Sledding on the Mountain Lodge Hill in Oberursel, Germany

The last time we saw children sledding on the Mountain Lodge Hill in Oberursel must have been ten years ago.

If you are new the area, and need directions: This hill is in the housing area called Camp King, behind the EDEKA supermarket on Hohemarkstrasse, and in fairly close proximity to Frankfurt International School (FIS).

Oberursel, Germany

Buying a Christmas Tree from a Vendor near the Feldberg, Taunus

This past weekend, we drove up towards the Feldberg Mountain. Our usual vendor was closed, but there is always another one to choose from.

Heading towards the Feldberg, Taunus

I’m not picky about which tree to choose, but my husband is. I usually say yes to each one he picks up, as long as it isn’t so tall. Over the years, he has come down in size (the tree, that is), and our tree this year is ‘only’ 180-210cm (5’9″ – 6’9″) in height.

Christmas tree vendor near the Feldberg

The sign in the hut says, ‘Who cut one?’ indicating tree theft. We did not mention its other meaning in American slang. ūüôā

Who cut one?

The vendor lady first approached me to offer assistance, but I pointed to my husband right away as the sole buyer.

Soon after, she was me telling about family feuds, tears, arguments, screaming, and whatever else might happen when families try to decide on a tree. She said, she had seen it all.

Here we are walking away with our 2020 Christmas tree.

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 K√∂nigsteiner Stra√üe 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 L√ľneburger 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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