MEMBERS ONLY: Tour of Schloss Ludwigsburg (+1 Event)

Bring a friend along for a fairytale morning with member Angela Weber during an English-language “Duchess Tour” of the beautiful Ludwigsburg Palace on October 13th.

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace (Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg) is one of the largest Baroque buildings in Europe to survive in its original condition.  This extravagant complex stands out not just for its impressive size, but also for its opulent interiors.  Another feature is the unique blend of three quite different architectural styles: Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassicism.

The one-hour tour of Ludwigsburg Residential Palace commences in the apartments of Eberhard Ludwig and then makes its way to the Game Pavilion, the New Palace Wing, the Royal Chapel and Theatre and ends in the Ancestral Portrait Gallery.

We will meet at 10:00 at the Schloss Strasse entrance (see below) and and the one hour tour will start promptly at 10:30

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE LOCATION

Currently the only free entrance to the Ludwigsburg Residential Palace tour is via Schloss Strasse (the “side” entrance along the B27).  All other entrances require a ticket for Blühendes Barock, which is not included in our tour.

Parking is available at the Bärenwiese and the Untere Stadt car park for a fee. Discounted parking is possible at Schlossgarage/Marstallcenter if you have your parking ticket stamped at the entrance.

The Palace is advertised as barrier-free and wheelchairs are available at the ticket office. A maximum of 20 people can attend, so see below to RSVP as soon as possible.

CORONAVIRUS SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

As of the date of this post, this tour requires social distancing, contact data collection, masks for 6 and up, and proof of 3G for adults (vaccination, recovery, or a negative test in the prior 24 hours).

Please note that as a club we will also be keeping a list of members in attendance and collecting contact data for guests belonging to non-member households.

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 Monday, October 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: Halloween Walking Tour of Esslingen (+1 event)

This historical walking tour will include a couple of “gruesome” stories that are fitting for this Halloween-day tour, lasting around 2 hours including time for questions and picture taking.

The tour is about 3000 steps, much of which is on cobblestone streets and there are two sets of stairs and one ramp to navigate. Because of the stairs, the tour is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs, but babies in strollers and carriers are fine (as long as they can be carried up about 12 stairs). Not recommended for very young children because of the scary stories we have been promised.

Current Covid-19 rules – social distancing and contact data collection are required (no masking or 3G). These rules can change at any time, so please keep an eye on the Facebook event for updates.

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 (age: parental discretion)
  • 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.

There are 25 spaces available. 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, October 27th . 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: REMSTAL WINE WALK & TASTING (+1 EVENT)

Are you in the mood for great company, delicious local wine, a chance at a gorgeous sunset, and beautiful autumn colors? Then join us on Friday, September 24th for an English-language wine walk in the vineyards of Weinstadt-Grossheppach (Rems-Murr-Kreis).

We will meet at Prinz-Eugen-Halle on Zügernbergstraße in Weinstadt at 17:30 and then Monika Lang of Remstal Winewalk will lead us up into the vineyards for approximately 3.5 hours in total. We will sample four regular and one sparkling wine and there will be yummy snacks to accompany the tastings.

The paths are paved but you must be able to walk uphill slowly. Don’t forget supportive footwear and clothing for whatever Mother Nature throws at us. Moni will let us know closer to the event what pandemic requirements will apply (masks, distancing, tests, etc.).

The meeting location is in a residential neighborhood with street parking. If you would like to come via public transportation, there are a few options:
1. S2 to Endersbach, then bus 209 gets you within a 7 minutes walk
2. S3 to Waiblingen, then that same bus 209, also a 7 minute walk
3. S2 to Beutelsbach, then a 22 minute walk
4. S2 to Grunbach and we can arrange for car pick up and drop off
Check the VVS website for your best connection.

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 this event is €27 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.

There are 20 spaces available. To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the pending Facebook event. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the  €27 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than September 10th . 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: KESSLER SEKT TOUR & TASTING (+1 EVENT)

Saturday, July 24th at 13:15
For members and a +1 guest (maximum 19 people)
Location: Kessler Sekt Kellerei, Marktplatz 21, Esslingen am Neckar

Nearest station: Esslingen Bahnhof
Host: Alison Tyler

Kessler Sekt is Baden-Württemberg’s favorite brand of sparkling wine and IWCS members are lucky to grab a private tour of through the medieval vaulted cellars of Germany’s oldest Sektkellerei in July. The winding and fascinating history of Kessler began in 1826 and continues to delight locals and visitors alike to this day.

