Winter Landscapes around Oberursel

We’ve had a fairly mild winter up until mid-week. A few days ago, it started getting colder and we got some long-awaited snow. I recognized my photo opportunity right there and then. El Niño could be back in a flash.

‘Glück ist der Zufall, der auf Bereitschaft trifft.’, I heard on TV yesterday. Basically, your real chance comes when conditions change, and you are prepared and willing to go along. Off I went to capture nature’s rapture on camera.

With the above statement, the announcer was describing a German skier’s luck in yesterday’s Ladies’ Ski Cross World Cup qualifications in Watles, Italy.

 

snowy path Germany

Somewhere near Oberhöchstadt, about 6km from Oberursel

Beer Balcony in Winter

Overnight, today being 4 January 2016, we got our first snow of the winter, but some drizzly rain had washed most of it away by the late afternoon.

But it did look beautiful this morning, when I stepped out on the balcony with some coffee in hand. Oberursel lies at the foot of the Taunus Mountains, and so we are more subjected to winter weather than Frankfurt.

I have my friends and family over in all kinds of seasons, and this is the view they get over mulled wine.

beer balcony in the snow

Sledding and Oberreifenberg/Taunus in the Winter

Driving up from Oberursel to visit some friends in Oberreifenberg one afternoon, we passed these wintery scenes.

Sledding at the Sandplacken Pass (669m), which is between Oberursel and Schmitten.

Sandplacken

 View onto St. Georg Church in Oberreifenberg

Oberreifenberg Church

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Fuchstanz Restaurant in the Taunus Mountains

Just yesterday, before we were hit with all that snow coming down today and delaying arrivals and departures from Frankfurt  Airport for up to five hours, we decided to go up the Taunus Mountains to find some snow, and the beauty of it.

Yesterday afternoon, we parked our car at the parking lot within the serpentine curve, then hiked up the mountain for a good 30 minutes. Our destination was the Restaurant Fuchstanz to have a bite to eat and a little something to drink.

Germany is full of trees,  about a third of land is covered with about 90 billion of them.

 Trees on the Feldberg

It is a 1.6km (one mile) walk from the Große Kurve (serpentine curve) to the Fuchstanz Restaurant.

Wegweiser

Time to turn around for a photo.

Maria snow

We can spot the other Frische Luft Geher (fresh air walkers) near the steaming Glühwein (mulled wine) already. There are two restaurants at the top and some outdoor vendors for the ones only wanting a Bratwurst and/or Glühwein. They also serve hot apple juice and a few other small items.

Reaching the Fuchstanz

Zum Fuchstanz (lit: to where the foxes dance)

At the Fuchstanz

The restaurant is open from Wed – Sunday from 10am – 6pm (tel: 06174 – 2 12 23). Occasionally, they also open on Mondays and Tuesday, all depending on fine weather only.

We ordered Rouladen with dumplings and red cabbage. Rouladen are made from thin strips of beef, then filled with bacon (sometimes seasoned ground beef).

Rouladen und Klösse

A box asking for a Spende (donation) for Wegemarkierer (trail blazers)

Wegemarkierer

Our visitor got himself a big cup of hot Glühwein.

Glühwein vendor

There are various trails leading to this area:

from Königstein: parking lot at the cemetery
from Falkenstein: Forest Parking Lot (Waldparkplatz)
from Oberursel: Serpentine parking lot or Hohemark
below the Feldberg Mountain : parking lot Windeck oder Teufelsquartier
as well as from Schmitten: parking lot Sandplacken

The Fuchstanz is always worth a visit. Right now, I imagine kids are riding down the trail on their sled. If you don’t have a sled, a big plastic bag might do the job too. It did for our kids when they were young, after the trail had iced over a bit.

Winter Coat Drop-off at Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Airport has a special service for its winter time passengers flying south. Bugged down with your winter coat? Not anymore. You can leave your heavy coat at the baggage room. This service is available until 7 April 2013 at a daily charge of 50 cents.

There are three baggage room counters:

1) Terminal 1, Halle B, Level 1 (arrivals)

2) Terminal 1, Halle B-C, Level 2

3) Terminal 2, Halle D

Enjoy your trip and don’t forget to claim your coat when you return!