This Valentine’s Day, skip the chocolates and flowers to splurge on a gastronomic experience at exceptional restaurants close to home.
ENTE Restaurant, Wiesbaden
Last year was our first holiday season in Germany. My mother-in-law told me in earnest about the amazing Christmas markets that seemed to magically pop up mid- to late-November. When we spent Thanksgiving in Berlin, we found markets at almost every U-Bahn stop, church and Platz.
There is no need to travel far to experience magical Christmas markets. We have highlighted several near U.S. military installations you’re sure to enjoy. 
In Baden-Württemburg
With leaves rapidly changing to vibrant colors and chilly brisk mornings, autumn has arrived in Germany. What better way to celebrate the changing of seasons than with a festival! Held twice a year, the Lauterer Kerwe in downtown Kaiserslautern opens Oct. 19 and will run through Oct. 29.
Located just 30 minutes from Ramstein Air Base, the Hitscherhof Bed & Breakfast and Farmers Outlet hosts an annual two-day pumpkin and corn festival Sept. 22-23 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Once Rodenbach’s best-kept secret, the annual Kulinarisch Wanderung has gained popularity with Americans in the Kaiserslautern Military Community. Starting Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. and Sept.
Growing up in a crafty family, I caught the craze at an early age. Grandma introduced me to quilting by showing me how to sew the fabric squares together on the machine. Mom preferred no-sew fabric crafts, so I helped her make decoupage creations to sell at craft fairs.
Keep your child’s summer fun with programs available through Army Child, Youth and School Services and Force Support Squadron Youth Services!
CYS programs
Considering buying a home while stationed in Europe? Right now is a good time to look for homes to purchase. The recent worldwide economy fluctuation has created a surplus of homes for sale, so it is a buyer’s market.
Living in Europe certainly has its perks — good food, exciting places to explore, a new language to learn. But let’s face it — if you’re the crafty type, we’ve all had those moments where we wish we could just swing by Michael’s or JoAnn Fabrics to pick up a few items.
Whether you’ve lived in the Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC) for two weeks or two years, odds are you’ve probably ventured into downtown Kaiserslautern. This weekend, rediscover and explore the charming old town at the Kaiserslautern Altstadtfest.
School is almost out for summer, so why not kick it off with a little family fun? Grab the sunscreen and euros, and head outside! Just a few minutes from Ramstein Air Base is serene Seewoog. From June 16-18, enjoy fun in the sun at the 25th annual Seewoog Festival.
If you love old cars, the weekend of June 16 is the one for you. Kaiserslautern Classics is revving up for its 11th annual exhibition all weekend and 6th annual Rallye Trifels race on June 17.
With warm sunshine making a more regular appearance, break out the sunscreen and head to downtown Kaiserslautern for some fantastic fun in the sun. From May 19 to 29, the Messeplatz will be transformed into the Lautrer Kerwe, one of the largest folk festivals in the Rheinland-Pfalz.
Spring has sprung and so has annual German road construction. Road crews are popping up faster than poppies in a field.