OPEN EVENT: CITY WALK – ENGLISH LANGUAGE TOUR OF STUTTGART MITTE

For current, new and prospective members!
Tuesday, July 5th at 10:00
Meeting place: in front of Stuttgart Tourist offices (i-Punkt) across from the Hauptbahnhof
Host: Emily Born
Cost: FREE

 

Please join us for a fun and FREE tour of the Stuttgart city center (in English) with our good friend from Stuttgart Marketing, Petra Rentschler.

For those of you who have done Petra’s tours in the past, you know that each time she shares new places and hilarious stories with us. So even if you’ve been on her tour before, don’t hesitate to come again! This tour is wheelchair and stroller friendly.

New, current, and prospective members are all welcome to attend – this event will take the place of our monthly Welcome Coffee.

We will meet at Königsstrasse 1 at the i-Punkt meeting place outside of the Stuttgart Marketing office (opposite the Hauptbahnhof) at 10:00 and begin our tour promptly at 10:15 . If you get lost or are late, call Emily’s mobile phone at (0151) 2408 4485.

Please RSVP no later than Monday, July 4th public Facebook event or send an email if you aren’t on Facebook to info (at) iwcstuttgart.org 💌

MEMBERS ONLY: TOUR OF BEBENHAUSEN MONASTERY AND PALACE (+1 Event)

Sunday, June 5th at 14:00
Location: Im Schloß, 72074 Tübingen
Nearest station: Tübingen + bus
For members +1 guest
Host: Alex Elwin
Prepayment deadline: Friday, June 3rd

Completely befitting a state holiday with its roots in Catholicism, Alex has arranged a wonderful tour of the monastery at Bebenhausen for us on Pfingstsonntag (Pentacostal Sunday), the 5th of June.

This English-language tour will last 90 minutes and includes a tour of the Bebenhausen Palace, which is also on the grounds of the complex.

The monastery was established in the late 12th century and its fortunes grew rapidly until it became one of the richest monasteries in southern Germany. It also became a residence of the House of Württemberg as a hunting retreat and Württemberg’s first king (Frederick I) turned the south-eastern portion of the complex into a palace. After World War I, and the dissolution of the Kingdom of Württemberg, Bebenhausen Palace became the permanent residence of Württemberg’s last King and Queen, Wilhelm II and Charlotte.

We will meet at 14:00 in front of the main entrance to the monastery and the tour will start promptly at 14:15. A walk in the nearby forest to see (penned up) wild boar is possible beforehand and Alex is looking into coffee and cake in the village afterwards – let her know if you would be interested in either of these options.

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE LOCATION

Medical masks are still required in the palace, but optional in the monastery. Alex can give advice about where to park.

Neither strollers nor wheelchairs are allowed inside of the palace and the monastery has two steps and a couple of rooms that are not barrier free. A maximum of 20 people can attend, so see below to RSVP as soon as possible.

THIS IS A +1 EVENT, WHICH MEANS:

  • Any IWCS member is welcome to attend and bring along one guest
  • Your +1 can be a spouse, partner, friend or child
  • You and your guest each pay the member cost listed below

The cost of this event is €10 per person, paid in advance. The remainder of the tour costs will be sponsored by the IWCS and this is a Round Up For Charity event. All proceeds will benefit Frauen helfen Frauen.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the private Facebook event. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the  €10 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than Friday, June 3rd. If you have any extenuating circumstances that keep you from getting the funds to us by that date, please speak directly with the host so we don’t assume you are no longer interested.

Prepayments are non-refundable after the payment deadline. Members who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

FOR MEMBERS ONLY: EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL TASTING (CHARITY FUNDRAISER)

Monday, May 23rd at 11:00
Location: Adriana’s home in Stuttgart-Degerloch
Nearest station: Waldau (U7 or U8)
Prepayment deadline: Friday, May 20th

Yes, you read that correctly – member Adriana Tilve is hosting an extra virgin olive oil tasting! She did this fun event with her women’s club in Italy and suggested that we do it for our group too.

