The Mountain Lodge at Camp King and Current Landscaping

It was a typical foggy November sight, when I passed by the Mountain Lodge this morning.

As I got closer, I noticed there were not only dog walkers abound, but also city council workers.

I counted close to 10 workers behind the red and white barrier tape.

Gardening landscaping in Camp King, Oberursel

I don’t know what is going to happen to that tree, which stands closest to the Lodge, so we shall see. I will keep you posted.

Feldberg Radio Relay Station Kolbenberg in the Taunus, Germany

From a stateside reader, I got the following pictures as well as permission to publish them. My thanks goes to Donald Engel for his friendly contribution.

This one shows Oberursel and its main cross roads between the Vorstadt and the train station. The road names are Oberhöchstädter Straße and Adenauerallee. The year is 1962.

Oberursel 1962

Now we are heading up to the Kolbenberg and its ‘new tower’ back in 1962.

Kolbenberg Tower 1962

This was the original memorial plaque, and the photo was taken in 2006.

Not only did Mr. Engel give me permission to use his photos, but he also designed the originial plaque *, which is placed near Sandplacken. The original one was stolen and in 2014, a replacement plaque was put up.

Kolbenberg Memorial Plaque

The barracks and other buildings around the Kolbenberg radio relay station.

Microwave dish Kolbenberg

These are the remains of the Feldberg radio relay station.

Rubble at Kolbenberg

Now, even the rubble has been cleared.

The Sandplacken area is a great place to visit also in the winter time. We usually buy our Christmas tree up there from one of the vendors. They usually also serve Bratwurst and Glühwein mulled wine. This will probably be a little different this year…

Also, if you like to join the Kolbenberg former military community, then visit this website: https://spokt.com/

*Edit on 20 November: Mr. Engel kindly pointed out an error on my behalf, and I corrected it within the text.

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

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