Dealing with Corona in Oberursel

With many events cancelled due to Corona, three people in Oberursel have come up with an idea to make the most of the summer as safely as possible.

Thomas Fiehler, Danny Franklin and Thomas Studanski have arranged for a beer garden – with wine and food – to open on the Rathausplatz in front of the town hall, Thursdays to Saturdays from 4pm to 10pm.

There is no music, just someone to go and sit, drink and eat, with the Jürgen Ponto Fountain providing a water slide for children to play on. The number of people allowed in depends on whether they are couple, families or groups, to allow for social distancing at the tables.

The beer garden was officially opened this evening, 23rd July 2020, by the new fountain queen Verena I.

Danny Franklin - Andreas Schmidt - Verena I. - Thomas Fiehler

Danny Franklin – Andreas Schmidt – Verena I. – Thomas Fiehler

The Alleenstraße

In the autumn of 1990, just weeks after the German re-unificiation, a letter to the ADAC club magazine sparked a campaign to save the “Alleen” – the roads in the former GDR which are flanked on both sides by rows of trees.

The result not only protected those roads from tree-felling and overuse by heavy goods vehicles, but the network was expanded across the country, including the western part of Germany, and now stretches for 2,900km from the northern point of Rügen at Putgarten near Kap Arkona, all the way down to Lake Constance on the Swiss border.

The road itself has signs along the route with “Deutsche Alleenstraße” in white text on a brown background, and free PDF maps can be downloaded from the alleenstrasse.com Website.

This is part of the road near Kluis on Rügen:

Deutsche Alleenstraße - near Kluis on Rügen

Victims’ Memorial covered up

The victims’ memorial in Oberursel (Opferdenkmal) has been covered up to protect it from damage in the coming months.

The memorial stands next to the Hospitalkirche which is due to have to its roof refurbished, work which will take around five months to complete.

The “Initiative Opferdenkmal” has arranged for part of the memorial to be removed during the work and the rest to be covered up. At the same time, they have produced a banner to hang on the building site fence, which allows passers-by to see a photo of it.

Dr. Christoph Müllerleile and Annette Andernacht from the Iniative Opferdenkmal with the new banner (Photo: Initiative Opferdenkmal)

Dr. Christoph Müllerleile and Annette Andernacht from the Initiative Opferdenkmal with the new banner (Photo: Initiative Opferdenkmal)

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