Oberursel Things to Do Tips by antistar
Oberursel Things to Do: 10 reviews and 24 photos
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.
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.
Directions: Walk west from the Marktplatz.
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.
Directions: Just off the Marktplatz. Yes I did visit more of Oberursel than the Marktplatz, it's just that it rained a lot both times I visited :).
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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