Outdoor Recreation — August 31, 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

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Paintball Play Days
Sept. 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.

Bad Dürkheim Wine Festival
Sept. 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.

Stuttgart Cannstatter Volksfest
Sept. 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

Trout Fishing
Aug. 26, or Sept. 3, 16, 30, or Oct. 8, 14, 28
Get back to nature, relax, and enjoy a day of trout fishing. While there are a wide variety of places to fish in Germany, we have chosen this one because it’s close, family friendly, and offers the possibility of catching 10-pound fish! Our Fishin’ Hole is well stocked with Rainbow and Brown trout, and even the occasional Golden Trout.  And don’t worry about getting skunked, our certified fishing instructor is just waiting to provide as many tips and tricks as it takes to catch as many of them as possible. Cost: Adults $59, ages 6-11 $39, ages 0-5 $19

Eagles Nest Overnight
Sept. 1 to 3
Explore the beautiful city of Salzburg, home to Mozart and Maria Von Trapp or take the Sound of Music tour before an excursion to the famous landmarks of Berchtesgaden. Of course no visit to Berchtesgaden would be complete without taking the mountain road to the notorious Kehlsteinhaus, also known as The Eagle’s Nest, one of the most “must see” destinations to anyone stationed in Europe. Cost: Starting at $399 per person

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Oktoberfest Weekend
Sept. 21 to 23 or 28 to 30
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.

Oktoberfest Express
Sept. 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

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

NFL London – Titans vs. Chargers
Oct. 19 to 22
Tennessee Titans play against the San Diego Chargers at Wembley Stadium. Trip includes round trip transportation, hotel stay with breakfast, and transportation and Admission to the NFL game. Cost: Starting at $599 per person

Krakow and Auschwitz
Nov. 9 to 12
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


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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Learn to Fly Glider-Style
Sept. 8
Must attend Learn to Fly: Ground School Sept. 7. Transportation to and from the airport, ground school Friday night at RODR, 3 flights in a glider, lunch, a flight log book and the presentation of a certificate of completion in conjunction with ceremonial sekt or sparkling juice.At the end of the ODR Gliding Event, you will be able to take your experience and continue working toward a pilot license in the U.S. or Germany if you desire. Cost: $365, Ages: No Age Restriction

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Metz SUP
Sept. 8
An ODR classic, the ever-popular Metz Stand up Paddleboard tour provides an amazing way to take in the sites of this beautiful French City. Glide across the canals of the Moselle River through the city center. A small docking platform allows us to secure our craft and then wander the city streets in search of a sweet or savory lunch option. Register early to ensure you snag a space! No previous SUP experience required, however water confidence, balance, and some physical endurance suggested. The winds can be unpredictable Water shoes and modest swim attire suggested. Bring passport, euro for lunch, and a change of clothes for the ride home. Cost: $55, Ages: 6+, youth paddle with parent, combine weight must be under 230lbs

Sauer River Canoe
Sept. 9
The Sauer River flows along the border of Germany and Luxembourg and weaves in and out of Germany for 17 kilometers as we meander our way down the river toward Echternach, Luxembourg’s oldest city. Dress for the weather and bring plenty of water, snacks, and euro for lunch in the town of Bollendorf along the river. Cost/any R4R discounts: $40, Ages: All, water confidence a must.

Mountain Biking: Foundations
Sept. 9
This course will cover all the skills essential for you to enter the world of mountain biking. An ODR trip leader will guide you through a section of one of Germany’s largest forests emphasizing key techniques that differentiate true mountain biking from the Huffy you grew up on in the cul-de-sac. This course designed for those with previous biking experience eager to explore the world of forest roads and single-track trail. All riding demands fitness and endurance. Cost/any R4R discounts: $29, Ages: 18+