History of Names for the Adenauerallee in Oberursel

In 1724, the street had been referred to as Allee (tree lined promenade), but its official name was Frankfurter Straße. The locals also liked to call it the Frankfurter Chausee (Frankfurt’s country road).

In 1933, the road was named Adolf-Hitler-Anlage.

Adolf-Hitler-Anlage in Oberursel

In 1945, his name was dropped and it became just the Allee again.

“Kastanienallee” in Oberursel

In 1967, the street became the Adenauerallee and it was named after Konrad Adenauer, the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) from 1949 – 1963.

The Adenauerallee connects the main shopping area with the train station. It is also our Flohmarktstraße (flea market road), and under normal circumstances, the flea market is held there every third Saturday of the month.

Reflections of my Service at U.S. Air Force Radio Relay Site on the Feldberg, Germany

It is always a pleasure to share photos and information with like-minded readers. One of them, Larry Tisch, contributed the following photos and some bits about his life near the Tech Control Center at the Feldberg, Taunus Mountains, in Germany.

“The first photo shows the entrance of the Tech Control Center, and the second one was taken inside. I was stationed there from February, 1969 through May, 1972.”

Tech Control Center Feldberg Germany
Men at Work at the Tech Control Center

“I loved it and had a great time. I also made many German friends.  They have been here to visit us, and we have been there to visit them several times.
When I first arrived I stayed at the Forsthaus Cafe until I found an apartment, which was on the upper floor of a private home in Arnoldshain. In 1969, the Mark was a quarter  ($1.00 = 4.06 DM) and a Bier was 50 Pfennig.”

Thanks, Larry!

Film Setting For ‘Spencer’ at Schlosshotel Kronberg, Germany

The Schlosshotel Kronberg will provide the setting for an American production of ‘Spencer’, a drama featuring Lady Di’s life.

The Schlosshotel has been chosen to represent Lady Di’s real birthplace, the country estate of Sandringham in Norfolk, where she was born on 1 July 1961. Princess Di herself reputedly has never been to the Schlosshotel herself.

Some historical facts about the hotel:

German Empress Victoria (German title: Victoria Kaiserin Friedrich), a daughter of the English Queen Victoria, purchased the Villa Schönbusch from a business man named Jacques Reiss in 1888. This was also the year her husband, Emporer Friedrich III, died.

She then had Friedrichshof Castle built in its place, and she used it as her summer residence from 1894 until her death in 1901.

Schloss Friedrichshof in Cronberg i. Taunus

Note the spelling of Cronberg in the left-hand corner of the postcard. This was the official spelling before it became Kronberg in November 1929.

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After her death, the castle went to her youngest daughter, Margaret of Prussia (German title: Prinzessin Margarethe von Preußen).

After WWII, the castle was confiscated by U.S. occupation forces, and used as Officers’ Club.

In 1954, the castle became a luxury hotel, convention center, and a special place to receive and host VIPs, such as the Dalai Lama in 2017.

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Princess Di is played by the actress Kristen Stewart. The Hessian Film Funding Group will support the movie making with €250,000.

The movie’s release is planned for early 2022.

Guest Houses near the Feldberg Radio Relay Station

For anyone having been stationed at the Kolbenberg in the Taunus, it might be interesting to revisit a couple of the guest houses – the way they used to be, even long before your time there.

These historical postcards are from my personal collection.

This Pension Tannenheim (Tannenheim Inn) is located in Sandplacken, part of Schmitten. The innkeeper at the time was A. Jäger.

On the back of the card, the guest house lists ‘running water’ as part of the amenities. It has no postmark, but based on the cars parked nearby, this might be from the 1940s/1950s.

Pension Tannenheim, Sandplacken, Schmitten

This postcard shows the Hotel Sandplacken, and the owner at that time was W. Heid. Again, no postmark, but this one also listed running water as well as central heating as one of the amenities.

Another view from the same hotel, and walking the Panoramaweg (Scenic Path) with views onto the Weiße Mauer (White Wall) and the Altkönig at 798m (2,618 ft).

The restaurant name was Wald-Restaurant (forest restaurant).

Where U.S. Americans liked to party in Oberursel – Disco La Soirée

What looks like a chapel (left side of the postcard) near the big corner guest house ‘Zum Bären’ used to be a ballroom in its very beginning. Then it became a movie theater (1913), which in turn became the infamous disco ‘La Soirée’ in later years (1975 – 1991).

Historical Postcard Restaurant Zum Bären in Oberursel

This black and white photo was taken by a U.S. soldier back in 1962.

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