Things to do – January 7, 2016


Hunters and Gatherers exhibit
Showcasing “The End of a Culture,” Museum Wiesbaden will feature a Hunters and Gatherers exhibit, including artifacts from the South African Kalahari, the Australian Outback and the Amazon Rainforest, using large-scale dioramas in three exhibition rooms. Most of the pieces were brought back by a Wiesbaden local, Werner Hammer, after his many expeditions to the various countries home to early hunters and gatherers.

The exhibition started in September 2015 and will end May 22. Ticket prices are 7 euro for temporary exhibits and 4 euro for permanent exhibits. The museum is located across from the former Rhein Main Halle, at Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2, 65185 Wiesbaden, and is closed on Mondays, open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Wiesbaden’s Weekly Market
Enjoy the wide selection, a welcoming atmosphere and the flair of the lovely greenery with a historic backdrop during Wiesbaden’s weeekly market. The variety of special vegetable, inviting smells, typical regional fruit specialties and homemade delicacies make the shopping at the weekly market in Wiesbaden a special experience.
Every Wednesday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., the weekly market welcomes its visitors on the Dernsches Gelaende.


Mainz Weekly Market
Every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can experience one of the oldest markets in Germany on the market square of the city of Mainz next to the beautiful cathedral. Enjoy a cup of coffee, shop with local vendors, or experience the traditional “Mainzer” way of living in this event that attracts both young and old every week.

Hessen Park
Hessenpark is an open-air, historical museum just north of Frankfurt, and it is well worth the 35-minute drive. The museum allows people to see firsthand a village from about 400 years ago. If you visit, plan on spending the day walking through gardens, seeing animals and touring beautiful, historic buildings. As a side note, Germany has many “Freiland” museums like Hessen Park, and you’re likely to find one relatively nearby no matter where you’re stationed or visiting.
As a rule, they’re always well done and worth the time to visit — especially if you have kids.
There is plenty of room for children to run around and explore without getting into too much trouble. For more information, visit http://www.hessenpark.de/index.php?id=english.

Castles along the Rhine River
There are many castles along the Rhine River, notably north of Rüdesheim that you can visit. For a wonderful guide to the castles, see http://www.loreley-info.com/eng/rhein-rhine/castles.php. The guide will tell you a little history about the castles and which are open to the public.
If the castle is open to the public, the guide will tell you how to go about visiting. For help booking a Rhine River cruise that will allow you to view some of the castles from the river, visit http://www.bingen-ruedesheimer.com/rhine-cruise/index.htm

Mercedes-Benz Museum and Porsche Museum
Stuttgart is home to both the world’s largest automobile museum and one of the most astounding sports cars museums.
The Mercedes-Benz Museum features over 125 years worth of history starting from the first car ever built by Charles Benz in 1886! More than 160 automobiles are on display, including ones that children are allowed to enter. Although the Porsche Museum is much smaller with 80 vehicles, it appeals to the biggest sports cars fanatics.

Kurpark
The Kurpark Wiesbaden, which begins immediately behind the Kurhaus, was designed in 1852 in the style of an English landscape garden. The pond, wherevisitors can hire boats, features a man-made island and an impressive six meter tall fountain.