Dear guests and friends of the Oberkirch,,

When we came out of the «Lockdown» at the time a little over a year ago, nobody had imagined that just a few months later another and significantly longer phase of closure of almost seven months would prove necessary.

Finally we are allowed to welcome you again – since this week even without the requirement of a negative test result, a vaccination or a recovery.

Normally we present numerous festivals in Freiburg in our summer edition. In contrast to last year, not all festivals have been cancelled in 2021.

For example, you can look forward to the «Stimmen (voices) Festival», the «Open Air In The Park Bad Krozingen» also found a way to offer you concerts.

But Freiburg and the region have much more to offer than music and festivals – explore our magical region on foot or by bike and enjoy the short distances to all the places of interest in the area that our central location offers you. Our new digital guest information is full of ideas and tips, you’ll certainly find something of interest for you!

In the meantime, a lot has happened in Oberkirch – we have continued digitisation and we are proud to offer you the digital guest information mentioned above. This format not only has the advantage that we have to use significantly less paper, but is also significantly more up-to-date, especially in times when information (not least the currently valid rules for combating the pandemic) is constantly changing.

We shared all the stories about our house with visitors to our website in the «Oberkirch Buzz» series, and we of course continue to do so in this issue.

We wish you a pleasant summer and early autumn and look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel soon.

Your Doris Hunn and all her staff

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Our New Digital Guest Information

During the nearly seven months of closure we have prepared a new digital guest information for you in order to provide you with even more information about our lovely city and our hotel.

Using a digital version first and foremost allows us to offer you more up-to-date information than any paper-based information could do. Of course, it also allows us to offer you even more information than before.

For example, take a look at «transportation», where you can order a taxi, look for your connections using public transport or even ask for your private rickshaw.

Or take a look at the television programme in «entertainment», which not only is up-to-date but even «up-to-minute», so changing programmes won’t come as a surprise anymore.

We put the emphasis of our digital information on tips around our wonderful region. All our staff are «in love with Freiburg» and gave us their personal tips on how to enjoy your stay here the most. Read our «leisure tips» and you will certainly find some new ideas about what to see and experience while you are here.

Or upgrade your stay demanding some «extras». You want a late check-out? A lunch package? Rent a bike? Take some of our delicacies with you? There are many possibilities on offer in order to make your stay even more memorable – and/or take some «Oberkirch-feeling» with you.

Of course, our «daily magazine»published digitally since the last reopening already, is part of our digital guest information, too.

Browse the web version of our digital guest information. Expected end of july we will also provide a tablet in each of our rooms that will feature this information with extended functionality – and which of course will invite you to browse the internet. Last but not least it will be your room telephone.

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…so that we all can feel safe and relaxed

Welcome back, our dearest guest!

Finally, we are allowed to open our restaurant and hotel for you – whether you are a leisure guest or coming for business purposes. In order to be able to do so, we need to follow a few regulations – please find below an overview (Information regarding the rules starting September 16, 2021)

Restaurant:

  • If you have lately visited a restaurant in Germany you know this regulation already – we have to request and keep your contact information. We are more than happy to use the LUCA APP to do so digitally.
  • Before entering our premises for sitting INSIDE our restaurant, we then need a certificate proving one of the following:
    – you are fully vaccacinated (which means the 2nd vaccacination was at least 14 days prior to your visit)
    OR
    – you are recovered from an infection with COVID-19 (proof is a positive PCR or equivalent test about an infection which is at least 28 days and at most 6 months old)
    OR
    – you have been tested negative by an official test centre no longer than 24 hours prior to your visit
    > official test centres in Freiburg
  • Children up to and including five years of age as well as pupils in elementary and secondary schools, pupils at special education and advice centers (SBBZ) and vocational schools are exempt from the compulsory test. Proof is provided here by means of a corresponding identification document such as a child ID card or a student ID card. Children aged six and seven who have not yet started school are also excluded.
  • For sitting on the outdoor terrace of our premises there is no such requirement for now. However, in case of a change of weather, we are NOT allowed to let you finish your dinner INSIDE the restaurant without the above mentioned.
    As long as you are not sitting at a table, wearing a face mask is mandatory

These regulations apply while the so-called base level is in place.

