Bike Race Through Oberursel on 1 May 2022

We long-term residents of Oberursel are familiar with this annual event. For the newcomers to Oberursel and vicinity, this might prove to be a challenge to get in and out of Oberursel on that day. Some roads will be blocked for traffic as early as 8:53, and some until 13:16.
From my experience, it is best to leave your home around 8:00.

These roads will be affected:

  • Waldlust-Hohemark
  • Im Heidegraben/Hohemarkstraße
  • Altkönigstraße/Steinmühlenweg
  • Hommkreisel
  • Oberhöchstädter Straße/An der Heide
  • Gablonzer Straße/Zimmersmühlenweg

For more detailed information, visit this interactive map, and you can plan your day accordingly. Click on ‘Anwohnerinformation’, then activate ‘Schleusen’. This way, you can see where and what time the bike race is coming through.

Edit on Sat, 30 April, 18:36: One of my friends pointed out that the bikers’ route might differ from the one above. See here: Hessenschau Conclusion: If you have the option to stay home, then do so...

Bike Race through Oberursel, 1 May 2019

Happy New Year from Oberursel, Germany

As it is such a mild Silvester Day (New Year’s Eve), we might spend some of the evening on the balcony. Our daytime temperature was 14°C.

I took a stroll through the nearby forest earlier, and heard crane formations (or wild geese) heading for warmer climate. Usually, this only happens in October.

There won’t be much partying tonight as our daughter has to catch an early flight to Washington, D.C. tomorrow morning. Something good will come out of this – my family will be spared from watching me dance to Abba at 2:30am. 🙂

Oberursel forest 31 Dec 2021

Happy New Year to all my friends, contacts, and readers, out there!

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

My travel companion, Rhiannon, now from Malmö, Sweden, stopped by in Oberursel on her way to Italy. We enjoyed our little reunion on the Beer Balcony.

Our next trip will take us to Cyprus in November this year. That is, if the world is okay with that. We shall see.

Rhiannon, originally from Wales, now living in Malmö, Sweden

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

I have started to decorate the beer balcony with more wine-related decorative items. One of them is an actual vine which I have growing behind the bench.

The change has happened gradually, and there are several reasons for this. Sunny and warm evenings, when you long for a cold beer, are becoming rarer. We have had a miserable summer so far (on the most part).

Our visiting friends are getting older as well, and we tend to drink wine instead of beer, which is less in volume. This is especially helpful, when you have to drag your drinkables 56 steps up the stairs.

Beer Balcony in Germany

Brother-in-law Rich on a visit here from Paris for a few days.

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

When all fails, because the Corona pandemic still has a grip on us, then I can rely on my adult children to become the only Beer Balcony visitors during that time. Son Thomas from London visited us during the winter 2020/2021.

Now it is our daughter’s turn to come and visit from Florida after a two-year absence.

Here we enjoyed a Radler (a mix of lemonade and beer) during halftime of the European Cup.

Margo from Tallahassee, FL