Outdoor Recreation

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

Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival
Oct. 12
Cost: $49 per person; Trip includes round trip transportation and entrance
Let Baumholder Outdoor Recreation be your designated driver as you pumpkin wine and pumpkin dine! The world’s largest pumpkin exhibition at Blühendes Barock (Baroque in Bloom) has been delighting visitors for over 15 years with varying themes. Marvel at artistically designed pumpkin sculptures and enjoy the atmosphere created by over 450,000 pumpkins. The exhibition presents over 600 varieties: aromatic edible pumpkins, colorful ornamental pumpkins, glowing carved pumpkins and bottle gourds. See for yourself just how delicious pumpkin can be! Try pumpkin soup, pan-fried pumpkin or pasta pockets, hash browns, tartes flambées, burgers, spaghetti or strudel made from pumpkin, freshly roasted pumpkin seeds and pumpkin pie. And you can wash it all down with some pumpkin secco or spritzer.

Bike the Mosel Valley
Oct 14
Cost: Adults: $65 per person, Children under 12: $35 per person
These trips are not recommended for small children (unless accompanied by 2 adults).
Bike down the Mosel River from the town of Kesten to Bernkastel-Kues, passing steeply sloped vineyards and quaint castles as we make our way downstream. These trips are a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the weather, journey through one of the most famous wine regions in Germany. An adventurous spirit is recommended for all participants. Experience is not required! After we get off the river, we will make a stop at the shops and stores in Bernkastel-Kues will be open.

Amsterdam Express
Oct. 19-20
Trip Includes: Round Trip Transportation Free digital travel guidebook downloaded from Army Libraries; Cost: Adults: $89 per person, Children under 12: $69 p.c.
Visit Amsterdam, the “Venice of the North”! With no set schedule or tour guide to follow, you are free to tour the Heineken Brewery, explore the notorious Red Light District, take a Canal Cruise, see the historic Anne Frank House, or view world famous artwork in museums like the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, or a satellite location of the Hermitage Museum.When you take a guided tour of Amsterdam, you lose out on the choices available to you in this vibrant city. But when you download a free digital travel guidebook from Army Libraries, you have your tour guide at your fingertips and can choose where to go and what to see. You will enjoy your day in Amsterdam when you travel with Baumholder Outdoor Recreation! Reserve your space on this express day trip today!

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

Halloween Horror Fest at Movie Park
Oct. 12
Cost: Adults: $99 per person; Children 3-11: $89 p.p., Under 3: $59 p.p.; Trip Includes: Round trip transportation, Admission to Movie Park
Get scared at Movie Park’s Halloween Horror Fest! Movie Park, one of Germany’s most popular theme parks, features 6 movie and TV themed lands, filled with countless rides and attractions, and is a dream come true to lovers of movies and theme parks. During Halloween, you get the chance to participate in the annual Halloween Horror Fest, when rides are spookified, and the park stays open late. Haunted houses and monster mazes will add to the ambiance, while demons, monsters and undead will do their best to scare you silly. Whether you want high adrenaline extreme roller coasters like the Star Trek – Operation Enterprise, the world’s only Star Trek licensed roller coaster, with a unique “Triple Launch System” and the only 40 meter high half pipe in Europe, or for classic fun, take on the Bandit, a wooden 70 km/h thrill factory. For family friendly fun head over to the Nickelodeon Themed “Nickland” where you will find Dora’s Big River Adventure, Jimmy Neutron’s Atomic Flyer and the SpongeBob Splash Bash. Of course no trip to a theme park is complete without shows and live performances, and Movie Park does not disappoint with the Nickelodeon Character Show, Ice Age 4-D and the Van Helsing “Shadows of Darkness” horror show, but for the ultimate undead Halloween horror experience, you will have to brave “The Walking Dead – Breakout” a 700 square meter authentic, intense and bloody live experience.Don’t just watch scary movies, ride them at Movie Park! Reserve your space today with Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation!

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
Oct. 11-14
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.

E-bike The Netherlands
Oct. 19-20
Pre-registration date(s): One week prior; Includes: Transportation, e-bike rental, accommodations, some meals, instruction, tour guides accompanying you on the routes
Join MOSA E-Bike tours through this unique partnership with Ramstein Air Base. Our daily rides will range between an e-bike assisted 20 to 40+ miles through the rolling “highlands” of the Netherlands around the historic city of Maastricht. Your electric-bike ofers a comfortable upright riding position perfect for taking in the sights of the rolling countryside along the border between the Netherlands and Belgium. Evening accommodations will be in exclusive “glamping” teepees w/comfy beds, electricity, bathroom and cooking facilities! Bring euros for extras during this fantastic weekend experience!

Boppard Klettersteig
Oct. 19
Cost: $39; Age: 14+ with parent; Pre-register by Wednesday prior; Includes: Transportation, equipment & instruction
Join us on a fantastic clif-face traverse above the Rhine River! On this klettersteig (German word for climbing w/kit) we ascend the fxed steel cable and ladder rungs. If at any time climbing becomes too much, you can parallel the clif on an adjacent path. This trip is combination of klettersteig and traditional hiking; 5 technical kilometers long with an elevation gain of approximately 800 feet. Bring lunch and euro for potential apres-hike dining along the Rhine! Dress for the weather and bring at least one liter of water in a small daypack. Great photo opportunities guaranteed!

French/German Border Hike
Oct. 20
Cost: $35 Age: All, challenging for children who cannot be carried, 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.

Dungeons of Dahn Halloween Castle Hike
Oct. 26
Pre-register by Wednesday prior; Age: All ages welcome; Includes: Transportation, castle tour and hiking guide
Get a glimpse of medieval life while visiting the Berwartstein’s dungeons, armories & torture chambers (tour fee included). Positioned on the unique sandstone clifs of the Dahn region. Berwartstein was established in 1152 and previously occupied by the notorious and most dreaded robber Baron of his time. In addition to touring the castle and its grounds we will also spend a good portion of the day hiking around the lush, forested trails surrounding the castle. Pack a lunch, snacks and plenty of water for this fun day of exploration. There is a small café on the premises should you choose to have lunch there. This trip will go rain or shine so please wear or bring weather appropriate clothing.