Lake, Torch Ride Lure Visitors to Eiswoog

by Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

Not only in warm weather, but also in winter, the Eiswoog lake near Ramsen lures a lot of visitors. Saturday, organizers of “Eiswoog on flame” expect around 5,000 guests. 

The event features a Bengal light show on the lake, musical entertainment, a fire show, eating and drinking and a torch ride on a special old train, called Stumpfwaldbahn, which travels in the upper Eistal valley near Ramsen.

The torch rides, which start at 5 p.m., take passengers on an illuminated route between the train stations at Eiswoog lake and Bockbach valley.

Visitors can buy torches near the event locations, but for safety reasons the train conductor will decide if they can take them along on the train. Visitors are asked to handle the torches carefully and put them out or leave them in the campfires.

Next to both train stations and at the Seehaus Forelle restaurant, warm meals and drinks will be served.

Die Legende, an association promoting the Middle Ages, will present a fire show at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. near the Bockbachtal train station. Hunting horn blowers perform at 6:30 p.m. on the festgrounds near the Eiswoog lake.

Drummers and bagpipers will march from the festgrounds to the lake at 8:30 p.m. At the same time, the last train will take passengers from Bockbachtal train station to the Eiswoog train station to be on time for the highlight of the event: the Bengal light show with sound effects on the lake beginning at 8:45 p.m. Another medieval fire show will close out “Eiswoog on flame” around 9:15 p.m.

The event location in the upper Eistal valley on county road L395 is between Ramsen and Enkenbach-Alsenborn.

Organizers are asking visitors to take public transportation to get to the event since parking near the lake is limited. Shuttle trains are offered on the new route between Ramsen and Bockbachtal valley. They ride every half hour between 4 and 7:30 p.m., and then again starting at 9 p.m.

The Stumpfwaldbahn train association maintains old train mines, quarries and lumber mills. Rides for tourists are offered on a special field railway between Eiswoog lake and Ramsen from May 1 to Oct. 3 on Sundays and German holidays.

Eiswoog lake is located between Enkenbach-Alsenborn (east of Kaiserslautern) and Ramsen.

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