Tim Spring presents the new book in Selbold

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Tim Frühling’s reading at Selbolder Castle was sold out. Seats remained empty only due to the Corona regulation. © Ulrike Pongratz

The applause for author and meteorologist Tim Frühling was long-lasting and thunderous and reflected the constant good humor and enthusiasm that was felt between the audience and the author on Saturday evening (23 April) in the stucco room of the castle of Selbolder.

Langenselbold – Faced with a sold out room, still occupied due to the pandemic, Tim Frühling recounted entertaining anecdotes and in-depth background stories about 16 selected locations between Main and Kinzig. The presenter, known on radio and television, took his audience in a casual, conversational tone on a journey to “real insider tips” largely unknown in the vicinity. Spring sought out less familiar stories about familiar places like the Marienkirche in Gelnhausen, the Ronneburg or the Brothers Grimm Monument in Hanau. With touching, funny or unusual stories about special places, the author has often amazed his listeners or made them smile.

It’s been two hours, especially since Tim Frühling was signing the books during the break. Drinks and a small snack – green sauce and Spundekäse in ecological screw-top jars from the Krone inn in Hüttengesäß ensured the physical well-being. Thanks to the Büchermeer bookshop and to Bärbel Tárai for organizing the event.

In search of exciting places along the Kinzig

“111 Places on the Main and Kinzig you must have seen” is the third book in the “111 Places” travel guide series that Frühling wrote for Emons Verlag. After Central and Eastern Hesse, the author – again with his mother Christiane as a photographer – went in search of particularly attractive, noteworthy or informative events or places in the district of Main-Kinzig. It gave him great pleasure to look for exciting places along the Kinzig, even if he underestimated the length of the circle a little.

Moderator and author Tim Frühling collected special stories about 111 places in the district.
Moderator and author Tim Frühling collected special stories about 111 places in the district. © Ulrike Pongratz

“I thought I’d take it easy, the Main-Kinzig district starts just behind Frankfurt. But the drive to Sinntal is a long one, “admitted Tim Frühling. During the pandemic, not only a book to read was created, but also an invitation to visit the sights. The attractions are sorted alphabetically. In addition to a funny description. , address and connection to public transport are provided.A clear map with all 111 points facilitates planning of the excursion destination.

Garnished with humorous interpretations

He has the impression that the Main-Kinzig district and the Hessian Spessart “fly under the radar” as a local recreation area and with his leadership he wants to encourage people to discover something new. “Gelnhausen is a real gem,” said Spring. You had your own humorous interpretation of the “Gelnhäuser Little Man” on the facade of the church of Santa Maria: could it not be the “first pictorial representation of a sprinter”?

Biebergemünd and Nidderau-Winecken had touching stories to tell. What the quiet little Wilm-Hosenfeld-Platz in Biebergemünd-Kassel has to do with great Hollywood cinema, spring was worth a story as much as the “sugar house”. This was invented by Heinrich Kurz from Judengasse in Windecken. However, it was only his grandson who applied for a patent for his grandfather’s idea and produced the original Helly sugar bowl in Hanau, under the trade name “The Sweet Heinrich”.

“Main Soap Manufactory”

A small plaque on Römerstraße now indicates Genevers’ inventor, Franciscus Sylvius, born in Hanau in 1615. Spring briefly summed up how the drink was marketed as gin around the world and where it can be purchased in Hanau. He too was surprised by what hides behind an inconspicuous hall in the Hanau industrial park: “Scapers Lounge” is the name of the unique underwater art exhibition. His favorite stories about him include Wachenbuchen’s “Maintaler Seifenmanufaktur” by Angelika Bauernfeind, who makes soap with enthusiasm and dedication, and Jossgrund-Oberdorf’s “Der Brunnen”. Meanwhile, the hype surrounding “the gem” has subsided, so you can visit it without hesitation. The game of water – according to the official interpretation, the Kinzig flows between Spessart and Vogelsberg – was widely reported and the town became known nationally.

By Ulrike Pongratz

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