Outdoor Recreation — August 17, 2018


Baumholder Outdoor Recreation, Smith Barracks, Bldg. 816, 485-7182 or 06783-6-7182. Thu. to Mon. 10. a.m. to 6 p.m., Tue. & Wed. closed. https://baumholder.armymwr.com

Paintball Play Days
Sep. 1 & 2
Come out to one of the largest Army Paintball fields in Europe and try this thrilling activity and pump up your adrenaline. Feel free to come out solo or with a group of friends to enjoy a day of excitement! We will organize two teams for continuous all day game play! We will run multiple team formatted games and allow players to enter throughout the day. You will learn to strategize and work as a team, with either friends or complete strangers.

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Bad Dürkheim Wine Festival
Sep. 8
What on earth is a Wurstmarkt? Literally a “sausage market,” the Bad Dürkheim Wurstmarkt is a wine festival, and is the main event of the year in Rhineland-Pfalz, and is one of the largest, most traditional and entertaining public festivals in Germany. Have a seat in the wine stalls, or “wheelbarrows” as they are referred to by the locals, and choose from over 150 different wines from over 50 different local wineries, ranging from the mellow Riesling to the finest ice-wine, all of which will be served in a traditional half-liter glass.

Oktoberfest Express
Sep. 22
World renowned for an enormous assortment of the highest quality Bavarian beer, the Oktoberfest is the fall destination of choice for people from all around the world. Sit back and enjoy the festivities as you sip on a Märzen Beer, the slightly darker and stronger beer which is specially brewed in March so that it can be ready for the festival. In addition to the food, drink and festivities available in the massive beer tents, Oktoberfest offers live music, rides, souvenirs, and a great mix of people from all over the world.

Stuttgart Cannstatter Volksfest
Sep. 29
For almost 200 years, the Cannstatter Volksfest has increasingly grown in popularity to become the second largest European festival (second only to the Munich Oktoberfest). Considered “less touristy” that the Munich event, this festival attracts over four million visitors annually to the state capital of Baden Wurttemberg.  The crowd is largely Europeans who are in the know about where they can have an authentic experience steeped in rich tradition. People are captivated by the special atmosphere of the wonderful funfair coupled with beautiful festival tents, a colorful flea market and many spectacular attractions.


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

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Krakow and Auschwitz
Aug. 31 to Sep. 3
Explore the UNESCO world heritage city of Krakow, Poland, shop for blue-glazed Polish pottery, and experience the horror of Auschwitz on this trip. Cost: Starting at $429 per person

Brussels Weekend – Belgian Beer Fest
Aug. 31 to Sep. 3
Attend the 20th Belgian Beer Weekend at the Grand Place in Brussels! With over 350 different types of beer from at least 50 Belgian breweries, lovers of Belgian beers will need the entire weekend to sample the many different styles which make Belgian beer famous. If all that beer doesn’t tempt your taste buds, you can still have a great weekend enjoying the capital of the European Union! Cost: Starting at $349 per person.

Whitewater Rafting and Canyoning
Aug. 31 to Sep. 3
Challenge yourself on an action packed summer weekend when you go Whitewater Rafting and Canyoning! If that’s not enough, you can spend the afternoon experiencing other adventure options in Landeck like hiking, biking, climbing, paragliding, and kayaking, or just rest and relaxation at your riverside campground. Cost: $329 per person.

Oktoberfest Weekend
Sep. 21 to 23, 28 to 30 or Oct. 5 to 8
Enjoy the best Oktoberfest trips in the Kaiserslautern Military Community! These trips include transportation and lodging at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort. Cost: Starting at $229 per person in Sept. & starting at $349 in Oct.

Octoberfest Express
Sep. 22, 29, or Oct. 6
Enjoy the best Oktoberfest trips in the Kaiserslautern Military Community! These trips include transportation to and from the Oktoberfest grounds. Cost: $79 per person

Imperial Weekend — Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava
Oct. 4 to 8
Spend a long weekend along the Danube river in three Hapsburg imperial cities, Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest. Trip includes transportation, hotels, breakfast and guided tours of Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest. Cost: Starting at $499 per person.

Prague Weekend
Oct. 5 to 8
Enjoy Columbus Weekend  in Prague, the “City of 100 spires”! Prague suffered considerably less damage during World War II than other major cities, and contains one of the world’s most pristine and varied collections of architecture. The entire old city awaits you. The Astronomical Clock, Prague Castle, Charles’ Bridge, countless shops and many museums are all within walking distance. Cost: Starting at $399 per person.

Copenhagen Overnight
Oct. 11 to 14
Explore the maritime capital city’s streets and canals, visit various nautical and naval museums, and shop for Scandinavian specialty goods in Sweden. From the time you arrive at your centrally located hotel in the heart of Copenhagen, you will be within walking distance of all of Copenhagen’s downtown destinations, including the world famous Tivoli Gardens which will be in the middle of its annual Halloween Festival! Cost: Starting at $299 per person.


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

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Kayak Skills Clinic
Aug. 20
This course will cover all the skills necessary for you to navigate your kayak including basic strokes, the body mechanics of paddling and how to safely escape from an overturned boat. This is a great chance to prepare for our upcoming kayak trips, or a great way to add variety to your work week at our own aquatic center. Cost: $19, Ages: 10+ with parent

Swiss – Sprint: Simme Valley
Aug. 24 to 26
Whisk yourself away on our custom Switzerland – Sprint weekend to a private mountain cabin nestled near Interlaken, Switzerland. The Simme River Valley flows east into Interlaken and its scenery rivals that of neighboring Grindelwald under the Eiger. What it shares in scenery, however, it does not share in hordes of summer tourists. Whitewater kayaking and rafting opportunities, sport rock climbing, day hiking, gondola riding, cross country cycling, alpine scrambling, and cow-bell listening are just a few of the possibilities that await participants in this little slice of Swiss heaven.Through a unique relationship with former president of the Swiss Canoeing federation our programmer has arranged accommodation in the club’s private mountain kayaking cottage complete with bunk rooms, showers, communal kitchen, and an amazing view from the front porch. Cost: 189, Ages: 18 + (communal lodging)