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!

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).

Pizzeria at U-Bahn Kupferhammerweg near Camp King Oberursel

Whenever I do some research about Camp King, I inevitably stumble across comments mentioning the pizzeria on Hohemarkstrasse, which is across from the U-Bahn station Kuperhammerweg, close to the former military post Camp King. Also readers of this blog do occasionally mention the pizzeria, such as L.L.H. when she stated “I was wondering, is there still the Pizza shop (as you go out what was the front gate to the left)”.

Yes, the pizzeria is still there. When we moved here in 1995, it was run by two elderly Italian men. A few years later, another Italian family took over and has been running it since then.

We are regulars at this restaurant and one of our daughter’s first words was “Toni! Toni!” when she wanted their Rigatoni dish. That was a long time ago…

Anyway, here are some photos I took while walking from Camp King down Hohemarkstrasse to the pizzeria Del Golfo.

There is construction on the other side, a new housing development called Am Urselbach is in the making. At this corner, there used to be the gate.

Camp King corner facing east

Camp King corner facing east

This is the eastern end of Camp King, at the corner of Eichwäldchenweg and Hohemarkstrasse.

Camp King Allee sign post

Standing at the corner of Camp King Allee and Hohemarkstrasse.

Camp King corner facing north

Camp King corner facing north

The U-Bahn station Kupferhammerweg was redone a number of years back.

U-Bahn station Kupferhammerweg

U-Bahn station Kupferhammerweg

View from the U-Bahn station.

Looking back at Camp King

Looking back at Camp King

Also the pizzeria building got a new face – the facade was repainted several years ago.

Pizzeria Del Golfo

Pizzeria Del Golfo

The pizzeria does good business with very good food, reasonable prices, and friendly service.

Pizzeria Del Golfo

My next research will have me locate the bakery the reader L.L.H had mentioned, “also at the stop for the Ubahn there was a bakery that had some of the best breads and coffee. Would buy my coffee there for home use and have it fresh ground.”

Important Hessentag Information

The school has just forwarded this useful information regarding the Hessentag, the traffic and transportation situation in the town of Oberursel, and a few highlights of the event.
Even though the content is related in some parts only to FIS, this information might also benefit all other English speakers in our area.

1. Traffic closures
During Hessentag, areas of Oberursel have been broken down into zones. Depending on the zone, traffic is either fully or partially prohibited. The red zones will only be accessible by car between 8 – 20 June from 6:00 – 9:30 in the morning. Please note that the red zone is closed off three days longer than the duration of the event!

The other colored zones are accessible from 10-19 June only with a special permit, which is generally only available to residents of that area.  This means that parents from outside of Oberursel will not be able to drive through the center of Oberursel to get to school.  For a map of the various zones, click here.

2. Access to FIS

FIS will be accessible via the Hohemark Strasse between the Lahn Strasse and B455 exit Hohemark.
• Please be aware that there will be increased traffic, congestion and a longer driving time to get to school from 9-20 June.
• The school parking lots of the Primary School, including the one across the street, as well as on the Waldlust campus will be completely closed after school on Friday, 17 June until Monday morning, 20 June, for the Hessentag parade.
3. Public transportation
We encourage all visitors to the town center to use public transportation, which will take one to the edge of the Altstadt.  All other traffic within the Altstadt is restricted to pedestrians.

• The U-Bahn and S-Bahn will be running every 15 minutes for the duration of Hessentag. The best U-Bahn access to the center of town is the stop “Oberursel Altstadt”.
• The bus lines 41 and 42 will not be able to drive through town as usual and will thus be split into separate routes above and below the closed off areas. They will travel on a 30-minute schedule. Bus 42A also goes from FIS (departs 13 and 43 after the hour) to the Brüder Winter Strasse, but NOT on the day of the Hessentag parade, 19 June.

4. Parking at Hessentag
There are two huge parking lots available during the event. For a look at their location, see P1 and P2 on this map.
• P1, which is accessible only from the Frankfurter Landstrasse, is closer to the Altstadt, but is still a 20-minute walk away.
5. FIS participation at Hessentag
A number of FIS-related events will take place during Hessentag. Click here for a map.
• 10-18 June – 10:00-19:00; Activity tent on the Königsteiner Strasse/Corner Füller Strasse; Student, parents and teachers will offer various activities to the Hessentag guests. For a detailed look at the events, click here.
• 16 June – 17:00-19:20; FIS 50th Anniversary Performing Arts Showcase; ES and US students will demonstrate their creative talents on the Thomas Cook International Stage on the Bleiche. Parents can park at school and take public transport downtown, but  please note that the school closes at 22:00.

• 19 June: 13:00; Hessentag Parade through the Altstadt with a pedestrian group of FIS students and staff dressed in national costumes.

6. Hessentag Highlights
The full program is available in German here.
The school has also put a short list of some events together that do not require language skills. That information can be found here.