Local news translated – April 21, 2023

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Host Nation Update, April 21, 2023


Season kick-off at Motorworld – The season starts Sunday, April 23, at the Böblingen airfield.

Böblingen. It’s starting again: this coming Sunday, April 23, Motorworld invites visitors to the Böblingen airfield to kick off the season on the grounds of the former Württemberg state airport. The season opener has become a fixed date in the calendar of automobile and motorcycle fans in the greater Stuttgart area. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be numerous classic and youngtimers, bikes, sports cars and much more to see.  Visitors can expect a dealer mile with regional and international exhibitors presenting vehicles as well as products and services related to mobility. Among them is the Polestar brand, which offers test drives of electric vehicles. Classic car enthusiasts will get their money’s worth at the Solitude Revival: the club and organizer of the motorsport event of the same name will be showing some of its finest vehicles.  Other exhibitors include vehicle care manufacturer Meguiars, Strofeld-Manufaktur with battery-powered loudspeakers, streetwear brand .oimls with unusual hoodies, shirts and accessories, and watch manufacturer Drift-Element, which designs and manufactures rim watches according to individual wishes. Exhibitors on the subject of motorhomes will give a foretaste of the Caravan & Vanlife Meet Up 2023, which will be held at Motorworld from June 23 to 25.  In addition, there will be action and fun: those who want to try their hand at motorsport virtually will have the opportunity to do so in the Race Room racing simulators. The ADAC will be devoting itself to the subject of safety with a rollover simulator. The Pow Wow tattoo studio, which will also be stitching spontaneous tattoos on site, is dedicated to body art. And for the younger guests, the Boy Scouts have put on a children’s program. The catering in the Motorworld as well as various food trucks will have delicacies and delicacies ready.  Info: Admission to the “Motor Treff Saisonauftakt powered by Allianz” is free, parking costs 5 euros. All dates of the Motorworld Region Stuttgart can be found at www.motorworld.de/events/ (BB.heute.de, April 21)

Stuttgart Spring Festival 2023 – All the information about the Wasen you need

On Saturday, the Stuttgart Spring Festival starts for the 83rd time at the Cannstatter Wasen. If you want to be informed before it starts, here are answers to the most important questions about prices, directions, rules and co.

When is the Spring Festival open?

The gates at the Cannstatter Wasen are open to Spring Festival visitors for a total of 23 days from April 22 to May 14. The opening hours vary depending on the day of the week. On weekdays, the Frühlingsfest is open from 1 p.m., on weekends from 11 a.m.. On Mondays to Thursdays and Sundays, celebrations are possible until 11 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays, visitors can stay on the grounds one hour longer.

Is parking possible without any problems?

It is certainly possible to drive to the Spring Festival by car. There are parking facilities in the immediate vicinity of the festival site. However, because of various other events, it could get complicated.

How many tents are at the Cannstatter Wasen this year?

There will be four tents at the Stuttgart Spring Festival starting April 22.: The Grandls Hofbräuzelt, the Göckelesmaier and the Festzelt zum Wasenwirt. A new tent joins the line-up this year: Nina Renoldi’s Königsalm.

What’s new at the spring festival?

The Königsalm is not the only new tent making its debut at the 83rd Stuttgart Spring Festival. There are also two new rides on the festival grounds .

How much do roller coaster, Ferris wheel and other rides cost?

The prices for rides at the Spring Festival often differ for children and adults. For example, children pay about 5 euros for a ride on the “Alpina Bahn” roller coaster, while adults pay 2 euros more. The situation is similar for the Bellevue Ferris wheel, where children pay 6 euros for a ride – adults pay 8 euros.

How much do sweets and snacks cost?

Visitors to the spring festival can expect only a slight increase in prices for treats on the festival grounds compared to before the pandemic. For example, a chocolate banana costs about 4 euros, and you’ll pay around 3.80 euros for a bratwurst – that’s about 30 cents more than before the pandemic.

What does the Maß beer and the half Göckele cost?

Depending on the beer tent, the prices for the Maß Bier and the classic half Göckele vary. However, one thing that is the same for all of them is that the prices have risen compared to those before the pandemic. For example, in the Göckelesmaier festival tent, you pay 13.10 euros for a Maß of beer and 13.40 euros for half a Göckele.

What is allowed on the festival grounds?

A number of rules apply to the Cannstatter Wasen celebration to ensure the safety of all visitors. For example, the grounds are closed at night and youth protection applies in the festival tents. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 21)

Weather in Baden-Württemberg Thunderstorms with hail and heavy rain expected

Spring continues to be a long time coming in Baden-Württemberg. At the start of the weekend, people in the southwest can expect real April weather. This was announced by the German Weather Service (DWD).  Friday is expected to be mild with temperatures ranging from 12 to 19 degrees. In the afternoon and evening, there could then be thunderstorms in many places – especially in the mountains – with heavy rain and small-grained hail. Saturday is supposed to start sunny and then bring more and more clouds in the course of the day. In the afternoon, rain and local thunderstorms are likely, especially in the west. According to the DWD, temperatures will reach a high of 16 to 23 degrees. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 21)

“Speed camera marathon” continues

At the end of the working week, the police in Baden-Württemberg want to increase traffic speed checks once again. On Friday, with a “speed marathon” the most checks of the week will take place, as the Ministry of the Interior announced. The so-called speed camera marathon has been running since Monday. The goal of the action is to strengthen the danger consciousness. Because the most frequent reason for fatal accidents is excessive speed.  According to the ministry, speed cameras will be used especially at schools, daycare centers, retirement homes and accident blackspots. Where exactly the mobile measuring stations are located is not published in Baden-Württemberg, in contrast to other federal states. “We want road users to adhere to the applicable speed limits across the board and not just selectively,” a spokesman said.

Where speed cameras are mainly used in Stuttgart

In Stuttgart, too, the locations for the checks are selected spontaneously, according to a police spokesman. However, the main focus in the state capital is to be on the Autobahns. With mobile laser devices of the motorcycle squad and light barriers of the traffic police, the officers are called upon to increasingly measure the speed.

The “speed camera marathon” is part of a control week coordinated throughout Europe. Last year, 400,000 vehicles were measured in Baden-Württemberg and around 15,500 violations were punished. More checks will be carried out up to and including Sunday (April 23). The cities, municipalities and districts are also taking part in the campaign. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 21)