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.

New Beer Garden near Camp King, Oberursel

We had heard about this new beer garden from friends, and I had read about about on Facebook. With the current weather conditions of sunny and dry today, but a rainy Pentecost Sunday and Monday in the forecast, we decided to pay it a visit today.

It’s great! We live in walking distance, and were pleasantly surprised, when we arrived. We had a spot in the evening sun, while others were sitting in the shade watching the soccer game (Frankfurt vs. Bayern München).

Here are some impressions of our evening.

A ‘Wurstsalat’ (marinated cold cuts with bell peppers, pickles, onions, and radish). I’ll have that again next time.

I love this wrap-around bench under this beautiful old tree.

This Biergarten is open on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 11:00 – 22:00 only if the weather is nice.

Starting June 2018, it will also be open on Fridays, starting at 17:00.

Address: Hohemarkstrasse 106 in 61440 Oberursel

If you are familiar with Oberursel: It is opposite from the Pizzeria Del Golfo (across the U-Bahn tracks ‘Kupferhammerweg’), or about a two-minute walk away from EDEKA supermarket.

For more information, see: http://www.sommergarten-am-urselbach.de/

Self-service style for food and drinks also includes: You have to leave a deposit, which you get back when you return the plates, cutlery, glasses, etc.

Munich Biergarten in Wintertime

No matter what the season, many Germans love to sit outdoors, eating and drinking all the while.

The photo was taken on 22 February at the Biergarten at the Viktualienmarkt in Munich in the early afternoon.

This is winter, but we just bundle up and do what other nationalities might only do in warmer temperatures. Germans are hardcore when it comes to eating, drinking, and having a good time – outdoors.

There is an old saying Es gibt kein schlechtes Wetter, nur schlechte Kleidung (There is no bad weather, just insufficient clothing).

München Viktualienmarkt in February 2012

 With friendly permission from Margit Appleton, a Munich resident, and an avid photographer.

More about Margit on:

http://lifeinmunich.posterous.com/
http://interculturalmusings.blogspot.com/

 

August in Oberursel

We took another stroll through Oberursel on this rather grey day in August. I noticed some things for the first time, even though they must have been here for ages.

Such as this mural, which looks like it filled in the former entrance from the street to a court yard.

Mural of a cider press in Oberursel

The Brauhaus Vetters hosted some guests in the Biergarten – for eating out and drinking beer, Germans do not need sunshine, thank goodness.

Brauhaus Vetters Biergarten on a cool day in August

We have gone down this road many times on foot, but never really noticed this fountain. Well, Oberursel is THE Brunnenstadt (town of fountains), so we are blessed with quite a few fountains around the area and might not perceive them anymore.

Fountain in Oberursel

What looks like autumn leaves are fallen leaves on a bad summer day in August.

Summer temps and sunshine in Germany abandoned us about three months ago.

 

Beer Garden Business in Germany

The beer garden season has no official opening date. Whenever the weather turns nice, every Kneipe (pub) with an outdoor setting, moves its tables and chairs outside. This spring, we got to sit in the beer garden as early as the beginning of April.

Beer garden in Germany

The pub Zum Adler in downtown Oberursel is not your typical beer garden. This is an old building off the old main street, and the proprietor is known for his homemade Apfelwein (alcoholic apple cider, what else – we are in Germany).

The benches are lined up in the courtyard entrance, which had to be high enough to let the loads of apples come through by tractor. Guess nowadays he has found a different route for his apples to come in.

Beer garden business might be down this week as the temperature has dropped to 18°C (65 F). This morning it was chilly with 7°C (45F). If you are heading to Germany, bring some warm clothing, just in case.

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