Old-Timer Tractor Show in Büdesheim, Hesse

This past Sunday, I had the craving for a grilled Bratwurst with a Radler (beer/lemonade mix). To get one in Germany on a Sunday, you just go to any kind of outdoor fest. This one was in Büdesheim in Hesse, about 19km out of Frankfurt, and it was an Old-Timer Tractor Show.

I was in for a nice surprise, because it was actually very interesting.

This IHC 353 from 1970 is actually for sale. This looks a lot like the second tractor my dad had on the farm.

My dad’s first tractor was a green Fendt like this one from 1956.

This year’s make is 1960 (just like me). It looked so perfect sitting there in the sun. I know I should not compare, but I think I need to pimp my wheels, and put some flowers in my hair.

Starting early – the tractor business, that is.

It was well worth a visit. We spent more time looking at the tractors than with our sausage and Radler.

Frankfurt and Sunday Shopping Calendar for 2013

For some readers, who are not familiar with our German shopping laws, this might seem unusual.

Things have eased up a bit over the years, giving individual states the choice of whether to have shops open and running or not. Before this adjustment was made all shops had to close on Sundays (except for open markets and fairs).

Our state of Hesse just announced the dates for the four (limited!) Sundays for Sunday shopping. An unusual concept for many Germans, and the shops are usually full on those days.

The German term is Verkaufsoffene Sonntage (no proper translation is available at this point).

Sunday shopping 2013 calendar:

* 14 April (same Sunday as the Dippemess/Frankfurt Fair)

* 26 May (same Sunday as the Wolkenkratzerfestival /Skyscraper Festival)

* 15 September (same Sunday as the International Auto Ausstellung (IAA)), but restricted to certain parts of town

* 13 October (same Sunday as the world’s biggest Book Fair)

This new trend of keeping shops open on certain Sundays has been labeled a positive move by our economic experts. Long overdue, but all in good German time.

Ordering German Beer

The other night out, I was reminded again of regional differences in the German beer language.

You might just order: Ein Bier, bitte. Around the Frankfurt area, they will ask whether you want a small one at 0.2 or 0.3 or a big one at 0.5. Just say, Ein grosses Bier, bitte. if you want to get a pint.

The following photo shows a normal sized beer. Normal to me, as I’m from the northern part of Bavaria.

In northern Bavaria, this glass 0.5 (one pint or 1/2 quart) is considered the normal size at the local guest house, and it could also be considered a small one at a beer fest.

Around the Frankfurt area (Hesse), this size is considered big as most people order a 0.2 or 0.3. During the summer time, out there in the beer garden, the pint becomes a bit more the norm.

I do dislike the 0.2 size. My nose is bigger than the glass and I have a hard time drinking from it. No, I do not generally order this, but I might get it, because I forgot to specify it. I have only been here for 17 years, so give me a break.

On the other hand, if you order a Schoppen (or Schöppchen, the diminutive form of Schoppen), you’d  get a beer in Hesse and wine in Bavaria.


What confusion. Many Bavarians would not order a 0,2 beer and certainly would not ask for a Schöppchen to get beer.

Enjoy your beer in Germany. It is one of the best things about our country.

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

– Benjamin Franklin –


Emergency Dental Service in Hessen

Just discovered this notice in our Oberursel paper, published 9 June 2011:

– Starting 1 June 2011 –

If you need emergency dental care, then contact the Notfallvertretungsdienst for Hessen at 01805 – 60 70 11.

You no longer have to go through your dentist to find out what on-call dentist is available in an emergency.

Calling this number will give you the nearest dental emergency clinic operating in your area.

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