Kaiserslautern celebrates Altstadtfest

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Visitors of the Altstadtfest can listen and dance to bands playing on 11 stages. The annual fest takes place today through Sunday. — Photos by City of Kaiserslautern

The historical part of Kaiserslautern called “Altstadt” will lure more than 200,000 visitors when it celebrates its annual Altstadtfest, old town fest, today to Sunday. For three days and two nights, Steinstrasse and its side streets will be one giant open-air area.

Kaiserslautern’s Lord Mayor, Dr. Klaus Weichel, will officially open the event at 7 p.m. today at Mainzer Tor (near Emperor’s fountain in Steinstrasse) to be followed by entertainment with the party band The Favorits. Also here on the stage next to the fountain, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band will entertain the audience 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday

During the three-day event, more than 50 bands and artists will perform on 11 stages set up between Martinsplatz on and Mainzer Tor.

“Like in recent years, our Altstadtfest again will surprise with new participants to highlight the cultural diversity,” said Alexander Hess, project manager of the office for events in Kaiserslautern. “We are able to offer a high-quality entertaining program and provide safety with the support of sponsors.”

More than 80 national and international vendors will present their merchandise such as leather goods, jewelry and clothes in the little side streets.

An arts and crafts mile can be found at Rittersberg.

Steinstrasse in Kaiserslautern is the main stage for the annual Altstadtfest, which is scheduled from today through Sunday.

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 throughout the world.

A medieval camp near St. Martin’s Church will display how people lived in the Middle Ages. Children can enjoy a little knights’ camp.

The election of Miss Kaiserslautern 2017 will take place 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday on Unionsplatz.

Organizers recommend that party-goers leave their vehicles at home.

“Like in recent years, the Kaiserslautern night bus will be available to take home night owls,” said Hess.

Busses depart the bus station at the Kaiserslautern city hall between 0:15 and 3:15 a.m. For more information and to see the bus schedule, visit www.swk-kl.de/en/transportaiton/the-lautrer-night-bus.html.

The fest is open today 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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 www.kaiserslautern.de.

The Emperor’s fountain in Steinstrasse is surrounded by activities of the Altstadtfest. Here, the Kaiserslautern lord mayor will open the fest at 7 p.m. today.