The December Coronavirus rules have been announced and we are facing at least another month of being unable to meet in person. At this point, it’s hard to say if we will be able to hold regular meetings this upcoming winter at all.

It’s time to get creative!

At our delightful activities planning Zoom meeting in November, we brainstormed up a few new events that combine actually leaving the house with a community activity we can do online! You will see us roll out a couple of these new hybrid events starting in January:

  • CONVERSATIONS ON MODERN ART – This activity is meant to replace tours of local art museums for the time being. Members will be given directions on how to find a public art installation (sculptures, for example) to visit on their own before the date of a scheduled Zoom meeting. Then at the meeting we will use the art as a starting point for our discussion – a bit like a book club, but with art!
  • TREASURE HUNT WALKS – Members will be given a walking route to follow somewhere in the city and a list of clues to try and find on their own before the scheduled Zoom meeting. See how many clues you can find and get some exercise in the process!

Under the current rules, the outdoor part of both events can be done alone, with your household/family, or with one other friend or club member.

Hopefully these ideas (and a few others we are working on) will keep us busy, connected, and safe for as long as necessary this winter. We’d love to hear any feedback or additional suggestions or ideas via the comment form below!

Image by StumblingOtis from Pixabay


Image by Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay

Since we can’t get together in person for our Annual Holiday Dinner and Gift Exchange, this year we are inviting members to join us in our private Facebook group for an interactive Advent Calendar every day in December!

Every evening, we will post the theme for the following day, which will be something related to Christmas in Germany or winter or other December holidays.

Members are then welcome to share a photo from their past that fits the theme or to go out and find something to take a photo of, like a scavenger hunt. Tell us a bit about your photo and what it means to you.

We know that not everyone will have the time to participate every day, but hopefully we will still get to know each other a little better during this unusual time and also have something to look forward to each day.

Looking forward to seeing your photos and comments starting on December 1st!


For members and their families
Sunday, October 18th from 13:00 – 16:00
Location: Schorndorf area, exact location given a week beforehand

Nearest station: Ride sharing is recommended
Maximum 20 participants

We are pleased to be working with local guides Abenteuerreich again this fall!! Our guide will meet us in the car park and give a short intro before proceeding into the woods with us to learn how to recognize and collect edible mushrooms.

We will learn which kind of mushrooms grow in which places, what is a cauliflower mushroom, can one eat giant puffballs and which mushrooms make great tinder. After collecting all our goodies we will then gather to prepare and sample a little of what we have collected.

Please note: as with prior Abenteuerreich tours, the tour will be conducted in German. It’s a great chance to practice your German comprehension and there will be plenty of members there who can help translate (such as your host, Alex Elwin).

This 2-3 hour event will take place in the woods, so please bring along proper walking shoes, a raincoat, camera and rucksack with something to drink. Wheelchairs and strollers are possible to use on the main forest path and babies can come along at no cost. We will be outside, so masks are not required but recommended for when social distancing isn’t possible.

The cost of this event is €10 per adult, €5 per child (5-17) or €20 per family, 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 your participation fees to the IWCS bank account no later than Friday the 2nd 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.


For members and their families
Saturday, October 10th at 10:00
Location: Grabkapelle auf dem Württemberg
, Württembergstraße 340, 70327 Stuttgart

Come and learn about the love of King Wilhelm I and the people of Baden-Württemberg for his wife, Queen Katharina, and how she founded the Volksfest as a thanksgiving party for the people after a good harvest. The couple are buried here and you can learn lots more about them and the place itself through an audio guide tour of the chapel, the crypt and the circular walkway around it.

After this approximately 30-minute tour (it’s only a small place), host Alex Elwin will lead us on a stroll around the vineyards. Feel free to bring a brezel with you, or a small picnic lunch to keep the hunger pangs at bay. There are lots of beautiful spots from which to sit and enjoy the view over the city and vineyards.

We will meet in front of the chapel itself. Parking is available there, or you can reach it via public transportation (Bus 61 from the Untertürkheim S/U train station – the 9:44 bus arrives at Rotenberg at 9:53 and from there it’s a 3 minute walk to the chapel).

The chapel entrance fees will be sponsored by the IWCS and no prepayment or charity round up is required for this event. Please bring €20 along per person for the audio guide deposit, which is completely refundable. The audio guide is available in English, German, and Russian.

Masks need to be worn inside the chapel and a maximum of 17 people can be inside at one time. There are steps up to the chapel and again down to the crypt, so it is NOT wheelchair friendly and strollers are not allowed inside. Babies can be brought inside the chapel in carriers. The walk through the vineyards, however, IS stroller/wheelchair friendly.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the pending Facebook event.