Warning level: The warning level is called when the incidence of hospitalization for five working days in a row a value of 8.0 is reached or exceeded or the occupancy rate of the intensive care beds in Baden-Württemberg reaches or exceeds the value of 250 on two consecutive working days.

Alert level: The alert level is declared when the incidence of hospitalization occurs for five working days in a row reaches or exceeds a value of 12.0 or the occupancy rate of the intensive care beds in Baden-Württemberg reaches or exceeds the value of 390 on two consecutive working days.

In the event of the warning level, there is no possibility of a negative antigen test. In order to be allowed to welcome you in our restaurant as a non-vaccinated and non-recovered, you then need a negative result (maximum: 48 hours old) of a test by a laboratory diagnosis using nucleic acid detection ( PCR, PoC-PCR or other methods of nucleic acid amplification technology)). For the outside area, in case of the warning level the «3G» mentioned above comes into force.

In the event of the alert level, «3G» becomes «2G», so we are only allowed to welcome people who have been vaccinated or recovered, even outside.

The State Health Office publishes information about the entry of the respective stage here.

Hotel:

  • From our hotel guests we have to request the same certifications as from our restaurant guest (see above)
    Please note that in case you come here with a negative test, the test has to be repeated every 3 days during your stay. Please use the
    > official test centres in Freiburg
  • Also during breakfast hours, we have to maintain the regulations regarding distances between persons. Depending on the daily situation, this might have an impact – we will inform you accordingly upon your arrival – as long as you are not sitting at a table you will have to wear a mask.
  • Outside of your room wearing a face mask is obligatory

For our hotel guests, these rules apply to both the basic level and the warning level.

In the event of the alarm level, there is no possibility of a negative antigen test. In order to be allowed to accomodate you in our hotel as a non-vaccinated and non-recovered, you then need a negative result (maximum: 48 hours old) of a test by a laboratory diagnosis using nucleic acid detection ( PCR, PoC-PCR or other methods of nucleic acid amplification technology)).

For our guests travelling from outside Germany:

Entering Germany has been made easier again on May 14, 2021 – instead of different regulations per state we have one legally binding regulation on entering the country. Also, entering the country has been made easier for the vaccacinated and the recovered with special regulations applying.
If you travel to Germany for less than 24 hours, you do not need to register or quarantine any more.
For detailed information, please refer to the
>website of the foreign office

Update for guest travelling from the US: as of June 20, 2021; fully vaccinated residents of the United States are allowed to enter Germany, unless travelling from a virus-variant area from which entry is banned. For details on requirements please visit the >website of US embassies and consulates in Germany

Hygiene concept
In order to do our part to fight the pandemic, we have introduced a thorough hygiene concept. Read more on the measures we take to protect both you and us and still make your stay memorable!
>Oberkirch hygiene concept

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My Reopening – Story

(by Mia Grieser, Executive Housekeeper)

If you had asked someone in the past whether he or she would like to simply do nothing for six months and even get paid for it, you probably would have seen a lot of cheering and jubilation. Just imagine using the whole day only for things that you really want to do. That really sounds romantic.

I admit that the first few weeks were a blessing. Like a well-deserved vacation that I made the most of. Drawing, walking, reading, watching series, turning the apartment upside down and converting it into a home gym – all these things you don’t find time for usually due to the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. But even the best series comes to an end at some point. So what now? Apart from the pandemic happening all over the world and the news getting scarier day by day, the fear for my own existence has become an almost daily companion.

At the beginning of the so-called first wave, there was still a lot to do for me. Don’t even think that you can just close the door and everything is done. Neither can you open up again after months of stagnation and get started right away.

