Outdoor Recreation

Baumholder Outdoor Recreation, Smith Barracks, Bldg. 816, 485-7182 or 06783-6-7182

Venice Express
Oct. 4-6
Cost: $189 per person
Venice is the original pedestrian zone and is filled with countless shops, restaurants, museums and other attractions. With no tour guide or set schedule to follow, you will be able to explore this living museum however you see fit. Visit the glass museums on Murano, ride a water taxi or gondola in the Grand Canal, or shop on both sides of the Rialto Bridge. Regardless of what you plan for your day, make sure to visit Saint Mark’s Square, and remember to plan time into your schedule for when you eventually get lost (and you will!) in this beautiful maze of winding streets and canals. But don’t worry about getting lost, if you download a free e-travelguide from Army Libraries before you get to Venice, you will be able to easily find yourself again.

Prague Express
Oct. 5-6
Cost: Adults $99 p.p.
Children under 12: $69 p.c.
Stroll across Charles Bridge, visit Prague Castle, return to the Soviet era at the KGB Museum or inside a nuclear bunker, admire the Old Town Square and astronomical clock, and sample Bohemian craft beers in a brew pub. With no set schedule or tour guide to follow, you are free to explore Prague in your own way and at your own pace.

Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation, Pulaski Barracks, Bldg. 2905, 493-4117 or 0631-3406-4117. Mon. to Fri. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on federal holidays. https://kaiserslautern.armymwr.com

Octoberfest Express
21, 28 September & 5 October
Cost: $79 per person
Enjoy the best Oktoberfest trips in the Kaiserslautern Military Community! These trips include transportation to and from the Oktoberfest grounds.

Halloween at Tivoli Gardens – Copenhagen Express
Oct 18-20
Price: $189 per person
Visit both Denmark and Sweden on this express trip to Copenhagen, Denmark! When you spend the day in Copenhagen, you will have more than enough time to explore the maritime capital city’s streets and canals, visit various nautical and naval museums, and shop for Scandinavian specialty goods in both Denmark and Sweden. From the time you arrive at in the heart of Copenhagen, you will be within walking distance of all of Copenhagen’s downtown destinations, including the world famous Tivoli Gardens. If, somehow, you run out of things to do in Copenhagen, you can easily ride the train to Malmo, Sweden, to cross another country off your “been-there-list”. Having a free e-travelguide downloaded from Army Libraries means you will find it all in both cities.

Ramstein Outdoor Recreation, KMC Center, Bldg. 3336, 480-5705 or 06371-47-5705. Mon. to Fri. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat., Sun., holidays and training days 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. https://www.86fss.com/sports-and-recreation/outdoor-recreation

Swiss alps: Cabin getaway
Sept. 27-30
Cost: $299; Ages: 14+ (note: communal lodging); Pre-register by one week prior; Includes: Transportation, accommodation, mountain + river + cycling guide, equipment rental
The Simme River Valley is a hidden gem of the Bernese Oberland. A quiet farming valley with sweeping mountain views, an amazing stretch of whitewater kayaking, rolling paved cycling paths, towering limestone peaks, and a variety of different climbing and hiking destinations make this itinerary a true multi sport adventure. We have special arrangements to stay in the paddling cabin belonging to the Swiss Canoe Federation and the private accommodation includes full kitchen, communal sleeping bunk rooms, a beautiful porch, and our favorite: a large outdoor fire pit as a centerpiece to share about the day’s travels. Instruction will be divided into the varied activities based on group interest, and participants are free to join instructors on the river, on bikes, and at the climbing area or set off on their own to explore the region on foot or by convenient train access from the “Oberwil im Simmental” station next to the cabin. Inquire at RODR for more details about this exciting weekend in the mountains and for more information about Switzerland’s amazing adventure opportunities.

French/German border hike
Sept. 28
Cost: $35; Age: All, challenging for small children, challenging for parents carrying children
Pre-register by Wednesday prior
Includes: Transportation, instruction and guide.
Join Ramstein Outdoor Recreation for a day of hiking in the forests of France and Germany. We will hike for about 7-10 kilometers along steep and at times, physically demanding trails which will take us to several 12thcentury castle ruins. We will have lunch on top of one of the ruins with a commanding view of the surrounding terrain. Weather and season permitting we will have the ability to explore one of the castles with intact halls, corridors and rooms! Extra fee 4.50 euro associated with main castle entry; bring euro. Please pack a sack lunch for on the trail.