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: 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.

 

 

Members Only: Mexican Cooking Demonstration (Zoom)

 

—>RESCHEDULED – Because the available date wasn’t very popular, we are rescheduling this event to the second week half of June – date to follow at the end of May/beginning of June!

When: the second half of June 2021
Where: Online via Zoom

If you love and miss authentic Mexican food, here’s your chance to learn how to make a very popular dish yourself!

Member Ari Villiers and her husband Dennis will be demonstrating how to make Quesadillas de queso with salsa roja (Cheese quesadillas with red salsa) on the long holiday weekend in May. She will even be showing us how to make corn tortillas from scratch – no special tools needed!

If you would like to cook along with Ari and end up with a delicious lunch at the end of the approximately two-hour workshop, you will need to gather the following ingredients, some of which will require a trip to the specialty shop or an online order:

For the tortillas:

  • water
  • salt
  • Masa Harina – the most popular brand of this special flour is called “Maseca” which you can get online or at the Latino Feinkost shop in Stuttgart. Note: This is not the same as corn flour or Maismehl and she does not recommend any substitution for this ingredient.

For the sauce:

  • tomatoes
  • chili peppers
  • onions
  • garlic

For the quesadillas:

  • iceberg or other green lettuce
  • Queso Estilo Oaxaca – a cheese available at the Latino store, can substitute shredded mozzarella in a pinch
  • Queso Blanco Panela – also available at the Latino store, can substitute feta

You will also need vegetable oil and a frying pan.

To RSVP for this event and to receive the Zoom link, either sign up in the private Facebook event or use the contact form below. Members of your household are welcome to join in and help out!

MEMBERS ONLY: IWCS ONLINE PUB QUIZ

IWCS ONLINE PUB QUIZ
For members only
Saturday, 24 April at 19:30
Your host: Emily Born
For information and to RSVP, please use the private Facebook event or the contact form at the end of this post.

Join us on Zoom in April for everyone’s favorite activity – a pub quiz!!

Bring your own snacks, drinks, and something to scribble your answers on. The format will be “each woman for herself” instead of teams, so get lots of rest and hydration that day for top brain performance!!

Emily has been scouring the internet for fun quiz ideas, so look forward to a lot of laughs.

See you there!