ABOUT THIS EVENT

Our tasting guide will be Rachele Rutili, who has a degree in business and economics and is one of the few professionals enrolled in the National Register of Italian Sommelier of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (n. 163). Rachele comes from Umbria, an Italian region historically famous for the production of an excellent extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). She has been working in the EVOO sector for many years, learning the art of olive tree cultivation and the production of olive oil at first from her father and grandfather and then through specialized courses lead by the main Italian experts of the olive oil industry.

Rachele will be introducing our members to the EVOO culture in the Mediterranean basin and teaching us how to taste and identify the quality for different purposes in the kitchen (and help us decide what to buy at the supermarket in Germany!)

Adriana and Rachele will be supplying everything for the tasting along with drinks and snacks for palate cleansing. This event is for members only and the suggested donation is  €10 per person.

This event is a charity fundraiser and 100% of your prepayment of  €10 will be added to our Frauenhaus collection for 2022. Please write “Spende EVOO” in the notes section of your bank transfer if you plan to deduct the donation on your German taxes. 

ONLY 20 SPOTS AVAILABLE – RSVP NOW!

To reserve your spot, please respond in the private Facebook event (or use the form below if you aren’t on Facebook). To confirm your reservation, please transfer the €10 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than Friday, May 20th (see the comment above about what to write in the notes section). If you have any extenuating circumstances that keep you from getting the funds to us by that date, please speak directly with the host so we don’t assume you are no longer interested.

Prepayments are non-refundable after the payment deadline. Members who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

 

MEMBERS ONLY: Tour of the Stuttgart Synagogue (+1 Event)

Wednesday, May 18th at 16:30
Meeting Place/Location: Stuttgart Synagogue, Hospitalstraße 36, 70174 Stuttgart -Mitte
Nearest station: Stadtmitte/Rotebühplatz
This event is for members +1 guest

Bring a friend along for an informative afternoon at the Jewish synagogue in Stuttgart! Katja Zajac has arranged for an English-language tour of this historic building with the Israeli Religious Community of Württemberg. In addition to learning about the synagogue and its history, our guide will teach us about the Jewish religion, customs, and holidays.

Our 90-minute tour will start promptly at 16:30, so please arrive a few minutes earlier.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS TOUR

We will need a minimum of 8 people for this tour to take place. Children who are old enough to be interested and act respectfully in this place of worship are welcome to join you as your guest.

For security reasons, we have been asked to submit a list of names and dates of birth for all participants seven days in advance. In addition, please refrain from bringing large luggage such as large backpacks, trolley cases or similar.

After the tour we will go to dinner at Yafa, an Israeli restaurant in the Bohnenviertal (optional).

CORONAVIRUS SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

As of the date of this post, there are no entry or masking requirements for this event.

These requirements can change at any time, so please watch for updated information in the Facebook event.

THIS IS A +1 EVENT, WHICH MEANS:

      • Any IWCS member is welcome to attend and bring along a guest
      • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, child, or friend
      • You and your guest each pay the member cost listed below.

The cost of this event is €5 per person, paid in advance. The remainder of the tour costs will be sponsored by the IWCS and this is a Round Up For Charity event. All proceeds will benefit Frauen helfen Frauen.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the pending Facebook event. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the  €5 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than Wednesday, May 11th. If you have any extenuating circumstances that keep you from getting the funds to us by that date, please speak directly with the host so we don’t assume you are no longer interested.

Prepayments are non-refundable after the payment deadline. Members who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

MEMBERS ONLY: WEITBLICKWEG WALK & WINE TASTING (+1 EVENT)

WHERE & WHEN

Saturday, May 7th (see details in description)
Location: The vineyards of Hohenhaslach, Kreis Ludwigsburg
Your Host: Alison Tyler
This event for for members only +1 guest

EVENT DETAILS

The “WEITBLICKWEG” is a special walking trail  in the middle of the vineyards above Hohenhaslach (approx. 30 km north of Stuttgart). The sculptures from Tübingen artist Martin Burchard stimulate all the senses against the gorgeous backdrop of the surrounding Stromberg-Heuchelberg nature park. It is a meditative walk that invites us to slow down and think about the central questions of life.

