007-00.

The Kaiserslautern Gartenschau is looking for English-speaking people who are interested in conducting guided tours in English. For details, call Sandra Laux at 0631-71007-0 or e-mail her at