We will meet at 13:15 and the ninety-minute tour will start promptly at 13:30, to be followed by a tasting of three of Kessler’s delicious sparkling wines. You’ll want to eat a decent lunch beforehand, because the portions are generous!

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE LOCATION

Unfortunately the wine cellars are not wheelchair-friendly and the tour is only suitable for people who are able to cope with walking over uneven ground and for those who have no problem with stairs (enclosed comfortable walking shoes recommended). It’s also chilly down there (around 13 degrees) so dress appropriately! Please note that there are no toilets available at the beginning of the tour, only at the end.

Because we are visiting a commercial food production facility, there are extra rules that we will have to follow including:

    • Wear clean clothes and shoes
    • No pets allowed
    • No smoking
    • No eating or drinking, including chewing gum
    • No touching any of the machinery or equipment
    • Do not attend if you are sick or have been in contact with someone who is

CORONAVIRUS SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

As of the date of this post, this tour will require that participants wear masks and show proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test in the prior 24 hours.


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 this event is €15 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  €15 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than July 9th. 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: ENGLISH-LANGUAGE MUSEUM TOUR IN BIETIGHEIM

For members only  – maximum 10 people
Wednesday 14th July 2021 at 10:45
Location: Stadtmuseum Hornmoldhaus, Hauptstraße 57, 74321 Bietigheim-Bissingen
Nearest train station: Bietigheim-Bissingen (S5)

Host Alison Tyler has booked us a fascinating English-language tour at the city museum in Bietigheim in July (Ludwigsburg county). We will be visiting their special exhibition “Orange – the color and attitude of life in the 1960s / 1970s.”

Orange dominated the color spectrum of German everyday life in the 1960s and 1970s. Like no other color, orange embodied the changes and upheavals of that time. It was the trend color in design and fashion and is used to this day as a signal color in public life. Orange stands for the everyday, the new, the energetic, the daring and the creative.

The exhibition focuses on design and everyday household objects. From vacuum cleaners to bathroom curtains to strollers and folding bikes, objects from numerous private collectors are on display.

We will meet at 10:45 and the tour will begin promptly at 11:00 and last for 50 minutes. The museum and exhibit are unfortunately not wheelchair-accessible. and can only be reached via stairs.

FINDING THE MUSEUM
The museum is approximately a 25-minute walk from the Bietigheim-Bissingen train station (S-Bahn) or there are busses from the Bietigheim ZOB that will get you within a 10 minute walk of the museum (check vvs.de for the best route from your location). Nearby parking information can be found here.

CORONA SAFETY INFORMATION
Please bring a mask to wear in the museum and social distancing will be required. Proof of vaccination/negative tests will NOT be needed to attend.

COST & RESERVATIONS
The cost of this event is €5 per person, paid in advance. The tour guide/audio guide 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 the 9th of July. 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  to send in their place.

 

 

OPEN EVENT: Stuttgart City Walking Tour

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! New, current, and prospective members are all welcome to attend. Stroller-friendly.

Current Covid-19 rules for the tour allow a maximum of 25 participants, all of whom must show either proof of full vaccination/recovery OR a negative test less than 24 hours old. Please bring your masks as we are required to wear them during the walk. These rules can change at any time, so please keep an eye on this event for updates.

We will meet at Königsstrasse 1 outside of the i-Punkt meeting place outside of the Stuttgart Marketing office (opposite the Hauptbahnhof) at 9:45 and begin our tour promptly at 10:00 . If you get lost or are late, call Emily’s mobile phone at (0151) 2408 4485.

Please RSVP no later than Monday, July 5th using the form below or in the public Facebook event.

MEMBERS ONLY: VIRTUAL WINE TASTING (+1 EVENT)

VIRTUAL WINE TASTING
This event is for members +1 adult from the same household
Saturday, February 27th at 19:30 on Zoom
Your host: Emily Born
Cost: €35 per package, paid in advance
Pre-payment deadline: Friday, February 12th

Online wine tastings are all the rage these days, so we’ve booked one for our club in February!!

Moni Lang of Remstal Winewalk will be hosting a guided tasting for us in English that will featuring five different local wines. She will mail the bottles directly to your home in plenty of time for the event and one adult in your household is welcome to join in the Zoom call at no extra cost.

Each package includes:

  • four full 0,75 liters of wine
  • one 0,2 liter bottle of sparkling wine
  • a guided tasting for 1-2 people
  • the postage for mailing the wines

Moni is a delightful guide who speaks excellent English and is very knowledgeable about local wines. The tasting will last approximately two hours and we will have the chance to hang around and chat afterwards, if we wish.