Getting to the trail via public transportation will be part of the fun (because wine tasting!). See all the details further down in this blog post. Those who would prefer to drive to the starting point of the trail can meet the group at a car park along the way.

Alison will lead the group along the Weitblickweg trail for approximately four kilometers, experiencing four of the art stations along the way. The reward for all of that walking will be the panoramic view from the vineyards of Familie Weiberle and a wine tasting that includes five wines, finger food, mineral water, and Traubensaft.

THIS IS A +1 EVENT, WHICH MEANS:

    • Any IWCS member plus one guest are welcome to attend.
    • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, adult child, or friend (18+)
    • You and your guest each pay the member cost listed below.

The cost of the walk & wine tasting is €15 per person, paid in advance. The remainder of the costs will be sponsored by the IWCS and this is a Round Up For Charity event (a donation is included in your prepayment). All proceeds will benefit the Frauenhaus of Stuttgart.

There are 20 spaces available. To reserve your spot, please RSVP in the pending Facebook event, or use the form below if you are not on Facebook. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the  €15 per person to the IWCS bank account to arrive no later than April 30th . If you have any extenuating circumstances that keep you from getting the funds to us by that date, please speak directly with the host so we don’t assume you are no longer interested.

Prepayments are non-refundable after the payment deadline. Members who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The four kilometer trail is mostly paved but most of the walking is uphill. Don’t forget supportive footwear, something to drink, sunscreen, and clothing for whatever Mother Nature throws at us. Eat a good breakfast!

There are no public toilets near the car park or along the walking trail. There is a public toilet at the train station in Bietigheim.

If you wish to to join the public transport group, be sure to choose the destination “Hohenhaslach Steige” and arrival time of 10:54 when purchasing your VVS ticket. You will be routed through the Bietigheim Bahnhof where Alison will be waiting to take everyone to bus 567 leaving at 10:32.

After the bus ride part of the journey, the public transport group will walk 15-20 minutes up into the vineyards to the parking lot to meet up with anyone coming by car.  Those who are driving should be at the car park at Kelterplatz 11, Hohenhaslach, no later than 11:15.

After the wine tasting it’s about 20 minutes downhill to the car park and then another 10 minutes to the bus stop.

MEMBERS ONLY: TOUR OF STUTTGART HAUPTBAHNHOF CONSTRUCTION (+1 EVENT)

WHERE & WHEN

Sunday the 24th of April at 11:45 (3 hours)
Location/Haltestelle: Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof
Meeting Point: Reception area of ITS/Infoturm Stuttgart
Your host: Emily Born
This event is for members +1 guest

EVENT DETAILS

Didn’t get a chance to go on this tour last month? You aren’t alone, so we’ve scheduled a second one!

On Sunday, April 24th, we will spend three hours with an English-speaking guide from InfoTurm Stuttgart. First we will enjoy their digital and multimedia exhibit and then suit up in vests, boots, and safety helmets to go into the construction area itself. This tour promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

For safety reasons, the minimum age for this tour is 14 and babies in buggies or carriers are not allowed. Participants must be in good physical condition for this tour. Spaces are limited to 19 at this event, so sign up immediately.

THIS IS A +1 EVENT, WHICH MEANS:

    • Any IWCS member is welcome to attend and bring a guest along
    • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, child (14+), or friend
    • You and your guest each pay the member cost listed below.

The cost of this event is €10 per person, paid in advance. The remainder of the tour costs will be sponsored by the IWCS and this is a Round Up For Charity Event (donation included in prepayment) – all proceeds will benefit the Frauenhaus of Stuttgart.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP in the private Facebook event (or use the form at the end of this post if you aren’t on Facebook). To confirm your reservation, please transfer your prepayment to the IWCS bank account no later than Thursday, April 21st . If you have any extenuating circumstances that keep you from getting the funds to us by that date, please speak directly with the host so we don’t assume you are no longer interested.

