Open-air theatre in Oberursel

Each year one of the regular attractions in Oberursel is the open-air theatre production called “Theater im Park”.

The production, featuring local actors, started in 1994 and performs a different play if each.  Until last year, this took place at the “Villa Gans”, just off the old main road between Oberursel and Königstein.

This year, for the first time, the plays are being held in the grounds of the “Klinik Hohe Mark”, which is a short walk from the end of the U-Bahn line at the northern end of Oberursel.

The play this year is called “Datterich”, Datterich being the name of one of the leading characters.  Herr Datterich used to be an official in the tax office in Oberursel, but now spends much of his time in the town’s public houses and hiding from those he himself owes money to.

And although the play originates from Darmstadt, it has been adapted to fit in with the geography of Oberursel, and is performed in the local Hessian dialect.

So the town is referred to as “Orschel” and the folk order their drinks in “Budells” and pay with “Dahlers”.

This means that even some native German speakers require either the translation guide contained within the programme, or help from their neighbours.  Visitors from overseas may require a little more help, although with a little bit of imagination it is possible to work out the meanings of many of the words.

The “Budell”, for example, is a bottle.  The Hessian word developed out of the French “Bouteille”.

The 'Datterich' Ensemble giving a preview performance at the Epinayplatz, Oberursel

The 'Datterich' Ensemble giving a preview performance at the Epinayplatz, Oberursel

The production is rounded off by the appearance of the narrator, who musically gives the audience background information on the events as well as warning them to watch out for anyone adding an extra drink to their bill at the bar during the interval!

Datterich only has two more performances left in this year: on Friday and Saturday this week (23rd & 24th July).  But it will be reprised next year when the Hessentag is held in Oberursel, so there will be another chance to see it then.

Tickets are sold in advance at the OK Service-Center in Kumeliusstr. 8, near the Epinay-Platz, or – subject to availability – in the park.

Hüpfburgenstadt – Bouncy Castles galore!

This week an entire collection of bouncy castles are visiting Bad Homburg, and on Saturday we decided to take a look for ourselves.

Merry-Go-Round at the HüpfburgenstadtBut what’s so special about a bouncy castle?  Well, firstly this is not just one bouncy castle – but a whole group of them in different shapes and sizes.  Whilst are the more traditional type seen at fun fairs, others are to climb up using ropes or even with holds similar to those on climbing walls.  One even incorporates a water slide.

Climbing Bouncy Castle at the HüpfburgenstadtThere are also two trampolines, a merry-go-round and a stand serving food and drink at reasonable prices.  There is also a special area set aside for children under 6.

And access to all of this only costs a single entry fee.  Since most of the local festivals usually have rides where you pay per go, this does make it rather special – they even advertise with the slogan “let you child ride on the merry-go-round as often as they want to”.

Titanic Bouncy Castle at the HüpfburgenstadtWe spent a pleasant day there and stayed for over 4 hours!

The Hüpfburgenstadt – literally the “bouncy castle town” – is in Bad Homburg until the coming Sunday (13th June).  Details of other locations can be found on

How to find tickets for sold-out events

Once arrived in Germany, you will probably start to think about what to do in your spare time. A look in the AllThingsGerman Calendar is a good place to start – but also in the local newspapers.

Major cities like Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Stuttgart and Cologne often host concerts from major singers whereas smaller towns are more likely to host comedians or lesser-known groups in their halls.

Of course, there are also sports that take place each week – for example, there are major and minor football teams throughout the country, with Eintracht Frankfurt being my personal choice – but teams such as Bayern München or Borussia Dortmund having an enormous following.

The trouble is, when you first arrive a lot of these events are sold out for the next few months. Indeed, writing in September 2007 and taking a look in the local paper, tickets are currently being sold for events in December or even into 2008.

So what do you do if you hear about an upcoming concert? Where do you get concert tickets for an event that is apparently sold out?

Well, first spare a thought for those people who have bought tickets early, and are now for whatever reason no longer to go the event that they have been looking forward to for so long. The fact is, that they may well have the very theatre tickets that you are looking to buy.

This is where a site called Viagogo comes in. Viagogo matches up event tickets between the people who have them and the people who want them.

The system offers a place to buy tickets for concerts, the theatre and sporting events from other people who are unable to use them.

A look at their website shows the diversity available. There are rock concerts, festivals, country, jazz; tickets for musicals, operas and play; the football tickets cover not just the 1st Bundesliga but – unusually – also the 2nd as well.

Why not look up an event near you and see which tickets are available – go and make some new friends in your new town!

A word about the charges to expect: when you buy a ticket on the site you will be charged a service fee and the cost of the postage. The service fee is to cover costs.

As for security – the sellers have to validate themselves. Viagogo guarantees that you will get the tickets that you have purchased on time and without problems, otherwise they will either replace the tickets or give you your money back.

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