Since moving to Grafenwoehr, Germany in August of last year, I have gotten daily traffic to my blog from people looking for things to do in Graf. Even though I don’t live there any more, I thought it was high time to help those folks out. You want to know what there is to do in Grafenwoehr? Here’s a little listy:
- Go to the movies. I use this website to see when the show times are. Keep in mind that this isn’t like an American movie theater; there’s only one movie a day and they aren’t even open every day. Be sure to take cash (USD) because that’s all they accept for payment.
- Bingo (skip the buffet they offer and spend more money on your cards)
- Hit up the gym. It’s open 0530 – 2100 during the weekend with reduced hours on the weekend.
- Hang out at the USO. They’ve got free wifi, free snacks, computers that you can use, a video game lounge, and a huge selection of movies that they play constantly.
- The Warrior Zone. I’ve never been but it’s pretty much like the USO but geared toward single soldiers with pool, karaoke, and occasional poker tournaments and other events.
- The Zone Sports Bar.
Within an Hour of Graf
- Weiden (There’s a great farmer’s market hosted here on a regular basis.)
- Nuremberg (don’t miss the market during Christmas time!)
- Regensburg (There’s a great mall here, too!)
- Eat at Tortuga’s Restaurant. This is the best place to get your Tex-Mex fix nearby. You can make a reservation by posting on their Facebook page, which you will definitely want to do if you want a table on the weekend.
- Eat at Da Peppino’s. We would have eaten here daily if our waistlines and wallets could have handled it. You can dine in or take it to go.
- Biking, hiking, nordic walking, regular walking, running. It’s a very exercise-friendly area for the most part. I was able to find enough trails and sidewalks to get in a 15 mile run about 10 minutes outside of post.
- Munich (2* hours away). Plenty close if you are interested in going to Oktoberfest.
- Rothenburg ob der Tabuer (2 hours away). This is another location with a famous Christmas Market.
- Prague, Czech Republic (2+ hours away)
- Salzburg, Austria (3 hours away)
- Bertchesgaden, Germany/The Eagles Nest (3 hours away). Keep in mind it is only open April – October and pending good weather.
(*All distances are approximately how long it would take you to get there by car.) If you are willing to travel even farther away, the possibilities become endless. Europe is your oyster!
If none of these floats your boat, I’d suggest checking out Germany Ja and Buzz Off Base. Both blogs have given me great ideas of what’s around town. Another good resource is the MWR & ODR. They host regular events and trips (you have to pay, but they take care of all the logistics). Finally, don’t forget about Facebook. There’s a very active Vilseck/Grafenwoehr spouses facebook page with tons of information. Definitely worth a look.
Any well-traveled readers or kindred spirits in Grafenwoehr with other suggestions? I know this is only the tip of the iceberg!