Camp King Oberursel and its Influence on Jazz in Hessen

The Cold War era and the deployment of American military at various bases during that time played an important role in the growing popularity of jazz in Hessen.

As a tribute to this, there will be a concert at the Oberursel Town Hall on 22 May 2022.

Visit History of Jazz in Hessen for more information.

Berthold Schinke, one of the organizers, has this to add:

“On this day, the focus is not so much on the history of Camp King as on the music from the time of the Mountain Lodge as well as stories and anecdotes that are not found in any history work. The concert begins on May 22, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. in the town hall of Oberursel, admission from 4:00 p.m.”

The Quest for Bunkers in Germany

Ever since the Russian invasion into Ukraine started, some Germans have begun hoarding groceries, buying emergency generators (some home improvement centers have sold out), and inquiring about renting or buying a bunker room.

I watched the German news today, and they had interviewed an entrepreneur who earns a living from renting and selling bunkers in Germany. Before the war with Ukraine, he said, he had four or five inquiries about renting/buying a bunker a week. Now he gets 400 inquiries a week.

Some shoppers around here have been hoarding mostly oil, flour, and toilet paper (among some other items).

My hometown of Schweinfurt (northern Bavaria) hosts a Bunkermuseum, and because of the current development, the number of inquiries for guided tours has been on the rise.

Autobahn in Germany

Feeling safe for now, and greetings from Germany.

Camp King Bus Stop in Oberursel, Germany

The first time I used the bus line 42, stopping at the newly installed bus stop called ‘Camp King’, the recorded voice announced this stop the German way, which came out as ‘Cump King’.

Years down the line, it got changed to the American pronunciation of the letter ‘a’. It sounds much better, I tell you.

The bus stop was added sometime after the new German housing area Camp King was completed in 2002.

Camp King Bus Stop in Oberursel

This is the view from across the street (next to the U-Bahn tracks on the left). From here, you can see one of the remaining original US-army housing buildings. It is the only one with a slanted roof.

For many years, the building had been coated in a sandy color.

The bus route is heading the opposite way from here towards Bad Homburg.

I walked behind the tracks to get a better view of the former Camp King entrance. I got lucky and did not have to wait long for a car-free shot. This can be a very busy intersection at times.

Camp King Oberursel entrance today
Camp King Oberursel entrance
Camp King Oberursel entrance back in its days

New Year’s Eve 2021 in Oberursel, Germany

Our Silvester (German for New Year’s Eve) will be a quiet one, which is just the way I like it. Fireworks and big gatherings are also banned again on New Year’s Eve.

The road ahead should be taken the Welsh way:

“In Wales, people don’t move rocks out of their way. They step over them.” (from memory)

I’m grateful for the old year, and yet child enough to look forward to the next one.

Oberursel forest on 31 Dec 2021

Happy New Year, everyone!

First Snowfall in Oberursel, Germany, November 2021

On Saturday, while driving up Hohemarkstraße (direction Feldberg), the sun was out, and we could see snow on the mountains, which had fallen just the night before.

Right now, while typing this, I can see some light snow coming down. There is Vorfreude (anticipation) for more to come!