This is a +1 event, which means:

  • Any IWCS member plus one guest are welcome to attend.
  • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, or adult child from your household, joining the Zoom call together and sharing the bottles included in the package.
  • You pay the package cost listed below, regardless of the number of people.

The cost of this event is €35 per package, paid in advance. The cost is being 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 Facebook event. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the €35 per package to the IWCS bank account to arrive no later than Friday the 12th of February.

This event must have six paid packages by the pre-payment deadline or it will be rescheduled. Emily will be giving the final numbers to Moni that weekend so that she can prepare and mail the wine in time for the event.

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: ENGLISH LANGUAGE TOUR OF BAD CANNSTATT (+1 EVENT)

For members +1 guest
Thursday, June 24th at 10:15
Meeting point: DB-Info-Counter at Bahnhof Bad Cannstatt
Nearest stations: Bad Cannstatt-Wilhelmsplatz (U) or Bad Cannstatt (S)
Host: Alison Tyler
€5 pre-payment per person, deadline June 17th

Are you ready for our first in-person event since the winter lockdown??

Join us this month for an English-language walking tour through Bad Cannstatt, the oldest part of Stuttgart (dating back to Roman times). Futuristic views, age-old half-timbered buildings and beautiful architectural monuments make this walk an exciting journey of discovery through Swabian history and inventiveness.

We will meet at 10:15 inside of the Bad Cannstatt train station (S/DB) and start our tour promptly at 10:30. The tour is approximately two hours long and is stroller- and wheelchair-friendly.

Coronavirus notes: this tour takes place outdoors and is limited to 20 people maximum. Additional requirements for this tour:
1. Medical masks must be worn
2. Contact information must be given in advance
3. A negative test less than 24 hours old must be presented to the guide to take part in this tour
4. Alternatively, proof of complete vaccination or recovery can be shown

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+ only)
  • You and your guest each pay the member cost listed below.

The cost of this event is €5 per person, paid in advance. The tour guide 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 Thursday the 17th of June. 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.

 

OPEN EVENT: GHOST WALK THROUGH STUTTGART

Thursday, October 15th at 19:15
Location: Downtown Stuttgart
Host: Emily Born
Open to current and prospective members
Maximum 20 people

Because it’s the month of Hallowe’en, we will be taking a fun and spooky “Ghostwalk” through downtown Stuttgart and learn a bit more about the darker side of the city’s history.

This English-language walking tour is being held in lieu of our regular monthly dinner in October. Prospective members interested in learning more about the city and our club are welcome to join us for the tour – just follow the RSVP instructions below!

This entire event will take place outside, so please dress warmly and bring a rain hat or umbrella if necessary – the tour will still take place in all weather! Although our guide will not being wearing a mask (so that we can hear her), we are asking all participants to wear one during the tour for safety.

The cost of this event is €5 per member or prospective member, paid in advance via bank transfer

To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the Facebook event. To confirm your reservation, please transfer your participation fees to the IWCS bank account no later than Monday the 12th of October. 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. Participants who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

Once you have confirmed your reservation, we will send you information about the exact meeting point. Hope to see you there!

FOR MEMBERS ONLY: TOUR OF THE BREZEL MUSEUM & LUNCH

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TOUR OF THE BREZEL MUSEUM
For members only
Wednesday, 14th October at 11:30
Location: Brezel Museum, Badstraße 8, 71729 Erdmannhausen

Nearest station: Erdmannhausen
Cost €5 per person (prepaid)Maximum 10 participants

The pretzel has been the symbol of the bakery trade for as long as there have been craft guilds in Germany. However, their real origin is framed by legends. No other pastry has so many places that boast of its invention!

Join host Alison Tyler in a tour where we will learn about the history of the ultimate Swabian baked good, including a 20 minute video that is only available in German. The rest of the 60 minute tour will be in English.

The tour will be followed by lunch for those interested. The Vereinsgaststätte Erdmannhausen is a 20 minute walk from the museum and is booked for a maximum of 10 people for 13:00.

The location is stroller and wheelchair-friendly. This is an indoor event and you are required to wear a mask inside the building although the guide herself will not be wearing a mask during the presentation.

The cost of this event is €5 per person, paid in advance. The tour guide will be sponsored by the IWCS and this is a Round Up For Charity event. 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 €5 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than Tuesday the 6th of October. 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.