Restaurant Pub and Spare Ribs at ‘Zum Adler’ in Oberursel

We have been regulars at this restaurant pub for the past 24 years. One of our friends took us there back in 1995, when we had just moved here from Japan. Back then, the Bratwurst (fried sausage in a bread roll) was still DM 2, which was about one Euro. We always liked their Biergarten, and the pub itself still has the same table, where the famous Red Baron used to have its sun downer – right here in Oberursel!

The photo shows the side entrance, which takes you directly into the Biergarten.

As our life changed over the years, we had not been back there for a while. Then it changed ownership a little while back, and we tried their new Greek cuisine (they also serve tradition German dishes), and it was good.

Yesterday, we decided to have spare ribs (another friend’s recommendation). This was really good, and so was the service. The only thing that surprised us was being the only customers in the Biergarten on a Saturday evening. We got there by about 6:30 and when we left at about 8:10, we were still the only customers there.

This type of restaurant pub is usually called in German:

1) Gaststätte, 2) Gasthof, or 3) Gasthaus. ‘Gast’ means guest, and these places usually had rooms to let upstairs. But the days of the Wandergesellen (journey men), who boarded there while traveling and looking for work, have long dwindled since then. All that remains for most of these Gasthäuser is the restaurant pub.

A Good Reason to Travel

“Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle

Dambach-la-Ville in the Alsace

On our way back to Oberursel, we stopped for lunch in the village of Dambach-la-Ville (about 10 minutes from Sélestat). It was Sunday, and very quiet. The only people we saw were a handful of tourists like us heading to the restaurant opposite the church.

This must have be the quietest place on earth. No voices (from neither people, nor animals), no car traffic, no sounds coming from any of the homes. It seemed the residents had all left for the weekend. This was the case on an early Sunday afternoon in late February.

The village (based on all the signs we saw) offers much wine-tasting, hiking routes, and places to stay overnight. Next time, we’re heading to the Alsace, we will spend a few days in Dambach-la-Ville. The village lies on the eastern slopes of the Vosges, and offers quite a few hiking trails.  I’ll even try it – the shortest one is a one-hour trail. I can manage that.

This is one of the many half-timbered homes in the village.

The roads in this medieval wine village were deserted on this Sunday in February.

 

To learn more about this village, visit Dambach-la-Ville, Alsace.

Sights to See in Selestat/Schlettstadt in the Alsace

Sélestat is a relatively small town of about 20.000 residents. We spent many hours just walking around, and most of the town (so it seems) is an array of historical buildings, half-timbered houses, towers, etc. The church tops in the center of town gave us a good sense of orientation. Without them, we would have gotten lost once an hour. At least.

This is the Ritterturm (Knights’ Tower) in 2019.

and many years ago…

This is an usual view of the St.Georg Church (from left to right), the empty facade of a half-timbered house, a residence with laundry hanging outside, and a very modern glass addition on the Maison du Pain d’Alsace Museum.

The Witches’ Tower in 2019…

and a long time ago…

We had dinner at the ‘Brasserie Chez Youpel’ and my husband actually managed to eat all of his Choucroute platter.

 

A Good Reason to Travel

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

-Ibn Battuta

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