Brunnenfest in Oberursel, 2018

Oberursel’s Brunnenfest (Fountain Festival) runs from Friday, 25 May until Monday, 28 May (with fireworks at 10pm).

The city is often referred to as the Brunnenstadt (Brunnen: fountain, spring, well), because it is home to more than 60 fountains, springs, and wells.

AllThingsGerman has more details in English, such as information about road closures, where driving restrictions will apply in the town center, where there will be ‘no-parking’ in some parts of the town, and which roads will be closed temporarily for the run on Sunday morning.

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

Here is our first beer balcony visitor for the year! Ksusha from Ukraine stopped by here after concluding her business trip in another part of Europe.

Son Thomas and she had met while both were attending university in Shanghai last year.

Ksusha from Ukraine

One of my friends on Facebook called me the ‘fleißigste Botschafterin, die er kennt’ (the most diligent ambassador he knows of).

I unite nations on the beer balcony. 🙂

Postcards of Mainberg Castle

Ever since I started doing research for a blog reader about Mainberg Castle in northern Bavaria, I have become very interested in the topic myself, and started buying historical postcards.

Mainberg Castle in 1914

 

Mainberg Castle around 1930

 

Mainberg Castle in 1946

 

Mainberg Castle in the 1920/1930

A Night at Zeilitzheim Castle

There are about 25.000 castles and fortresses in Germany. Nobody knows for sure how many there actually are, so the Deutsche Burgenvereiniung (German Castle Association) has decided to do a final count and registration. They expect to have the final results in about ten years’ time.

A week ago, we spent the night in one of these 25.000 castles. Going back to one’s hometown requires accommodation, and over the past few years, we have tried out several places – mostly inns in villages around the northern Franconia area.

This time, we chose Schloss Zeilitzheim (we had spent a night there about 10 years ago). As it was the case back then – we liked the pavilion, the park, and breakfast the best.

We had booked the Kardinalszimmer (sleeps four people) to accommodate all of us.

We enjoyed sitting on the bench looking out over the park.

 

The castle interior is a museum with its artifacts, showcases in the hallway, and authentic furniture.

I can highly recommend this castle hotel to anyone who just wants to get away for a day or two (or more). Buy a bottle of wine from the owner’s Weingut (winery) and sneak off to the pavilion at night. My husband and I sat there under a starry sky, and had a quiet conversation while sipping our wine. Recommended: Bring a flash light or a candle.

If you like really warm rooms, then I’d suggest you go there during the warmer season. This is a true castle, so in early spring, the rooms/radiators do not heat up so quickly. For me, it was perfect though.

Update on the Construction Site at Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt

Another trip to Schweinfurt, this time for a family celebration, had us pass by Ledward Barracks again. The corner of Niederwerrner Straße and Franz-Schubert-Straße looked very different, because several buildings have already been torn down.

Back in February 2015, the city of Schweinfurt purchased the areal from the Federal Republic of Germany. In December 2016, the city of Schweinfurt then sold it to the state of Bavaria. The state of Bavaria is now expanding its Würzburg university branch by adding another campus in Schweinfurt on the barracks grounds.

The demolition of the old buildings on Ledward Barracks will cost about euro 2.2 million, and was scheduled to be completed by June 2017. This is when construction of the new International Campus of the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt was originally due to begin.

As it is often the case in construction in Germany (and other places as well), things are taking longer than expected. There are a lot contaminated materials to be disposed of. Other building material will just get shredded, and some might be reused. Because of the heavy tanks used back then, part of the asphalt around the barracks is more than one meter in depth.

I took these photos of the former barracks just three days ago. Some buildings will remain; They plan on keeping the former Abrahms Club, the Court of Honor (Ehrenhof), and another building near the west gate, which is used for accommodating refugees, and on lease for the next five years.

 

The artillery barracks, the NCO Club, and the medical clinic are all gone.

 

 

 

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