Oberursel Pub Street in 1962

This photo, taken by a U.S. soldier in 1962, found its way back to Oberursel after more than 50 years.

At one time, this very street named Vorstadt had about 20 pubs and eateries.

In 1991, the guest house/pub Zum Bären was torn down to make room for the new shopping arcade Bären-Arkaden, named after the former guest house.

Gasthaus Zum Bären in Oberursel
Vorstadt Oberursel 1962

The same building also housed the first movie theater in Oberursel, which later became a discoteque.

The disco was known as High Life (1971-1975), and later as La Soirée (1975-1991).

How the Korean Restaurant ‘Heide’ in Oberursel got its Name

The Korean Restaurant in the Königsteiner Straße in Oberursel, most often referred to as ‘Heide’ by its patrons, is actually listed as Heidekrug. This would make it the Heath Inn, an inn next to a heath.

Heide: heath, heather, or heathland; Krug: pitcher, jar, as well as inn.

Its location is the namegiver for this restaurant as it is located right next to the Stierstädter Heide (Stierstadt heathland). Driving on the B 455 towards the Heidekrug, you can also see Stierstädter Heide on one of those yellow traffic sign. This is in case you ever wondered what it meant.

Korean Restaurant Heidekrug in Oberursel

The most famous heathland in Germany is definitely the Lüneburger Heide. The high season for the blossoming of the heath is from early August until mid- September. As an easy rule of thumb to remember – the best time to visit is 08.08. – 09.09. each year.

The heath behind the restaurant is a fairly small one, but it still needs a lot of care throughout the year. Three times a year (spring, fall, and November), members of the ‘Oberursel Forest Youth Group’ trim the area, and remove any volunteer plants, such as young trees, weeds, and hedges. The constant removal of these plants ensures the survival of the heather, which helps preserve wildlife in its natural habitat.

By now in early October, the flowering period of the Stierstädter Heide is long gone, and only brown heather is left to look at.

Stierstadt heath
Stierstädter Heide

The following is the history of the restaurant (credit goes to the Findbuch Gasthäuser Oberursel):

The first mentioned owner was Johann Bott in 1937. It was a ‘drinking hall’ back then.

The next owner is listed as Albert Bott 1969/1970, 1970/1971

In 1971/1972, the name was changed to Heidekrug Waldhotel (1972-1986).

In 2000/2001, the name was changed once more, this time to Wald-Hotel Heidekrug Restaurant, Cafe, Biergarten;
Starting in 2006, the Waldhotel Heidekrug first offered Thai food. That same year, the building was purchased by Mr. Arno Hofmann, the owner of the Parkhotel Am Taunus (near FIS).

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.

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