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.

#WARNTAG2020

Today (10th September, 2020), sirens across Germany will be tested together for the first time since re-unification.

At 11am not only will all the sirens across the country be activated, but various warning apps on smartphones will receive push messages.

Today (10th September, 2020), sirens across Germany will be tested together for the first time since re-unification.

At 11am not only will all the sirens across the country be activated, but various warning apps on smartphones will receive push messages.

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

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