Not only in private life, but also in business, there are things that are difficult to organise due to the lack of time. Of course, the closing period had been the time to tackle exactly those things. Muck out here, tidy up and optimise there. Concepts had to be developed for the safety of our guests and employees. Orientation was given by clear guidelines. So almost everything ran as usual during last summer – according to the new laws and regulations, of course. Sounds pretty good so far.

But just as the virus mutated, so did the regulations of the provinces and the federal government – at least in my perception. The summer then was marked by uncertainties: What’s okay? What’s not okay? Who is allowed to come to us? From where are they allowed to come and for how long? Under which conditions?

Similar were the questions I had to ask myself: may I, can I travel having a clear conscience? I can only speak for myself, but I think that many people have dealt with such thoughts. Sometimes the time passed in slow motion, the world seemed to have fallen asleep.

The deeper red the incidence maps turned, the clearer it became to us that no presents would be packed for guests at Christmas this year. Then, at the beginning of November, the second lockdown. This one hit me harder personally. It was cold, wet, dark and turned quite lonely then. If you normally can talk to your colleagues all day long and see the joy about a nice room or good food in the faces of our guests, it is pretty hard to forego 90% of your contacts for half a year.

The beginning of 2021 was the beginning of a year, during which one did not already think about going to the quarry pond in March. The weather left a lot to be desired. The news that there is a chance of opening up the restaurant and hotel business by Pentecost seemed surreal. Joy and apprehension at the same time. Can I still do that? Are we going to have guests at all? Will we have to close again?

Then a start with many stumbling blocks, a lot had changed. Nobody knew for sure whether we would be overrun by guests or whether they would not even think of travelling out of uncertainty. Until now, a lot of people are still unsure, understandably admittedly. But the fact to get back into the company of people and at least put a smile on the face of those who decide to enjoy the little things in life again, that feels damn good.

It will probably still take some time for the situation to normalise again or for everyone to get used to a new definition of “normal”. In a few years’ time, we may think back to this time and – as macabre as it sounds – appreciate the benefits of the pandemic. One must not forget how many problems have now been brought into the spotlight that need to be changed. So I can say for myself that it wasn’t all in vain, you have to learn from it and rather see the chance for a better future.

But first and foremost, I am now looking forward to being able to put a smile on the lips of as many guests as possible.

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Our Trainee Antonia Daniels Speaks

Seven months of compulsory break were not only a challenge for the permanent employees in the hotel – our boss and the employees responsible for training also came up with a lot of ideas to look after the trainees during this time. We ask one of our trainees how it was – and how it felt to be able to start again.

Hey Antonia, how did you experience the almost seven months of closure?

While it was quite a long time in general, time passed somehow, because we had tasks to do in the hotel (be it cleaning, reception service or just doing written tasks on site) unlike during the first lockdown. In between we had school from the so-called «B» and «C» block and exams from the B block, so we were occupied during the seven months – sometimes less, sometimes more.

What did you miss the most during that time?
Everyday life and our guests. Only when you don’t work for a longer period of time you really begin to realise how much of your everyday life is filled by your job. Obviously, it’s nice to have some free time, but living a longer period of time without having appointments or time-sensitive tasks isn’t so much fun any more as days start to just pass without using them productively (at least that’s what happened to me)

What’s your opinion on how our trainees were taken care of in the Oberkirch during the «lockdown»?

I definitely thought it was really cool that we had something to do at all. In conversation with schoolmates I learned that while there were few who actually continued to work normally, many hadn’t done anything for the last six months. While we also spent only 3 days a week at work, additionally we were given tasks for homework. In any case we actively took care that the trainees didn’t just hang around at home and got bored. Internships were even organised for us, which I don’t think can be taken for granted. In general, I don’t imagine it to be that easy when you have to keep a group of trainees busy for several months and always have to make sure that you find tasks. From that point of view, I think that the Oberkirch has successfully managed to use the lockdown time sensibly for itself and for the trainees!

