List of Old Restaurants, Pubs, and Bistros in Oberursel, Germany

If you are looking for a certain pub in Oberursel you e.g. frequented in the 1970s, you will probably find it here: http://www.ursella.info/Gasthaus/files/Findbuch-Gaststaetten-nach-Strassen-_01_10_2017_fin.pdf

This is the most comprehensive list on former and current restaurants, pub, bistros, cafés, for Oberursel ever to be published.

Credits go to Ms. Heidi Decher.

Marktplatz Oberursel
Oberursel Marktplatz

Death of a Forest Culture in Germany

Since 2017, heavy storms, droughts, and bugs have felled many trees. This is happening in the land of the poets, thinkers … and forest lovers.

While taking my own forest walks, I can see dead trees still standing as well as lying by the roadside, marked with numbers. We can also see cleared forest aisles from a 9th floor apartment located at the foot of the Taunus Mountains. In American English, this could also be called a swath of destruction – an attack on nature or a natural development..? This determination I will leave to the scientists.

On any walk, there is always some momentary despair in the air, but in the next moment, we manage yet to marvel at the green canopy of leaves which is still above us on our walks in the nearby forest.

The most recent killer creature has been the Borkenkäfer (bark beetle), which likes to feed on mostly conifer trees.

Germany’s forest is a mixed forest of deciduous and conifer trees, with the spruce making up 25% of Germany’s forest.

Thanks for these photos and permission to publish go to my friend, Udo Esser, who took them on one his runs around the forests and hills.

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Stormy winds and droughts kill trees. This photo is what a tree looks like after bark beetles have devoured it. Not much left, is there…

bark beetles at work

This might be a slightly better time for Wanderer (hikers), who now have a much better view all the way around, including onto Frankfurt and its skyline (some smog included).

Frankfurt Skyline

This is a Wasserschutzgebiet (water protection area). There is no water to protect, so the sign has become less important. At present, and under its current conditions, it must be difficult to keep Ordnung in the German forests.

Wasserschutzgebiet im Taunus

This is what you are likely to encounter when exploring the hiking trails around here. The lack of precipitation in recent months has added more misery.

September 2020
German forests facing storms, droughts, and bark beetles.

This tree had been taken down by a storm. Forest workers gave it a clean and final cut before it could do further damage.

We’ve had our share of storms and destroyed trees in our own private garden in the Taunus Mountains as well. There have been three major storms involving our garden, which took down close to 20 trees (some where over a hundred years old). One of these storms cost us €2.500 to have seven kneeled over trees taken down. The other trees, belonging to neighbors, had fallen into our garden.

This is a socalled Luthereiche, an oak tree planted in remembrance of Martin Luther.

It has lost all its leaves due to the recurring droughts.

I love trees, and if you ever saw my balcony, you could see it for yourself. I have many trees, most are volunteers left by the wind or the birds as carriers.

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver. – Martin Luther

The Mountain Lodge at Camp King, Oberursel, in June 2020

Over the years, we have taken many walks around our neighborhood, Camp King. There is relatively little traffic, and a nice park to walk through.

Steps leading towards the Mountain Lodge, Camp King Oberursel
Mountain Lodge at Camp King Oberursel

The left side is the meadow, which slopes down from the Mountain Lodge. The right side shows part of the public park.

We consider ourselves fortunate to be living here in this part of Oberursel.

German Word of the Day: der Kassenzettel (receipt)

Recently, when shopping at our nearby supermarket, I noticed a different quality and color in the receipt paper. The first time, I figured it was just the end of the paper roll. Today’s receipt looked the same, so I finally took a closer look, and found the explanation on the back of it.

Up until now, receipts from EDEKA supermarket, used to be white in color, and somewhat shiny due to their chemical lining. Hence, they were not meant for the paper trash, but the plastic trash. All this has changed.

Environmentally friendly receipts

The new receipts are better for the environment. See pointers.

  • ohne chemische Farbentwickler (without chemical color enhancer)
  • über das Altpapier entsorgen und recycelbar (please add to the paper bin, it is recycable)
  • beständig gegen Umwelteinflüsse (resistant against environmental impacts)
  • zugelassen für den direkten Kontakt mit Lebensmittel (paper approved for direct contact with dry goods)

This is a good sign in regards to our environment. When we use fewer chemicals and reduce plastic trash, we’re heading in the right direction. Thank you, EDEKA.

Update 2020 – Kransberg Castle in Germany, former Nazi headquarters

Kransberg Castle is mostly known for having been Goering’s secret headquarters and where the American forces held the scientist Wernher von Braun’s family members in hiding from the Russians.

Schloss Kransberg

In 2012, I had to chance to visit the castle with the author Annie Jacobsen. More here: A Visit to Schloss Kransberg

The local paper, dated 28 May 2020, reported about the recent sale of the castle. For many years, the castle had just settled in dust, until 2012, when it had two potential buyers. The sale never came through though.

Now it has been sold to a Turkish-rooted investment company. The city of Usingen, which had the pre-purchase right, turned down the offer to buy it. The purchase price remains in the dark, but it is supposed to be below 1 million euro.

The new owner, Mr. Bilgiç Ertürk, had planned to turn the castle into an educational institute. Other Turkish investors supposedly had voiced their interest in cooperating with european universities.

These plans did not materialize, and so, concerts and weddings are taking place there now.

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