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EYB: USAG Ansbach, Germany

Editor’s note: This post was updated in January 2021.

One of the most challenging aspects of military spouse life is preparing for an upcoming PCS or if you get the chance, potentially picking a new duty station. There is a lot of information out there and it can be almost overwhelming.

We here at Army Wife Network want to take the some of the guesswork out of the need-to-knows about duty stations around the globe. Hence, our Post With the Most series. In this particular blog, we will be showcasing information related to U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, Germany.

Located in the heart of beautiful Bavaria, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach hosts forces from both the United States and other NATO countries, with Katterbach Kaserne just ten minutes away. Bavaria’s capital, Munich, has long been home to a flourishing art scene, as well as the birthplace of Oktoberfest. Ansbach’s location within Bavaria also equates to a shorter distance to both the Czech Republic and Austria.

GENERAL INFORMATION

USAG Ansbach is home to the following units:

Surrounding Cities:

  • Herrieden (11 kilometers)
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber (33 kilometers)
  • Bad Windsheim (34 kilometers)
  • Nuremberg (43 kilometers)

Closest Major City: Nuremberg

Names of Area Colleges:

Weather: The climate in Ansbach is is relatively mild, averaging in the high 20s to low 30s during the winter; summer temperatures range between the low 50s and low 70s. It rains throughout the year, but spring is fairly wet. Expect frequent cloud cover from autumn to spring and plenty of snow throughout the winter.

Time Zone: Central European Time (Six hours ahead of the east coast)

SPECIFIC POST INFORMATION

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Map of the area

Historical Facts/Landmarks: The area was settled in the mid-700s and first appeared in historical records in the 1200s. St. Gumbertus Church was founded as a monastery and retained the name of its founder after becoming a Lutheran church. The city has been known internationally as both a center for the arts, specifically for porcelain, and as a military garrison. The first installation is now a university and shopping mall. Ansbach also housed both the Luftwaffe and Wehrmacht during World War II. Plaques commemorating both a Jewish cemetery and synagogue, which were vandalized during World War II, are located in the city.

HOUSING

On-post housing is owned and managed by USAG Ansbach Housing Division at Bismarck Kaserne.

Due to the surplus of housing, active-duty families live in military housing. Army Lodging Ansbach can accommodate families on a short-term basis. Pet-friendly rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. Off-post rentals are available; the Housing Office can assist with landlord negotiation—more information can be found on the Off-Post Housing tip sheet.

SCHOOLS

School Liaison Officer

DODEA School Immunization Requirements

On-Post Schools: Aside from DoDEA schools, families are welcome to homeschool their children. Some German kindergartens are open to American children.

Off-Post Schools: Munich International School

ON-POST SERVICES

OFF-POST INFORMATION

Health Care: Information for Host Nation facilities is located here.

Best place for beauty services: No off-post salons were personally recommended over Stylique Salon on post.

RESTAURANTS

Ansbach:

Nuremberg:

MUST DO

Ansbach:

  • Ansbach Residenz features tours (in German, with English pamphlets included) of the Baroque and Rococo palace.
  • Raubtier is a zoo featuring a variety of rehabilitated animals, though the zoo is most well-known for its large cats.
  • St. Gumbertus Church

Herrieden:

Bad Windsheim:

Rothenburg ob der Tauber:

Nuremberg:

Of course, with any overseas location, travel, travel, travel. Drive to neighboring countries. Hop a short flight to make the journey easier. Take the train for a change of pace. Whichever way you travel, be sure to keep experiencing Europe.

SOCIAL MEDIA CONNECTIONS

Army Wife Network does not promote or endorse these groups; however, we know they can be helpful in learning about various duty stations, so they are provided for your convenience.

Installation Facebook page: USAG Ansbach Community

Military Spouse Groups:

Buy/Sell/Trade Pages:

Religious services:

SPOUSE TESTIMONIALS

“Germany is the most beautiful, cleanest, and ‘greenest’ place I have ever seen. They recycle everything, they use wind and solar power, and they take pride in their country. America could learn a few things, in my opinion. Be aware that, as a whole, the German people are different than Americans in demeanor. They are very bold and honest, where we Americans like to ‘sugarcoat’ things. It’s not them being rude but them not wasting your time or theirs and getting straight to the point. Most do know English and will help you.” – Katherine S.

“Get out, travel, and enjoy the local culture, wherever you may be. Living in Germany and traveling throughout Europe has been a wonderful experience, and I’m looking forward to returning to the states this year with a new outlook. Whether you’re in Texas, North Carolina, Alaska, Korea, or Germany, get out there and become a part of your community. It is truly what you make it!” – Rachel G.

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1 Comment

  1. Sharita Knobloch

    Even after all these years with AWN, I still learn so much from our blog… We haven’t been to Ansbach (yet??) and I’m confident this post will help those with orders get ready to roll. Prost!

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