It’s carnival time

The next few weeks in Germany will see all sorts of carnival activities taking place, and one of the first ones in many towns is the Rathaussturm where the carnival princes and princesses take over control of the town halls and send the Mayors on holiday until Ash Wednesday.

The Mayors do not usually give in that easily, and a verbal exchange often takes place outside the town hall before the ceremonial key is finally handed over, much to the delight of the onlookers. Although once inside the building, the princes and princesses are likely to found out that the town’s treasure chest is empty.

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British goods at the Christmas Market

Each year a delegation from Oberursel’s twin town, Rushmoor, make their way to the Christmas Market, bringing with the an assortment of mince pies, lemon curd, shortbread, Christmas puddings, crackers, and even whisky to sell at their stall inside the town hall.

Frank Rust and the Rushmoor stand at Oberursel's Christmas Market in 2019

The Nativity Scene at the Roundabout

Each year the fountain in the middle of the roundabout at the end of the Hohemarkstraße in Oberursel, known as the “Homm-Kreisel” but officially also as the “Alte Leipziger Brunnen”, is turned into a nativity scene with lights that are officially turned on just before the Christmas Market opens.

New figures are added each time a sponsor is found, and tradition has it that the donkey is positioned so that it is looking towards Stierstadt where the its sponsor lives.

The nativity scene at the Homm-Kreisel in Oberursel in 2019

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