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.

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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

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

Tivoli, Copenhagen, Denmark — Photo by footageclips/Shutterstock.com

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

Bostalsee Tandem Kayaking
Oct. 5
Cost: $39
Ages: 6+, water confidence a must, must fit in our youth PFD’s
Pre-registration date(s): Wednesday prior
Includes: Kayak rental, equipment, transportation and instruction
Board a kayak to enjoy the scenery and wildlife on one of German’s largest recreational lakes. This trip is designed for anyone interested in learning paddling technique, or to simply experience a day of nature on the water. Bring plenty of food and water, and dress according to weather.

Geierlay Suspension Bridge Hike
Oct. 5
Cost: $29
Pre-register by Wednesday prior, Age: All ages
Enjoy a half day of hiking as we cross Germany’s longest suspension bridge (1181 feet long, 328 feet high!) which slowly sways across the forest over a tributary stream to the mighty Moselle River. After our hike we’ll drop down into the Moselle River corridor so you can explore the rich history that envelops the region. Bring cash euro for meals or a packed lunch to enjoy along your route. This trip will go rain or shine, so please pack accordingly.

Photo by Betty Mcdonald
On a clear day, the Rhine river enchants all visitors.

Ruedesheim Rhine, Wine & Gondola Hike
Oct. 6
Cost: $45 Ages: 18+
Pre-registration date(s): By Wednesday prior
Includes: Transportation, ferry ride across the Rhine river, gondola fare
Ruedesheim rhymes with wine for a reason; the “Encyclopedia of Wine” suggests this is the most important wine growing area in the world. Your day will start with a Rhine River ferry crossing before your full day of hiking begins! You will hike through the famed Riesling-covered hills to include breathtaking castles, scenic views along the Rhine and hiking through vineyards — elevation gains require a moderate ftness level. A pleasant gondola descent will bring you back into the heart of the picturesque village where you can explore, wine taste, or simply relax. Please pack a lunch, plenty of water and snacks for this memorable day along the Rhine!