The Mountain Lodge at Camp King, Oberursel before its Major Renovation

A reader just asked me for photos of the Mountain Lodge, Camp King, in Oberursel before it was changed to this modernized state.

This might be an interesting visual tour for all the enlisted personnel, who were stationed at Camp King, but did not get to see the NCOs building from the inside.

Mountain Lodge, Camp King, Oberursel in August 2016

 

The photos below I took when the Candy Bomber paid us a visit back in June of 2013. The guest of honor at the tour and discussion was Col. Gail S. Halvorsen USAF (Ret.), one of the last surviving pilots of the Airlift.

This is a medley of interior photos. If anyone can help identify the location of some of the rooms, please share it under comments. I have posted the photos in the same way I walked through the house.

Attic of the Mountain Lodge, Camp King Oberursel

 

Open House at the Mountain Lodge, Camp King

 

 

Hallway at the Mountain Lodge, Camp King in Oberursel

Manfred Kopp and the Candy Bomber, June 2013

Hope you’ve enjoyed this tour.

DaF Test: Registration and Confirmation with the Goethe Institute Frankfurt

If you are looking for confirmation to your DaF proficiency test registration, check your  automatic response carefully. If you see the following words below in your mail, you are in.

Teilnahmebedingungen: akzeptiert

(eligibility requirements: approved)

Over the years, I heard from various sources about this lack of written communication between test applicants and the Goethe Institute in Frankfurt, once registration for the test has been made.

An outdated IT department sends out automatic responses in German, which clearly need an update.

As the test applicants are foreigners, I had wrongly assumed that they had just missed the written confirmation of their registration, or it might have ended up in spam.

Not so, it seems. I signed up my daughter on 28 December for the German proficiency test on 7 Feb. In response, I got a standard reply, listing my given data and asking not to reply to this e-mail.

Hinweis: Diese E-Mail wurde automatisch erstellt. Bitte antworten Sie nicht auf diese E-Mail.

(This is an automatic response. Please do not reply.)

So I contacted the Goethe Institute Frankfurt via private message on its Facebook page four days ago. It seems they have no social media manager, nor page administrator either.

Then I lost more time trying to find a contact e-mail address in regards to the test. No such luck. On the other hand, the contact e-mail address for signing up for a German course is clearly visible though…

I went back to the automatic response, and then I found it. In tiny writing, pressed between lines of data, I found it: Teilnahmebedingungen: akzeptiert

In spite of being German, I had a difficult time working my way through this. The registration confirmation procedure definitely needs improvement and a more customer-friendly service.

For a euro 200 test-taking fee, I expect more service, such as a clear statement of admission and links to important information.

Mountain Lodge, Camp King Oberursel October 2014

I passed through Camp King earlier in the afternoon when I found the lodge in scaffolding.

Much has been written about this area again, since there are plans to build another housing complex right behind it. I’d suppose this would cover the meadow between the Mountain Lodge and the forest area. We shall see.

Mountain Lodge Camp King Oberursel

Mountain Lodge Camp King Oberursel

Mountain Lodge left

Last, but not least, another billboard ad around the corner stated that eight out of the ten apartments have been sold.

This one shows its future design. Note the white and sterile design for the living room (second photo on the bottom left). We will get used to the idea.

Mountain Lodge Ad

 

The Old Mountain Lodge at Camp King in Oberursel

Another opportunity for Open House to the Mountain Lodge at Camp King Oberursel was given on 29 June, when Col. Halverson (Ret.) came by for a visit in remembrance of the airlift Berlin-Frankfurt 1948/49.

Join me on a stroll through this landmark of military history.

These stairs are leading from the first floor to the second floor.

Stairway

Stairway

This is what the basement looks like today. Apparently, this area will be turned into apartments too.

There's work to be done

There’s work to be done

Pictures were on display throughout the house, including this one of the bell in the attic.

The bell at the Mountain Lodge, Oberursel

The bell at the Mountain Lodge, Oberursel

This is another photo on display of the belfry.

Camp King Mountain Lodge belfry

Camp King Mountain Lodge belfry

This is one of the rooms on the second floor.

More rooms and entries on the second floor.

This is the stairway today, connecting the first and second floor of the building.

Walking down the hallway on the second floor.

Another photo on display of the stairway connecting first and second floor.

This room overlooks the north side on the second floor.

Here we are in the attic.

attic

attic

The basement with this haloed door truly has the look of a haunted house.

basement

basement

Some of you might remember the shower rooms in the basement.

shower

shower

If you have ever been to the Mountain Lodge (a.k.a. Officers’ Club) in Camp King Oberursel, then I am sure you can appreciate this last tour of the building in the way it has been. Soon much will change when renovation is complete and apartments are for sale.

Public Pool gets blasted in Oberursel

In case you get to hear some 50 kg of explosives going off this morning in Oberursel, rest assured. This explosion is only to detonate the old public swimming pool, which has already been stripped down to its skeleton framework.

The old pool in Oberursel

The old pool in Oberursel May 2013

The detonation has been set for 11 a.m. today – on 4 June 2013. As nobody can be within 150 m reach, there will be no private filming. But the detonation crew will record it and make it available to the city as well as the local press.

Photos of the public pool being torn down in preparation for today’s detonation on Brunnentreff.

A good Aerial view of the old pool.

The new swimming pool will cost the city about 14 million euro. Maintaining the pool will add another 600.000 euro – 1.000.000 euro to its yearly budget plan.

There has been much discussion whether the city can afford all this.