How did you feel on reopening-day?

While I was present that day I did not really realise the reopening as I was cleaning the rooms. After this, our boss granted me a surprise vacation for a week.

How did you feel to meet guests for the first time after so many months?

As I was in the housekeeping department, I did not meet really a lot of guests. The only contact I had, was after finishing my first working day. I just finished changing my clothes when a guest had difficulties with her door as she did not manage to lock the door from the outside. So I helped her, and she was very happy about it. This made me realise, how much I had missed our guests – it felt great to be able to provide our services one again.

Regarding the months ahead, what are you looking forward to the most?
I am looking forward the most to the routine when it starts again that everything is running reasonably normally. To the fact, that there are more than 5 people in the hotel (both guests and employees). To be able to provide great service again.

What would you recommend to someone on vacation in Freiburg? What should he or she see and experience by any means?

Must See: The inner city of Freiburg, especially all the small alleys (e.g. the «Konviktstrasse»). The cathedral inside and the cathedral’s place. The «Seepark» and the Schlossberg.
Must Experience: the wine festival

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Baked potato and carrot sticks
with onion salsa, melted tomato and avocado wedges

For 4 persons you need

  • 600g potatoes
  • (predominantly waxy)
  • 400g carrots
  • 4 tomatoes (type Roma)
  • 2 avocados
  • 4 onions
  • approx. 2 cloves of garlic
  • chili according to your taste
  • 2 tsp starch flour
  • 2 tbsp jam sugar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 100-200ml currant juice
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • port wine for deglazing
  • juice of one squeezed lemon
  • salt, pepper
  • fresh thyme or fresh rosemary

How to prepare:

  • 1.) Melted Tomatoes:
  • Cut the tomatoes crosswise
  • Put in boiling water for 30 seconds
  • Quench in ice water
  • Peel, quarter and core the tomatoes and place them on a baking sheet rubbed with garlic
  • Drizzle with olive oil
  • Season with salt, pepper, thyme or rosemary
  • Braise in the oven for about 25 minutes at 180 centigrades

  • 2.) Potato and carrot sticks:
  • Cut or grate potatoes and carrots into sticks
  • Mix the sticks together, wrap them in a cloth and squeeze out the moisture
  • Season to taste and add starch flour
  • Bake the sticks on a greased baking sheet at 180 degrees for about 13 minutes

  • 3. ) Onion salsa:
  • Cut the onions into pieces
  • Caramelize the sugar in a saucepan
  • Add the onions
  • Deglaze with a dash of port wine
  • Add the jam sugar
  • Salt and simmer until the onions are cooked through
  • Add fresh chilli to your taste

  • 4. ) Avocadoes:
  • Shape the avocadoes into the desired shape
  • Refine according to your taste with salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon juice

Our kitchen crew wishes you a lot of fun cooking – and bon appétit!

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Events In Our Region

English Theatre, Music etc.Exhibitions

Theatre performances are only presented if they are in English. For performances in German please refer to our German calendar.

English Theatre, Music etc. Exhibitions

Exhibitions

The calendar shows the first day of the exhibition from today’s perspective – in the details you will find all other days on which you can visit the exhibition.

17oct10:00Ping-PongMuseum für Neue Kunst FreiburgEvents Of Cultural Interest:Exhibitions

17oct10:00Animal poisonous!Museum Natur und Mensch FreiburgEvents Of Cultural Interest:Exhibitions

19oct10:00Animal poisonous!Museum Natur und Mensch FreiburgEvents Of Cultural Interest:Exhibitions

21oct10:00Ping-PongMuseum für Neue Kunst FreiburgEvents Of Cultural Interest:Exhibitions

30oct10:00Johann Baptist Kirner. The eye of an illustratorAugustinermuseum Freiburg - Haus der Graphischen SammlungEvents Of Cultural Interest:Exhibitions