Irrland in the rain…

Even in the rain, there are things to do at Irrland in Kevelaer:

Hünerbergwiesen, Oberursel

The Hünerbergwiesen are located outside of Oberursel, heading towards Kronberg and Falkenstein. It is one of those places so near, and yet I had never been there until last week.

The area is a protected nature reserve and it is forbidden to enter the fields themselves, but there are fenced paths crossing them with the area covering just over 21 hectares of land. The fields are mown once a year but otherwise it is one of the last fields in the area that where fertiliser has not been used.

The Hünerbergwiesen were created in the 16th century when local farmers cut down the trees illegally, resulting in an argument over who owned the land that went on until the 18th century. They are separated at one point by a strip of woods and a stream called the “Waldwiesenbach”.

To reach the area from Oberursel, walk past the Hohe Mark Klinik along the Friedländerstraße and once in the woods take the first path to the left. Alternatively, there is a car park at the dip in the B455 road between Oberursel and Kronberg, from which a path leads northwards directly to the southern most tip of the fields.

Elvis Presley Traffic Lights

Today is the 46th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death on 16th August, 1977.

During his time in the U.S. Army, he was stationed at Ray Barracks in Friedberg (Germany) between October 1958 and March 1960.

To show their connection to the singer, the town has a square called “Elvis-Presley-Platz” which even has traffic lights showing his silhouettes.

Elvis-Presley-Platz, Friedberg
Elvis Presley Traffic Lights in Friedberg

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