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 Annual Winter Event

**Coronavirus Update – The Christmas Garden has 2G+ entry requirements as of 04.12.21**

So maybe we can’t have our usual holiday dinner, but at least this year we can still do something fun together!

All current members are invited to join us at the Wilhelma Zoological Gardens on Tuesday, December 14th for a walk through the magical “Christmas Garden” light exhibit and a hot drink together afterwards. If you haven’t been to this magical experience before, you are in for a treat!!

Eat some dinner, put those little ones to bed, and meet us at the front gate of the Wilhelma at 19:00 when it’s nice and dark. Looking for other members to eat dinner with before the event? Make a post in the Facebook event or our members-only Facebook group.

We will go through check in around 19:15 when the rush settles down and walk through the park together, enjoying the lights. We should be finished around 21:00 when we will meet at a predetermined refreshment stand – hot drinks are on us!

YOU MUST BUY YOUR ENTRANCE TICKET IN ADVANCE

To keep things as flexible as possible, you’ll need to book your own tickets directly on the Christmas Garden website. If you use this link, it will take you directly to the 19:00 entrance ticket. Because parking is limited, they advise guests to use public transportation (www.vvs.de) If do you plan to arrive by car and want a parking spot, you must also book that in advance too.

Please let us know if you plan to attend by RSVPing in the Facebook event or send us an email if you aren’t on Facebook.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!!

CORONAVIRUS SAFETY RULES

This event is now 2G+!!

What this means:

1. 2G+ is required for entry – only vaccinated and recovered guests will be allowed in with a negative Schnelltest not older than 24 hours. (Exception: Those who have received a booster or had covid/their second dose in the past six months do not have to do a Schnelltest)

2. Please remember that they are no longer allowed to accept the yellow booklets are proof anymore. You must have a QR code now that can be scanned (either in paper, digital, or card format). And don’t forget your ID – they are required to ask for it.

3. If you have respiratory or other Covid-like symptoms, please do not attend (or if you have been in close contact with a positive case in the past 14 days).

You can find the current hygiene concept from the event provider here.

We will need our masks for the entrance and for areas where social distancing isn’t possible. Your personal contact data will be collected when you purchase your ticket.

 

 

 

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: SCULPTURE WALK STRÜMPFELBACH

OUTDOOR SCULPTURES WALK
For members and their families

When: Walk and share your photos any time during the month
Zoom meeting: Tuesday March 23rd at 14:00
Location: Weinstadt-Strümpfelbach vineyards
Nearest Station: Endersbach (S) then Bus 202 to Strümpfelbach (Wn.) Kelter

Your host: Alex Elwin

For our third and final winter public art walk, we will tank up on our Vitamin D and blow away the winter cobwebs whilst getting to know the works of a local sculptor!

“Join us” in the vineyards around Strümpfelbach (Rems-Murr-Kreis, east of Stuttgart) to enjoy the view and the art. There are a couple of routes in differing lengths to choose from, including one suitable for strollers.

There are several ways to take part in this event:

  • Do the walk alone -OR- with a friend or members of your household (please follow the contact restrictions in effect at the time of your walk)
  • Do the walk at any time during the month of March -OR- walk the route in time for the March 23rd Zoom call
  • Just enjoy the walk without any additional activities -OR- take photos and let yourself be inspired to create your own art or poetry to share with the group
  • Upload your photos & impressions  in the Facebook event to share -AND/OR- share them with the Zoom call on March 23rd

There is no wrong way and many right ways to participate in this event!

How to RSVP

If you would like to receive information about the suggested routes, please RSVP in the Facebook event. If you do not have Facebook, you can still do the walk and the Zoom call!

 

MEMBERS ONLY: CONVERSATIONS ON MODERN ART – TWO

MEMBERS ONLY: CONVERSATIONS ON MODERN ART – TWO
When to visit: Any time in February
Zoom meeting to discuss: Tuesday, February 16th at 10:00 OR 19:00
Your host: Alison Tyler

Since we can’t currently visit museums together, we’ve decided to try this pandemic-friendly alternative! The plan is to visit outdoor works of art in the Stuttgart area by yourself or with a friend sometime during the month, and then we all get together online to discuss what we’ve seen.

Think book club, but with art!

In February we will be discussing graffiti as an art form. A great place to start is the graffiti art exhibit in the main station in Stuttgart. The Stadt Palais and Kunst Museum also have graffiti exhibitions; although currently closed they have online materials to view.

Perhaps you have seen graffiti murals during your travels or in your current home town? For example, the town of Asperg have recently commissioned graffiti artists to decorate the tunnel into the train station.

Hopefully the art will generate a good deal of conversation. We welcome all opinions, both positive and negative, as long as all are respectfully given.

