Town guides thanked for 10 years of tours

10 years ago a group of Oberursel’s residents met in the “Zum Schwanen” pub in the old town to begin their training as town guides.  Knows as the “Stadtführer”, they not only take groups around the town centre, but other parts as well such as the Hohe Mark clinic and Camp King.  They also offer walks along the Mühlenwanderweg and themed tours about the war memorials and jewish life in the town.

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, a group of the guides returned to the spot where it all began where they were met by Mayor Hans-Georg Brum and town treasurer Thorsten Schorr.

The Mayor even accompanies two tours himself each year for new residents, and thanked the guides for their work.  He pointed out that in modern society, where everyone is expected to be more mobile, there was a need for people to be able to identify with their home town and to learn more about it.

Town guides at their 10th anniversary

Town guides at their 10th anniversary.  From left to right these are: Thorsten Schorr (Town Treasurer), Manfred Kopp, Dietrich Andernacht, Sylvia Struck, Angelika Rieber, Maren Horn, Heike Mehler (Town Marketing), Hans-Georg Brum (Mayor) and Hermann Schmidt

However before they celebrated, a group of six of the guides had taken a group of around 45 people aged between 11 and 75 on a unique tour entitled “War and Peace in Oberursel”, starting with the 30 years war at the St.Ursula church, before passing the Feinberg family’s house at the Markplatz.  After that they went to the Homm roundabout to talk about the Guillaume affair, the Epinay-Platz for a talk on industrial patents in wartime, and to the Adenauerallee to hear about the memorials there – and even one that is no longer there.   The tour ended at the newly restored Ehrenmal.

Tours are available on request in English and French, but the next regular tour in German takes place on Saturday, 2nd August, 2014 at 2pm.  To take part be at the Vortaunusmuseum at the market square at 2pm.  The tour costs €3 per person.


About Graham Tappenden

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Oberursel in 1993 and returned with his family to live there in 2003. He has been writing for since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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