Violence in the Taunus area

Oberursel's town hallSeveral weeks ago a visitor to the town hall (Rathaus) in Oberursel attacked the people working there with a knife.  Only a day later I read that it was believed an attack  might take place at a grammar school in Frankfurt.

It’s not that these things don’t happen in Germany, but these two were too close for comfort – I even had a meeting the very next day at the town hall to attend!

It made me wonder if this sort of violence was on the increase.  Were these one-off attacks or threats?  I often read the local news and even the police press releases and can’t remember anything on quite this scale for a long time.

And yes, it worries me. [Read more…]

Eppstein Castle at the Hessentag

One attraction during the Hessentag in Oberursel has been the model of the Eppsteiner Burg in the Adenauer Allee.

The model was made out of 80 tonnes of sand and took the sculptor and his assistants 400 hours to make.

Eppsteiner Burg in Sand during the Hessentag in Oberursel

Eppsteiner Burg in the Adenauerallee

Funding for the project came from the association Eppstein Touristik Service e.V., who wanted to promote the town artistically.


A visit to Burg Eppstein

For Easter I took my daughter to visit Burg Eppstein – a castle that started life in the 10th Century and who has changed hands many times over the centuries. At the beginning of the 20th Century much of the castle was restored and in 1929 it was handed over to the town of Eppstein.

The town is situated to one side of the B455 road and the castle ruins can be seen from the road itself. It is easiest reaching using the A3 exit Wiesbaden-Niedernhausen. There is plentiful parking on the outskirts of the old town, at the side of the main road.


The castle is open daily except on Mondays, but it is worth visiting when the museum is opened as it contains a number of interesting exhibits. There is even a themed book corner to keep children occupied. The museum is only open in the winter on Sundays and Bank Holidays, in the summer additionally on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. For current information visit the town website.

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Größere Kartenansicht

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