The Hessentag has started

The afternoon saw the official opening of the Hessentag in Oberursel.  After 4 years of planning (and roadworks), the day had arrived when the building work stopped and the party began.

The opening took place in the Rushmoor Park, located on one side of the town near to the Maasgrund.  Musicians from Stierstadt entertained the crowd during the long hot wait, until the Ministerpräsident of Hesse – Volker Bouffier – arrived with his wife, Ursula, the mayor Oberursel Hans-Georg Brum, Landrat Ulrich Krebs and the Hessentagspaar.

Volker Bouffier opens the 51st Hessentag in Oberursel

Volker Bouffier opening the Hessentag in Oberursel

Also attending were representatives from the towns of Wetzlar and Vellmar, where the Hessentag is due to take place in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

During the speeches the sun went in and some drizzle was felt, but it had stopped by the time Volker Bouffier declared the Hessentag official open.

And whilst the streets of Oberursel did not really fill up that much on the first day, the public transport system struggled to cope at times.  A problem in Frankfurt this morning led to S-Bahn trains being delayed, the U-Bahn was suffering delays and overcrowding too.  This was being put down to a operational problem earlier in the day and the shear number of passengers.

Hopefully the train companies can get these problems sorted out before even more visitors use them at the weekend.

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About Graham

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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