Mountain Lodge Oberursel under Construction

I took another walk around the Camp King area this afternoon. We live so close by (a five-minute walk), but yet so far away. It was a very humid and overcast afternoon .

Camp King’s ‘Mountain Lodge’, seen from south.  Children still have plenty of room to play soccer on a humid summer afternoon. There was also some activity going on in front of the chapel further up. This could have been organized by the Waldorf Schule, which uses the chapel for its drama department activities throughout the school year. It looked like a school parents’ picnic (with beer benches). The Hessians’ last day of school is this coming Friday.

Mountain Lodge Oberursel

South side of the ‘Mountain Lodge’.  Workers have been modifying its foundation, in preparation for the construction of several apartments.

Lodge construction Oberursel

A real estate advertisement attached to the western side of the building.  More information about apartments, including 360° conceptions of interior spaces, may be found on http://www.mountainlodge-oberursel.com/index.html.

Balcony Mountain Lodge

If you’re interested in buying an apartment, you’d better hurry.  There are still two available. “Verkauft” means sold.

Mountain Lodge Ad

East view of the ‘Mountain Lodge’.  A sign nearby indicates foreseeable occupancy at the end of 2014.  We’ll see!

Mountain Lodge construction site

The advertisement sign indicated that the apartments would be ready for moving in by the end of this year. Being German myself, I know to add at least another six months to this kind of promise.

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German Lesson: das Strassenfest

While on holiday in Maasholm ( a small fishing village at the Baltic Sea in northern Germany), we found this self-made traffic warning sign and loved it.

It served its purpose. We did not see anyone having gotten run over. :-)

Strassenfest Verkehrszeichen

For non-German speakers: Attention! street fest/block party/village fair

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German Lesson: der Fussballkuchen

Tomorrow’s soccer match should prove to be an interesting one: Germany – USA.

There will be an American, a German-American and a German sitting on our sofa, cheering for either team, or both teams.

Good luck to both teams. I’m not taking sides. This is what I say now.

Fußballkuchen

Attention: The word, der Fussballkuchen, has been made up! But we do have der Käsekuchen, der Zwiebelkuchen, der Schokoladekuchen, etc.
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Safe Drinking Water in Oberursel

Stadtwerke Oberursel supply high quality drinking water from the tap

Over the years, many expats have come to live in Oberursel. Some come from countries where only bottles water is considered safe drinking water and are really surprised to learn that in Oberursel, we can drink the water straight from the tap.

Forty-five years ago, on exactly the 1st of January 1968, the Stadtwerke Oberursel Taunus GmbH (Municipal Utilities, est. 1967) took over the water supply in Oberursel. Since then, the Stadtwerke Oberursel represents a safe and reliable provision of the number one resource – drinking water of high quality.

About 80% of Oberursel’s drinking water comes from the Haidtränktal, and its level is rated “soft” in accordance with the current Detergent and Cleansing Agents Acts. 15% of  Oberursel’s drinking water originates from the waterworks Riedwiese, and around 5% of Oberursel’s drinking water needs are covered by the Water Procurement Association of the Taunus area. The latter two water supplies are rated “hard”. As drinking water is the most important and best-controlled resource, it regularly undergoes quality control and is analyzed in accredited laboratories. Each year, 200 water samples are taken from the Oberursel water production plants, containers, and pipe network.

To ensure a safe and reliable drinking water supply, Oberursel provides a 295-kilometer long pipeline network. The Stadtwerke staff monitors, renews, extends and maintains these pipes. This way, optimal safety is ensured. In 2012, 38 new water connections were created, and a total of 86 water connections were renewed. A total of 501 meters of water supply lines were re-laid or renewed.

Wasserwerke Oberursel

Wasserwerke Oberursel

Drinking water from the tap in Germany is better than store-bought mineral water. The Stiftung Warentest, an agency which measures and evaluates safety and quality of consumer products and service, regularly arrives at this conclusion. Bottled still water often has fewer minerals, but more germs than tap water. Additionally, drinking water is very affordable: For €1.20, you can draw one liter of fresh tap drinking water each day for an entire year. For the same money, you can only buy six bottles of mineral water from a discount store (source: O-TON magazine Stadtwerke Oberursel, issue 1/2013).

Advantages:

* Much lower cost

* Better Safety and Health

* Home delivery into your kitchen

* No storage space needed

* No bottles to return

 

Vocabulary:

das Leitungswasser (tap water)

das Mineralwasser (mineral water)

stilles Wasser (still mineral water) + spritziges Wasser (sparkling water)

Ordering water at the restaurant:

A: “Ich hätte gerne eine Flasche Wasser.” (I’d like to have a bottle of water)

B: “Stilles oder spritziges?” (Still water or sparkling water?)

A: “Stilles, bitte.” (…)

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Guided Tour of Camp King Oberursel

On Saturday, 21 June, 2014, the local guide Sylvia Struck is going to give a tour of an area in Oberursel known as the former military post “Camp King”. The tours usually take place in May and August every year, but this year, they are in June and September.

The tour covers the history of the area from the Reichssiedlungshof in the 1930s, through the time of the Dulag Luft, up to the end of the U.S. Army presence in 1992.

The meeting point is the Kinderhaus Camp King, Jean-Sauer-Weg 2  at 2 pm, and the tour costs 3 euro.
This is a good opportunity for local residents to learn more about the history of the area.

Mountain Lodge Oberursel

Over the years, the local historian Manfred Kopp had given the tours. I suppose his turning 80 just recently got him to delegate this job to a younger person. He is still very active though and a couple of days ago, we had a meeting to discuss the Open House event planned for 14 September (10:00 – 17:00) of this year. Another announcement will follow.

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