Bike Race through Oberursel on 1 May 2018

The bike race ‘Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt’ came through Oberursel on Tuesday, 1 May, 2018. Therefore, a number of roads were closed, while buses and U-Bahn had no service between 8:30am – 2:30pm.

We walked to have lunch at my favorite Korean Restaurant ‘Seoul’, and ended up seeing the race on the way back at Hohemarkstrasse. I had not watched it for a number of years, so I was surprised to see them now heading the other way – towards the Feldberg Mountain.

A bystander informed me they had decided to change the route, and he thought this one was better as they are not coming down from the Feldberg at high speed anymore. They used to race by in a flash, but not so anymore.

There is a difference of almost 800 meters between the starting point, Frankfurt (elevation: 88 meters) and the Feldberg Mountain (elevation: 880 meters).

The most infamous bike race was the one in 2015, which was cancelled due to a planned terror attack. More here from CNN: German police thwart Boston-style plot to bomb cycle race, source says

St. Ursula Church Tower Museum in Oberursel

The St. Ursula Church tower museum presents a collection of sacral Art, spanning over 500 years of parish history.

In addition, the museum visitor gets to enjoy a splendid view not only across the Altstadt, but the whole town, and all the way to the Taunus (to the west), Odenwald (to the south), Spessart (to the east), and Vogelsberg (to the north).

Museum visiting hours:

From May – September: every first Saturday 15:00 – 17:00

Entrance fee: 1,50 € for adults, 1,00 € for children.

For arranging a tour on Mondays or Fridays, please send an inquiry to Mr.Abt.

Address: St. Ursula-Gasse in 61440 Oberursel (Taunus)
You can contact Mr. Wilfried Abt for more information
Telephone: (0 61 71) 55 05 0
e-mail: henrich@table-individuelle.de
http://www.kath-oberursel.de

Street Art by Markus Janista, Oberursel

Our popular local graffiti artist, Markus ‘Canister’ Janista, passed away last summer. His life has come to an end, but his art lives on.

I’ve only known him as the artist who beautifies the grey and smudgy junction boxes (German: Stromverteilerkasten) around town.

Ladybug – Street Art by Markus Janista

 

Dragonfly – Street Art by Markus Janista

Guided Tour: Tracing Jewish Life in Oberursel

On Sunday, 20 August 2017, the historian Angelika Rieber once again offers the tour Tracing Jewish life in Oberursel.
In the 90-minute tour around town, Ms. Rieber talks about the history of the Jewish community and  some local Jewish families.

On 19 October 1941, deportations of Jews from Frankfurt began. Within a year, more than 10,000 people were deported and murdered in the extermination camps. Numerous Oberursel residents of Jewish origin did not live to see the end of the Nazi regime and the Second World War.

The city tour is about the integration of Jewish neighbors into the town life, as well as the discrimination and persecution during the Nazi era.

The city tour goes from 2.30 – 4 pm and starts at the St. Ursula-Brunnen in the market square. The touring fee is three euros per person.

Oberursel, Fountain Queen, and Market Square

Sitting there at the ‘Marktweib’ Restaurant, I caught a glimpse of this year’s Fountain Queen (Brunnenkönigin), Ann-Kathrin I, along with the Brunnenmeister, Rainer. For a better image of her, click here: http://www.vereinsring-oberursel.de/html/brunnenkoenigin.html

2017 Oberursel Fountain Queen and King

Market Square in Oberursel

View onto St. Ursula Church and a couple of restaurants with outdoor seating. A few minutes after having taken this photo, I was sitting there myself with a beer in hand.

In the Altstadt, you can still find a mounting block for horses in front of someone’s door. Those were the days of real horse power.

Oberursel has its charms, and we still discover interesting nooks and corners after having lived here for 22 years.

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