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We have been talking about torch walks over the past few weeks, so here are some more November torch walks listed at the DVV Web site:

¶ Nov. 18: Rhaunen, starting between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

¶ Nov. 18: Sitterswald, starting between 4 and 7 p.m.

¶ Nov. 18: Kernen-Rommelshausen, starting between 2 and 6 p.m.

¶ Nov. 18: Roßwangen, starting between 1 and 6 p.m.

¶ Nov. 25: Bischofsdhron, starting between 4 and 6:30 p.m.

¶ Nov. 25: Offenburg-Fessenbach, starting between 2 and 6 p.m.

¶ Nov. 25: Gundelfingen, starting between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

We have been to the walk in Bischofsdhron and it was great. It was a very windy night and the hot wax and ashes from the torches were flying everywhere, so please remember the safety tips we have written about before. You can always take a flashlight and watch the others with the torches. Either way, a torch walk is a Volksmarch you will remember.

We might not get fliers for all of these walks, so they might not be listed in this column. For more information, visit and scroll through the events looking for the “F” code.


If you live near Bamberg, Germany, or plan to be there this weekend, make sure you swing by Wachenroth and walk the 5 or 10 kilometer trails. Located southwest of Bamberg, the Wachenroth march in the past has gone through the rolling hills around the town. This year’s prize is a cookie jar with a Christmas scene — possibly an excellent Christmas gift.

Start times for the 5 and 10 kilometer trails are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to noon Sunday. Finish on Saturday by 5 p.m. and on Sunday by 4 p.m.


You can pick up another cute prize that will add to your home’s Christmas décor at the Volksmarch in Sulgen, Germany. By completing the 5 or 10 kilometer routes you will receive a snowman figure about 13 inches tall. He is wearing a green outfit, has a hat and scarf, and is holding a shovel. Start times for both days are between 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Finish by 5 p.m. The 5 km route is listed as stroller friendly.


Don’t forget about the Ramstein Roadrunners’ Annual Thanksgiving Day Volksmarch in Ramstein, Germany, in the Turnhalle. See next week’s column for details.


We would love to hear from you if you have completed a permanent Volksmarch or a Rundwanderweg. If you have not, then tell us about your favorite Volksmarch. Also drop us a line if you know of a walk in the neighborhood of a Christmas market. It is hard to beat the combination of a Volksmarch and a Christmas market!


Miscellaneous short notes about this week’s volksmarch events:

¶ We have done the Kleine Brogel, Belgium, walk and enjoyed it. The walk starts on a Belgian Air Force base and is usually popular … spelled “crowded.”

¶ Heart-shaped candles with Hummel decorations are the prize at Mandel, Germany, this weekend. The 6 and 10 kilometer walks start between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the 20 kilometer route starts between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days. Finish each day by 5 p.m.

¶ Unlike in past years, the folks in Neunkirchen/Furpach, Germany, offer no a¶ Clark Soeldner, our Italian volksmarching guru, says the Dueville walk is in a mix of fields and hills. The 4 kilometer route is for disabled persons.

He adds that the Pinzano al Tagliamento is a great small-town walk. It tends to be nippy in the morning, and then it warms up. Dress in layers.

The full name for the city we listed as “Colloredo" is Colloredo di Soffumbergo Faedis, and the start of its walk is at Azienda Agricola Monte Balcone. After the walk is a special walker’s lunch.

E-mail volksmarch information to two.walkers@ Send brochures to: The Huffakers, CMR 460, Box 278, APO, AE, 09703-0278.

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