To take part and receive more details about where exactly to find this art, please RSVP in one of the Facebook events. Alison will be hosting a morning and an evening chat. If you are not on Facebook but would still like to check out the art and join one of the Zoom calls on the 16th, please use the contact form below.

FOR MEMBERS ONLY: MUSHROOM HUNTING

MUSHROOM FORAGING WORKSHOP WITH ABENTEUERREICH
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 ONLY: TOUR OF WÜRTTEMBERG SEPULCHRAL CHAPEL & VINEYARD WALK

For members and their families
Saturday, October 10th at 10:00
Location: Grabkapelle auf dem Württemberg
, Württembergstraße 340, 70327 Stuttgart
NO PREPAYMENT REQUIREDMaximum 17 guests

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.

MEMBERS ONLY: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WALK & COFFEE

Annual International Women’s Day takes place this year on Sunday, March 8th! We would like to celebrate the international women in our group with a “Women Inspiring Women” walk & talk.

Members are invited to join us at 13:30 in Stuttgart-Feuerbach for a guided walk through the nearby woods, stopping at one point to enjoy a spectacular view and a glass of Sekt. Please bring along five facts about a woman who has inspired you and we will share with each other as we walk.

We’ll end our walk with cake, coffee and conversation at the home of one of our members.

The walk will take about 90 minutes and does include a few hills, but all on pavement or well-maintained dirt road. Dress for walking and weather, but if it is too nasty out, we will stay in and enjoy refreshments.

This event is for IWCS members only. While there is no cost you are invited to make a voluntary contribution to our Frauen Helfen Frauen charity at the event.

To RSVP please use the contact form below or the pending Facebook event.

Hope to see you there!
Susan and Alison

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MEMBER + FAMILY EVENT: OPEN AIR MUSEUM WITH ENGLISH LANGUAGE TOUR

Outing to the Freilichtmuseum in Beuren with English-Language Tour
This event is for members and their families
Sunday, October 20th at 11:00
Location: Freilichtmuseum Beuren, In den Herbstwiesen, 72660 Beuren
Nearest Stop : Molkerei in Beuren (best reached by car)
Cost: €10 per family or €5 for an individual

Join member Katja Zajac for a day in the countryside at the open air museum in Beuren! This recreated historical village tells the story of life in the nearby Swabian Alps with twenty different buildings, including farms, houses, workshops, and a bakery.

Children will love the many animals who live in the village (chicken, rabbits, goats, and sheep) and there is even an old-fashioned corner store with candy and sweets to buy.

We will have a one-hour English-language tour explaining the history of the houses and their inhabitants, life on the Swabian Alb as a farmer, and what a typical childhood was like in the area long ago.

Afterwards we will make a reservation for lunch at the museum restaurant (optional) and then you are free to spend the rest of the day exploring the museum grounds which include a playground and an orchard. The grounds are wheelchair and stroller friendly and open until 18:00. Please let Katja know if you are interested in lunch at the Engelberg restaurant at 12:30!

Audio guides in English are available for the permanent exhibition and wagons are available to borrow (20 euro deposit). We are welcome to bring along our own food and drink, or even a picnic lunch for those not joining us at the restaurant.

All members of your immediate family are invited to come along! The tour guide and museum entrance will be sponsored by the IWCS, but we are requesting pre-paid donations of €10 per family or €5 for an individual to reserve your space (maximum 25 participants total). All donations will be included in our annual donation to the Frauenhaus.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP in the Facebook event being set up in the members group or use the form below if you are not on Facebook. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the your family’s donation to the IWCS bank account no later than October 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 (we will be charged by the tour company after that date). Members who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

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Members Only Holiday Event: Mother’s Corner Pumpkin Festival Outing

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MOTHER’S CORNER HALLOWEEN OUTING
Members of the Mother’s Corner group and their families are welcome!
Sunday the 28th of October at 10:00
Location: Kürbisausstellung Ludwigsburg im Blühenden Barock, Schloss Ludwigsburg, 71640 Ludwigsburg
Nearest Station: Ludwigsburg
RSVP/Prepayment deadline: October 14th

Halloween is coming to get you!!

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble. We invite you to have a Spookilicious time at the Pumpkin Festival in Ludwigsburg with the IWCS Mother’s Corner on October 28th at 10 am.

Members and their families are welcome. Cost is €5 per family, with the remainder of the entrance fees will be sponsored by the club. Please meet us at the main entrance promptly at 10:00 to distribute the tickets. If you absolutely must arrive later, please do contact us.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP in the pending Facebook event or use the form below if you are not on Facebook. Remember this event is outdoors, so please dress appropriately!

To confirm your reservation, please transfer your €5 to the IWCS bank account no later than October 14th. 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.

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