Prepayments are non-refundable after the payment deadline. Members who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

COVID SAFETY INFORMATION:

As of the date of this blog post, all public Covid-19 mitigation requirements are set to be lifted the first weekend in April, which means there should be nothing extra required of guests for this tour. Things could change quickly between now and the time of the event, so keep an eye on the Facebook event for announcements and updates!

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Please arrive NO LATER than 15 minutes before the tour is due to start i.e. 11:45. Our meeting place is the reception area of ITS/InfoTurm Stuttgart which is located next to Track/Gleis 16 upstairs in the long-distance trains area.
  • Minimum age for this tour is 14 years old.
  • Dressing for this tour: We are required to wear long trousers for safety reasons and it is recommended we bring clothing for any kind of weather, including rain and cold. Wear warm socks because the safety boots can be chilly.
  • Any bags need to be smaller than A4 size (no large bags or backpacks). There are no facilities to leave bags in the exhibition so anything bigger than A4 will need to be secured in the train station lockers.
  • To take part in the tour, each person is required to wear the available safety helmet/boots/vest and sign a statement that they understand the safety rules.
  • Moderate physical fitness is required for this tour  – walking aids are not allowed (this includes Nordic Walking sticks).
  • Photography and filming is only allowed for private use – commercial posting on social media is not allowed. A continuous filming or recording of the tour is not allowed. Our tour guide on the day will let us know where and when filming/photography is allowed.
  • Animals are not allowed.

 

FOR MEMBERS ONLY: FASHION EXHIBIT AT THE LANDESMUSEUM & LUNCH

WHEN & WHERE

When: Thursday, April 7 at 10:30
Location: Landesmuseum Württemberg, Altes Schloss, Schillerplatz 6, 70173 Stuttgart-Mitte
Nearest station: Charlottenplatz or Schlossplatz
Cost: €10 per person (prepaid)Maximum 10 participants
Your host: Heather Tehan
This event is for members only

EVENT DESCRIPTION

Using audio guides, we will tour the special exhibit at the Landesmuseum entitled, “Fashion?! The Elements of Style.” The exhibition will present the highlights of international fashion history from the 1950s to the present. The tour will be followed by lunch for those interested.

The Landesmuseum is both wheelchair and stroller friendly and babies can be brought along in carriers. Taking photos for private purposes is permitted and larger bags and backpacks are required to be stored in lockers at the entrance (bring 1€ coins for the deposit).  The entrance fee includes an audio guide (multiple languages) and you can also download a special smartphone app for a multimedia experience.

COVID-19 SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

At this time of this post, current Corona regulations were set to expire the weekend before this event takes place. Please check the Facebook event for any last-minute changes.

PREPAYMENT & RSVP

The cost of this event is €10 per person, paid in advance. The entrance fee and audio guide will be partially sponsored by the IWCS and this is a Round Up For Charity event (charity donation included). All proceeds will benefit Frauen helfen Frauen. The cost of lunch and drinks is not included.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the pending Facebook event. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the €10 per person to the IWCS bank account to arrive no later than Wednesday the 6th of April. If you have any extenuating circumstances that keep you from getting the funds to us by that date, please speak directly with the host so we don’t assume you are no longer interested.

Prepayments are non-refundable after the payment deadline. Members who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

 

++CORONA RULES RELAXED February 9, 2022++

BaWü updated the state Corona regulations unexpectedly this afternoon.

Here are the changes to Alarmstufe 1 taking effect tomorrow, Wednesday the 9th of February:

👜 All restrictions on retail stores will be removed except the FFP2 mask requirement (no more testing or showing certificates).

📝 Most locations will no longer be required to collect personal data for contact tracing, although they are still recommending that folks use the Corona Warn app for passive tracking and alerts.

⚽️ 🎭 The number of spectators/audience members allowed at public sporting and cultural events will be increased to maximum 50% capacity (events remain 2G/2G+).

🧙‍♀️ Although Fasching parades are still forbidden in the Alarm levels, indoor Fasching celebrations appear to be allowed (without dancing) under the “public events” rules in the new summary.

The newest handy dandy chart can be found here.