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  • Marktplatz, Oberursel
    Marktplatz, Oberursel
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    New Town

    by antistar Written Oct 25, 2011

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    Epinayplatz, Oberursel

    Outside of the old town and the old old town is the new town. It's not particularly beautiful or interesting, but it's quite pleasant and has some decent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. The streets between the old town and the Stadtmitte U-bahn station, and those centred around Epinayplatz, are the best and busiest.

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    St. Ursula

    by antistar Written Oct 25, 2011

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    St. Ursula from the Marktplatz, Oberursel

    As it was built in Oberursel's old old town, you can guess the church of St. Ursula is pretty damned old. In fact there's evidence that it is at least a thousand years old. The current model, at least its general shape, is a bit more modern, dating from the 15th century. Like much of the rest of the town it was burned down by Napoleon but rebuilt exactly as before.

    The church sits high atop a crest of a hill, above a relatively flat old town. It stands out proud above the skyline and is a clear icon of the city. Framed against a green band of Taunus mountains, or poking above or between the red roofs of the old town, it makes for some beautiful views.

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    Rathaus (Town Hall)

    by antistar Written Oct 25, 2011

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    Town Hall, Oberursel

    You see this is the town hall that once formed part of the medieval city walls. This is like a gateway to the real old town. And that part of Oberursel is really small. I mean the town is only about 40 thousand people, the old town makes up a tiny part of that, and then you have this old old town that is even smaller. I think there's about five families living behind this Town Hall gate.

    These old walls that the Town Hall was built on were old. I mean the Town Hall was built in 1444, so the walls were even older than that. Since then it has been burned down by Napoleon, rebuilt, decorated with a sun-dial and been used as the occasional prison cell. Sometimes it was used as a seat of government too.

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    The Old Town

    by antistar Written Oct 25, 2011

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    Marktplatz, Oberursel
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    It's small, but it's beautiful, and easily Oberursel's most outstanding feature. The cobbled streets drifting up to the church of St. Ursula is definitely a highlight of any visit here. The Marktplatz is at the heart of the old town, but from what I can make out, based on the fact that one of the buildings overlooking the market place once formed a part of the old city walls, is that the Marktplatz and everything east of it in the old town is actually relatively new. The old town to the West, around St. Ursula, and on the slight rise of a hill, are actually the true buildings of the old town.

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    House of Abraham Feinberg

    by gubbi1 Written Dec 29, 2010

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    House of Abraham Feinberg, Oberursel, DE

    The half-timbered house with grey colored wood was the house of Abraham Feinberg. He was the head of the jewish community of Oberursel until its deportation and murder. Abraham Feinberg lived from 1863 to 1942 when he died as a result of an assault.
    A plate on the house commemorates Abraham Feinberg and the jewish citizens.

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    Old city hall

    by gubbi1 Written Dec 29, 2010

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    Old city hall, Oberursel, DE
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    The old city hall was built in 1479 on the remnants of old gothic city gates. It was thought as a representative building above the old city market. As much of the city also the city hall burned down twice and was rebuilt in its todays form in 1659 to 1663 with an arrest cell in it foundation having place for 20 people.

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    Church St. Ursula

    by gubbi1 Written Dec 29, 2010

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    St. Ursula, Oberursel, DE
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    Since about a thousand years religious buildings have stood here. In the 15th century the church St. Ursula was built, starting with a tower which was used as guard and bell tower. The church was meant as a representative building showing the status of the city. Originally a smaller church from the 12th century stood here, which should have been teared down, but due to the increase of costs it was included into St. Ursula. Have a look at the link included below. If you follow it, you will find the foundation plan of the church beside a longer explanation about the church (German). Notice the unregular shape of the foundation, remnant of the smaller church included into the new St. Ursula.

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    Half-timbered houses in Old Town

    by gubbi1 Written Dec 28, 2010

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    Old town, Oberursel, DE
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    There are several beautiful half timbered houses in the old town of Oberursel. Because of a fire in the 17th century and the Thirty Years War almost the whole town was destroyed and then rebuilt. From that time many halftimbered houses now form the old part of town.

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    Artwork in town

    by gubbi1 Written Dec 29, 2010

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    Artwork in old town, Oberursel, DE
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    In the old town you will see artwork in several places. Have a look at the half-timbered houses aswell as for example in the arch of the old city hall.

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    Hospitalkirche

    by gubbi1 Updated Dec 29, 2010

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    Hospitalkirche in old town, Oberursel, DE
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    The Hospitalkirche is dedicated to St. Barbara and was built between 1720 and 1728 by local craftsmen. St. Barbara is the patron of the church, supported by St. Rochus who is patron of the hospitals.

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