One of my favorite spring events (besides spring itself) starts on Saturday: the Maimarkt!
This is what I wrote about it last year:
Do you know where you can shop 'til you drop; try food and wines from
all over the world; and see so much more? All of this is possible at the
Maimarkt Mannheim, which runs until 5 May. Located near the SAP arena on the outskirts of
Mannheim, it opens at 9 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. Be sure to
give yourself plenty of time to see as much as is possible; the Markt is
The Maimarkt is almost 400 years old. Today, it's quite a sight to
behold, with about 1,400 exhibitors. It is basically a trade show but is
also so much more. Of course one can go shopping, visiting vendors who
sell everything from kitchen gadgets to car insurance. If one is hungry,
there is a huge international food court with wonderful things to eat
and drink. Love horses? There is a show jumping and Dressage
competition! There is even a neighborhood of houses at the edge of the
fairgrounds. Does anyone live here? Nope; they're builders' model homes
that are open for tours.
Adult tickets are 8 euros when bought at the Markt. Even better yet
is to buy the ticket from a VRN ticket machine available at most train
stations in the area; for only 1,20 euros more, one can also receive a
round trip travel card in the VRN's service area (including
Kaiserslautern) to use the train to get to the Maimarkt.
More information is available at: www.maimarkt.de