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Checking Out Sembach

In the fall, we found out we’d probably be moving to the Sembach area in the coming months, so in October my husband took me up to see what it was like. On the way, the GPS took us to what appeared to be a closed road but a tractor went down it, so we did too.

Following the tractor

All seemed to be well until the road came to an end. The tractor driver turned off onto what must have been his farm and the remaining “road” was a dirt trail. So we turned around. Eventually we found where we should be.

Driving near Sembach

The post is pretty sparse compared to Heidelberg’s. There is no PX there. The commissary was small but was well stocked at least, and clean. It appeared to be the only thing in use that Saturday afternoon. A Java Café was advertised as a new addition across post. Across from that was a thrift shop. There was a fitness center but it appeared to close up early daily. The bowling alley had only one car at it, probably the guy who works there. Since there is no housing actually on Sembach I imagined I wouldn’t have much reason to go on post if we moved there.

My husband is a city guy and wasn’t really looking forward to being surrounded by the country. I understand not wanting to be far from everything, but it was kind of pretty out there. In Heidelberg, since we were on Patrick Henry Village we had to drive to get out into town. Here, it would be much quicker to get into town because we wouldn’t live on post. We would just have to make an effort to get out. Mannheim, where my husband likes to go, is only about half an hour away. Ramstein is also about the same distance should we want to go to the BX or theater. I also noticed a few little shops and restaurants that might be nice to check out, and there are surrounding towns that might be nice to go to. We’ll also be closer to Bad Dürkheim to save ourselves a long train ride if we go back to the wine fest.

One of the towns we drove through.

As I tried to point out the positives, my husband said that he appreciates that I have the ability to remain optimistic. He said “It’s like having a ray of sunshine and that’s great because sunshine is warm and feels good…but sometimes it’s really annoying.” “So I’m shining in your eyes?” I said. “Yes,” he said. Well, I just wanted him to feel better. I am sure I will miss Heidelberg also (but it’s only about an hour away, still close enough to go back for a day trip). I just believe in making the best out of everywhere. I may prefer some things to others (heck I prefer having a beach within an hour drive and don’t presently and may never again have it) but I can find things to enjoy almost everywhere I think.

As it turned out, we actually had two options with orders there. We could live off post (as we expected to have to), or we could request housing on Ramstein or Vogelweh. In the end, we picked Vogelweh since it’s midway between Ramstein and Sembach and we had been told the apartments are bigger there than on Ramstein. I’ll tell you more about that when I catch up to it. Next time, I’ll tell you about checking out Saturn and having dinner at Café Romatic on Heidelberg’s Hauptstrasse.

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8 Thoughts on “Checking Out Sembach

  1. There are a few trains that go to Manheim/Heidelberg from Ktown. It really is only a hop and I’ve had my friend visit me plenty of times when I lived in HD.

    I’ve been to Sembach once, it is pretty far off from anywhere, but then again, I grew up in one of the most rural areas (Eifel) there probably are in that part of Germany…. How much longer are you staying in Germany?

    • Yeah it’s pretty close. I was over near the train station today (I think…I was kind of lost because my GPS kept trying to take me to closed roads but I’m pretty sure I saw a sign from it). I think it would probably be easier to drive there.

      Yeah there’s not much around there. I’m kind of glad we’re living over here. At least it’s a little closer to things. We’re here for at least another year (hopefully more…we’ll see how it goes).

  2. thanks for your post, we just got our orders out to Sembach last week and are supposed to move out there december hopefully. It will be me my husband and our 6 yr old son so we have to look in to schools yay fun, but loved hearing scenery is nice thats always a plus we are totally excited to come to Germany

    • You’re welcome. Wow that’s pretty quick, but so was ours. The year we moved here we got orders in August and were here by early November. If you are wanting to live on post, your options will be Ramstein or Vogelweh (there’s no housing on Sembach except for barracks right now). Personally I would recommend Vogelweh, because it’s only about 20 minutes to Sembach and 20 minutes to Ramstein and at least where we are is pretty spacious. I’m behind on posting about it here, but I wrote about the on base housing on Vogelweh for Germany Ja if you’re interested: http://germanyja.com/2013/07/on-base-housing-vogelweh-air-base.html and someone else wrote about Ramstein: http://germanyja.com/2012/11/on-post-housing-ramstein-ab.html From what I understand where your child goes to school will depend on where you actually end up living rather than on what installation the orders are for. Germany is pretty awesome. We’ve been here about two years and neither of us is in any hurry to leave.

  3. Hi, I was interested when you left Sembach, assuming your time is up there, and if you could recommend some towns to look into renting a home in. I like to get near forests (this will be my third time in Germany) if there are any near nature preserves around there it would be nice to know.

    Thanks for entertaining my questions.


    • Hi Jill. We’re still in the area, but I rarely go out to Sembach (and even then have only gone to post). We live on Vogelweh in Kaiserslautern and I’ve been working on Landstuhl, so I don’t really know any of the towns around Sembach. There’s a huge nature preserve in the area called Naturpark Pfälzerwald, part of which is in Kaiserslautern. I haven’t been to it yet but it covers over 600 square miles. There’s also a 62-acre game park and a couple of different gardens.

      • Thanks for the quick reply. I really enjoyed your blog and also your webpage.

        So is Vogelwah about 20 min from Sembach? Sembach seems so old, small, and desolate from the pics and from what I read. I was sad to here that Sembach was where my new unit had moved. I was hoping it would move to Wiesbaden, or k-town, Landstulh or down south. But, hopefully I’ll find a nice place to live and enjoy the beauty of GE!

        So, you must like it very much, I think your family has been there for several years. Have you posted pics of other trips? I enjoy you posts and videos. The dogs crunching leaves as the walked was hilarious!

        Thanks again, I am going to try to find the nature park you mentioned and see how close it is to Sembach.

        Take care!

        • You’re welcome. Thanks. 🙂

          Yeah it’s about 20 minutes. Sembach is pretty small, and there isn’t much there. The commissary is also only open a few days a week (and my husband mentioned today that they’re probably closing it soon). I don’t think it would be so bad to work there but I feel bad for the soldiers who have to live there in the barracks.

          I do. We’ve been in Germany for a little over three years, about a year and a half in Heidelberg and about a year and a half in Kaiserslautern. We have a little less than a year left unless we get to extend again. I am way behind on posting about trips. Everything that has been posted so far is in the sidebar and Where I’ve Wandered at the top. Glad you’re enjoying the posts and videos. Haha my dogs crack me up, especially the min pin.

          You’re welcome. Kaiserslautern’s tourism site has a page about the trails in that forest. http://www.kaiserslautern.de/tourismus_freizeit_kultur/tourismus/gruen_und_aktiv/wandern/pfaelzer_waldpfad/index.html.en

          Take care 🙂

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