Fasching Parade and Taunus Karneval 2018 in Oberursel

If you are a newcomer to Germany and/or the city of Oberursel, you might be interested in watching this cultural (and pagan) event downtown Oberursel on 11 February 2018.

Fasching (also known as Fastnacht or Karnival) begins on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11:11 a.m. every year. The real festivities begin the day after Epiphany (6th January), when Fasching enthusiasts gather at local parties held throughout various public halls in the city.

The high-light happens on Fasching Sunday, this year being on the 11 February, when around 120 splendidly decorated cars and wagons pass through the city. The tour starts at 14:11 at the Rahmtor (old city gate at the market square), and runs for about two hours. Watch out for road blocks, and detours. Most people walk there or take public transportation.

People line the streets to return the Helau* greeting from the cars, and children are eager to catch the candy thrown from the cars. Adults might have a Schnaps (German hard liquor), while standing there. Children usually bring bags to carry their candy home. Don’t forget to bring an umbrella – even on a sunny day. The umbrella, held upside down, will not only protect your head from getting hit hard by the candy, but it also serves as a convenient candy catcher.

From the archives: Fasching Parade in Steinbach, Germany

Finding a parking spot will be difficult that Sunday afternoon. Also, the local pubs and restaurants will be packed with customers starting around 4pm.

So, you should either dress up, and join the lively activities, or stay away from downtown Oberursel.

Thousands of people from neighboring towns, including Frankfurt, come to watch this spectacle.

If you are going to watch the parade, remember to bring your:

  • smart phone or camera
  • one umbrella per adult (to shield from the rain or flying candy, or both)
  • bags to carry home the candy
  • Schnaps (in a medium-sized bottle), in case the weather is nasty. To make friends, make sure to share it with the others. Bring some shot glasses. Great conversation starter.

More about this sponsored event in photos, etc.: Taunus Karneval

* Helau stands for ‘Hello!’, ‘Hurrah!’ or simply put: ‘I’m having fun!’

You can go there dressed up or in plain clothes. Enjoy the parade.

Film about Life in Oberursel

Thinking about moving to Oberursel? Then have a look at this film published by the city of Oberursel. If you lived here once and miss it, you will enjoy it as well. I’ve lived here for 22 years, and call this my home.

Click here for the movie: http://www.oberursel.de/tourismus/information/oberursel-im-film/

Oberursel and St. Ursula Church

Best Roast Pork at the Kronenhof in the Oberursel Area

For the past three weeks, I had been craving German style roast pork (German: Schweinebraten). But it has been too hot and humid to make this dish at home, and no one else in the family wanted it. So I was waiting for Schweinebraten Wetter (roast pork weather), which is a somewhat cooler day to have such a filling dish at a nearby restaurant or Biergarten.

That perfect day never came, but I did not want to wait any longer. We braved the heat and humidity this late afternoon, and went to the Kronenhof * in Bad Homburg (a 10-minute drive).

This was the best pork roast I’ve ever had around here in the whole state of Hesse. The gravy was superb, and the meat so tender. These bread dumplings are a nice variation to the regular potato dumplings.

On the menu, look for: Schweinebraten in Biersoße mit Semmelknödel und Krautsalat (Roast pork in beer sauce with bread dumplings and coleslaw).

Pork roast at the Kronenhof in Bad Homburg

Pork roast at the Kronenhof in Bad Homburg

My husband opted for the prime boiled beef with strips of vegetables, horseradish sauce and boiled potatoes. Look for the German term ‘Gesottener Tafelspitz’, also with a choice of green sauce (local herb sauce specialty) or horseradish sauce.

Tafelspitz at the Kronenhof in Bad Homburg

Tafelspitz at the Kronenhof in Bad Homburg

For my foreign friends and readers – they also offer the popular ‘Grilled knuckle of pork with Sauerkraut or coleslaw’. Guten Appetit!

For more information, visit: Hofgut Kronenhof in Bad Homburg

From HL Markt to Handok Market in Oberursel

For many years, the HL Markt was the only one in our neighborhood. In 2001, we heard it would close soon, because a newer and bigger one would open in the new housing area ‘Camp King’. Some residents of the Rosengaertchen area signed a petition asking to keep the HL Markt open until the new one opens. By then, we had an aging population already, who had to do their shopping on foot, and quite a few of us relied on this small supermarket.

In November 2002, EDEKA Supermarket in Camp King opened its doors and the old HL Markt in the Rosengärtchen closed. Fortunately for us Asian food aficionados, the Asian market HanDok Kaufcenter 한독마트 moved in.

I used to shop at the HL Markt on a regular basis, so the photographer happened to catch me that day for the photo accompanying the article.

Closing the HL Supermarket

HL Markt Rosengärtchen – Schließung 2002

In 1995, when we moved here, German supermarket opening hours were still very limited:

Monday – Friday until 18:30 (closed for lunch) and Saturday until 13:00

The Naming of Alfred-Lechter-Straße in Oberursel

This is the first one in a new series of exploring street names around Oberursel. Some of our streets are named after distinguished individuals, in commemoration of that person who lived or worked in Oberursel.

The first one is Doctor Alfred Lechler. The Alfred-Lechler-Straße is located behind the campus of Frankfurt International School (FIS) and runs up into the wooded area to the Klinik Hohe Mark.

Dr.med. Alfred Lechter (1887 – 1971) was the first chief physician at the Klinik Hohe Mark (Oberursel), a clinic specializing in psychiatry, psychotherapy, and trauma therapy.