Public Christmas Trees around Oberursel

About two weeks ago, I spotted this lovely little Christmas tree in our northern part of Oberursel. Since then, I have found out that this is an initiative organized by the city of Oberursel.

70 trees have been distributed throughout the town. Various shops, clubs, kindergartens, etc. have taken on the task of decorating the trees.

The initiative runs by the name TanneUffDieGass (Hessian German for: Pine in the Alley)

This is ours in Oberursel Nord. To make them climate-friendly, the potted trees can be replanted later, and to conserve energy, they shine without electric lights.

Buying a Christmas Tree in Germany

This afternoon, we drove up towards the Feldberg Mountain in the Taunus to buy our Christmas tree.

Driving towards the Feldberg/Tausnus

There are various types to choose from, but we always get a Nordmann Tanne (Nordmann fir).

My better half does need some time to choose the perfect one. That is where we differ, but we have survived 32 years of that. The helper was quite patient with us, and held up various trees to compare. I did leave him with a tip though for all his patience and good humor. Told him it was not Trinkgeld (lit: drinking money = tip), but in regards to the current climate, it was meant as Heizungsgeld (lit: heating money).

This is our tree going into the funnel, this means getting wrapped for transportation.

Last trimmings to insure a safe transportation in our car. This Nordmann fir was €65, and this was the same price as last year. This is one of the few items which hasn’t gone up in price.

I would prefer a small potted tree which could be reused every year. A big cut tree like ours has to get tossed every year after 6 January when the tree pickup truck comes by.

Traditionally, most Germans put up their tree in the afternoon of Christmas Eve, and keep it until Three Kings Day, 6 Jan. Then we move it to the designated pick-up spot on the sidewalk. We toss ours from the 4th storey balcony, and in our case, the Hausmeister drags it to the designated spot then.

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.”

Street Art by Markus Janista in Oberursel

Up until yesterday, I did not know we had another little gem hidden in Oberursel Vorstadt. It must have been hidden by all the merchandise the former shop PRESENT had out front. Now that the shop has been completely cleared out, this box became visible.

This painted power distribution box features a hibiscus (also known as rose of Sharon), and was done by Marcus Janista (

The shop window on the left used to belong to PRESENT, and its premises have been converted into an art gallery for the moment.

About the shop and its window on the right – I don’t even recall what it used to be.

Mr. Canister, we miss you.

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

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