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.

In Oberursel the Rathaussturm takes place ten days before Shrove Tuesday. This year it was Princess Vanessa I.’s turn to oust Mayor Hans-Georg Brum (SPD) out of office:

Here are the photos from previous years: 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013

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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