Registry office closed on Thursday

The registry office (“Standesamt”) and the town hall department for cemeteries will be closed on Thursday, 21st April, 2016 due to training.

It’s carnival time!

The Rathaussturm when the carnival prince takes over the town hall took place on Saturday morning.  But as the town does not have a carnival prince this year, it was up to the KinderPrinzenPaar (Children’s prince and princess) Leonard I. and Esther I. to lead the proceedings: [Read more…]

Carollers at the town hall

Carol singers in German do not go from house to house before Christmas eve, they do it afterwards instead – specifically between 27th December and 6th January.

During this time, the so-called “Sternsinger”, organised by the local church and who are sometimes translated as “star boys”, go from house to house to collect for a particular good cause using the year’s motto and dressed as the Three Kings.

This year the motto is “Segen bringen – Segen sein!  Respekt für dich, für mich, für andere – in Bolivien und weltweit!” (bring a blessing – be a blessing!  Respect for you, for me, for others – in Bolivia and worldwide) and the money raised will go to help children worldwide, in particular in the Bolivia.  With the whole country taking part, it is not unusual to raise over €40 million.

Before they leave they write 20*C+M+B+16 on the door frame, the letters standing for “Christus mansionem benedicat”, or “God protect this house”. [Read more…]

It’s carnival time!

The Rathaussturm when the carnival prince takes over the town hall took place in cold but dry weather on Saturday morning:

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Carollers at the town hall

Carol singers in German do not go from house to house before Christmas eve, they do it afterwards instead – specifically between 27th December and 6th January.

During this time, the so-called “Sternsinger”, organised by the local church and who are sometimes translated as “star boys”, go from house to house to collect for a particular good cause using the year’s motto and dressed as the Three Kings.

This year the motto is “Segen bringen – Segen sein!” (bring a blessing – be a blessing!) and the money raised will go to help children worldwide, in particular in the Philippines.  With the whole country taking part, it is not unusual to raise over €40 million.

Before they leave they write 20*C+M+B+15 on the door frame, the letters standing for “Christus mansionem benedicat”, or “God protect this house”. [Read more…]

Registry office closed on Tuesday

The registry office (“Standesamt”) and the town hall department for cemeteries will be closed on Tuesday, 4th November, 2014 due to training.

Inside the historic town hall

The “Ratsherrensaal” inside Oberursel’s historic town hall at the market place is a view that not many people get to see.  It is generally only open to the public twice a year when new residents are given a tour of the town.  Otherwise it is only available for special events and can be hired for wedding ceremonies.

The Ratsherrensaal inside Oberursel's historic town hall

The Ratsherrensaal inside Oberursel's historic town hall

Registry office closed on Tuesday

The registry office (“Standesamt”) and the town hall department for cemeteries will be closed on Tuesday, 11th March, 2014 due to training.

Prince Benjamin I. at the town hall

Prince Benjamin I. in the town hall on Monday, 24th February, 2014 (Photo: Stadt Oberursel)

Having taken over the town hall on Saturday, Prince Benjamin I. has taken a “hands-on” approach.

Not only did he take a tour of the departments on Monday morning, he sat in on a press conference and announced his intention to take over the council meeting on Wednesday evening.

In the photo he is seen in one of the offices getting to grips with the telephone system, wtih Mayor Hans-Georg Brum (left), treasurer Thorsten Schorr (right), his Lord Steward Harald Pratt and pages Nadine and Nathalie.

It’s carnival time!

The Rathaussturm when the carnival prince takes over the town hall took place in slightly wet weather on Saturday morning:

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