Ramstein-Miesenbach — Beloved US Soldiers In The Palatinate

It sounds like the beginning of a trivia question. Name a Roman village that’s home to hundreds of United States soldiers, sharing a name with a German rock band? Uhhh, Ramstein-Miesenbach?

Just to clarify, I know Ramstein-Misenbach isn’t named AFTER the rock band. Ramstein-Miesenbach was a Roman village, after all — but it is home to a United States Air Force base. Most people equate Ramstein Air Force base with the German town of Kaiserslautern, which is on the other side of the base. ;-)

I know this is strictly off the whole German thing, but if you’re an airplane enthusiast — this is a great place to see the C130 aircraft take off and land. This is one monster of an airplane.

Back to the German part of Ramstein-Miesenbach, the town has a local history museum (called a Heimatmuseum) housed in a former brewery & tavern. What a nice way to learn about how Ramstein-Miesenbach started out with the Romans (a Roman villa was excavated nearby), detailing its medieval history, right up to modern times. Quite informative, I would say.

Quite festive would be another word I would use when describing Ramstein-Miesenbach. It’s like there’s a festival of some sort going on every time you turn around in this Palatinate town.

Just in case I might miss one, the Tourist Office will fill you in on them all. Let’s see… there is a Summer Festival in early August, a Wine Festival in mid-August, a Kerwe (church fest) in August, three more in September, and two more again in October.

That’s not including the Kirchenfest in September, the Oktoberfest (that’s really in October), a Christmas Market from late-November to & through December, and a number of Christmas concerts throughout December.

Add in all the orchestra events and other cultural activities at the Culture & Convention center and you’ll be wondering how any work can get done around here.

I know I wouldn’t — especially not with then AZUR Water Park (Schernauer Strasse 50) and Palatinate Forest Nature Reserve nearby.

Yeah, Ramstein-Miesenbach might’ve started off sounding like a trivia question — but it’s far from trivial. ;-)

 

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