A new bench at the market square for 50 years of the local history society

A new bench was inaugurated in front of the Vortaunusmuseum yesterday by Marion Unger, chairwoman of the Oberursel Local History Society (Verein für Geschichte und Heimatkunde) and Mayor Hans-Georg Brum.

They were accompanied by Renate Messer from the museum and format chairman Dr. Karl-F. Rittershofer.

The society is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and decided to donate the bench at the market square.  The plaque was donated by local metal specialist Dirk Velte.

An exhibition about the society’s work is on display at the town hall until Saturday, 3rd November, 2012.

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25 Years of making Local History accessible

“History is not as boring as some people think… or as some teachers make it” – this is how the chairman of Oberursel’s town parliament Dr. Christoph Müllerleile commented on the 25th anniversary of the Vortaunusmuseum on Saturday afternoon.

The museum, which was first opened in June 1987, had invited local dignitaries and friends of the museum to celebrate the anniversary in the Seifenkisten (soap box) area, with several making congratulatory speeches.

Renate Messer, who runs the museum, opened the proceedings before handing over to Landrat (District Administrator) Ulrich Krebs.  He highlighted the unique local history that the area offers, such as the Oppidum Heidetränk celtic settlement and the Bommersheimer Burg – a castle that sadly no longer exists.

Oberursel’s Mayor Hans-Georg Brum highlighted the interest in such local museums, and in the feeling of “Heimat” in particular, in a World where everything seems to be closer together and long-established cultures and traditions begin to merge with each other. [Read more…]

Vortaunusmuseum 25th Birthday Party

The Vortaunusmuseum at the Marktplatz in OberurselThe Vortaunusmusem is celebrating its 25th Birthday on Saturday, 1st September 2012 between 4pm and 10pm.

The museum, which contains examples of the mills that used to operate in Oberursel as well as some of the Celtic finds from the area, was opened in 1987.  It now contains the Tourist Information Centre and also a special exhibition about the Seifenkistenrennen (soap box races).

At the birthday party there will be things for both children and adults to do, as well as tours of the exhibits and a look behind the scenes of the museum itself.

The museum is located at the top end of the Marktplatz.


Jazz meets mills – Jazz meets Mühle

Jazz meets Mühle - 2012 flyer“Jazz meets Mühle” is an event being held in Oberursel on Sunday, 19th August, 2012 along the Mühlenwanderweg.

At four places along the route there will be jazz bands playing, with refreshments available and a chance to see the historical buildings from a new perspective.

Although the event itself will be taking place between 10am and 5pm, the bands are playing at different times along the route, allowing visitors to experience each one in turn.

The four locations are:


Now known as “Haus der Naturfreunde”, or Altkönigstraße nr. 53, a trio known as “Coeur du Bois” will be playing gipsy-style jazz at 11am with the “Verein der Naturfreunde” providing the refreshments.  A water-wheel still works here, but is not the original wheel and is only for demonstration purposes.


This building is now better known as the home of the “Adam Koch” plumbing company at Altkönigstraße nr. 43, however Adam Koch himself used to be mill builder.  The modern jazz music will be played by the “Georg Boeßner Trio” at 12pm and the cycling club (Radfahrverein) from Bommersheim will be providing the freshments.


The building, An der Herrenmühle 7-9, is one that many people have walked passed without knowing much about its history, as it is next to the Bleiche car park.  A large water wheel is still visible from the Hollerberg path.  The classical jazz, blues and swing music will be played by the Trevor Richards Trio at 1pm, with refreshments from Pizzeria Pepperoni.


The museum is located at the top end of the market square and contains examples of millstones and other interesting pieces of technology from the mills’ hayday.  The Powerhouse-Swingtett will be playing swing, as the name suggests, from 2pm onwards, with refreshments being arranged by the museum.

If the combination of history, music, culture and gastronomy prove to be a success, then further such events may be planned in future.

Take a tour of Oberursel’s old town

The Bleiche in Oberursels old townA tour of the old town (Altstadt) part of Oberursel is being offered on Saturday, 7th July, 2012 at 2pm.

The tour starts in front of the Vortaunusmuseum at the Marktplatz at 2pm and costs €3 per person.

Vortaunusmuseum and Altes Rathaus (by night)

The Vortaunusmuseum and Altes Rathaus (old town hall) during a full moon

The Vortaunusmuseum (left) and Altes Rathaus (old town hall, right) in Oberursel at night.

The photo was taken at night during a full moon.

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