The Gateway to the Taunus
Oberursel (Taunus) is situated directly on the edge of Bad Homburg v.d.Höhe. It is an attractive and scenic town on the slopes of the Taunus. Thanks to its location and excellent infrastructure, the city is an important business and residential location in the Rhine-Main region. Oberursel (Taunus) is a young, vital city: currently around 47,000 people live in the second largest city in the Hochtaunus district with its four districts.
The city's good transport connections are a particular plus point. Oberursel can be reached via the A 661 and A 5 motorway junctions. U-Bahn, S-Bahn and Taunusbahn trains connect Oberursel with Frankfurt Central Station, the Rhine-Main Airport and the exhibition grounds in a short journey.
Oberursel is the most important school location in the Hochtaunus district. The Frankfurt International School is an international location factor for the Rhine-Main region. In addition to general schools and Waldorf schools, vocational schools and the Lutheran Theological University are located in Oberursel. In addition, some companies and institutions run important training and further education centres (SEB Bildungszentrum, Reformhaus Fachakademie, Institut für Bienenkunde). There is a wide range of public and private childcare facilities at crèches, nurseries, kindergartens and day-care centres.
Oberursel's townscape is characterised by the historic old town, which has been renovated since the 1970s. The attractive and historical ambience attracts visitors. The Historische Stadtrundweg takes visitors along the picturesque corners and buildings of the historic Old Town. Cafés with outdoor gastronomy invite you to linger. The Oberursel hotels and restaurants offer service and enjoyment for every taste. Oberursel is always worth a visit.
The source of life and eponym of the town was Urselbach, which today is usually a graceful babbling stream. The word stem of the town and brook name "ursella" refers to more than 2000 years of settlement history.
In the Middle Ages it was the weavers, cloth makers and cloth traders who led Oberursel to cultural and economic prosperity. The numerous mills along the Urselbach river brought the town prosperity during industrialisation.
Today it is the privileged location on the Taunus, the favourable transport connections of the Rhine-Main region and the entrepreneurial spirit of the population that make Oberursel prosperous. The Urselbach river gives us all its recreational value.
In wide areas Oberursel is surrounded by fields and meadows, and the forests of the Hochtaunus extend to the northern settlement areas. The event and club life is varied and lively. The fountain festival, where people meet in the cosy courtyards around the market square, and the Kerb set festive accents. The big Taunus carnival procession on Carnival Sunday is always a popular sight.
It is worth living in Oberursel and learning to love this city as a home.
Historical Old Town
The starting and ending point of a circular route through the old town is in the "modern area" of the town, near today's town hall, Korfstraße.
The "Historische Stadtrundweg" leads you past the Old Hospital and the Hospital Church through Strackgasse to the Vortaunus Museum and the City Archives.
Through the arch of the "Historical Town Hall" you go through the St. Ursula Gasse up to the St. Ursula Church. You will pass the remains of the city wall and decorate half-timbered houses. From the tower of the St. Ursula church you enjoy a wonderful view over the city and the surrounding area.
Over the Hexentreppchen you go down to the Hollerberg and from there to the Herrenmühle, one of the most important mills in Oberursel. Passing the Bleiche (Bleach), through the Obere Hainstraße and the Wiederholtstraße you will be led to the historical market place.
Passing the municipal library, you will walk through Eppsteiner Straße, Ackergasse, Schlenkergasse and Weidengasse back to Strackgasse.
Guided tour of the old town
The "Tourism" section of the Oberursel city administration offers a public city tour once a month.The dates are published in the press and in our online calendar of events.
Book a guided city tour
If you are interested, you can also book a guided city tour.
For more information please visit our page Book a guided tour of the city
In addition to our historic old town, visit the city centre of Oberursel - a "city of short distances".
A shopping stroll in the pedestrian zone "Vorstadt" and the adjacent shopping streets will simply be fun for you. Here you will find a multitude of charming shops and boutiques as well as shops for daily local supplies, some of which are still run by their owners and invite you to enjoy a pleasant shopping experience.
Twice a week - on Wednesdays & Saturdays - additional traders from Oberursel (and surroundings) offer their fresh goods at the already "traditional weekly market".
Service and quality also await you in the many restaurants, cafés, bistros and pubs, which always "welcome" you to an evening visit in Oberursel.
The city centre of Oberursel is very well accessible.
Oberursel - the city
The city and its individual districts have a varied history.
Oberursel has around 47,000 inhabitants.
The town was first mentioned as a settlement "Ursella" in a deed of donation to the monastery of Lorsch in 791 AD. The word stem of the place name indicates a two to three thousand year old age of the settlement.
In 1919 Oberursel had 7,999 inhabitants.
In 1929 the municipality of Bommersheim was incorporated. During the Second World War, the town was largely spared air raids. In 1972 the municipalities of Oberstedten, Stierstadt and Weißkirchen were incorporated. As a result, the population increased from around 25,000 to around 37,000.
Industry, trade, crafts and commerce developed rapidly after 1945. Banks and insurance companies settled down. Schools were built, settlement areas developed, new traffic routes created. Various leisure facilities were created, large parts of the city forest were declared a local recreation area and thus enjoy special protection. A modern indoor swimming pool can be added to the scenic outdoor swimming pool. Old people's homes and meeting places for young people were built.