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: 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.

 

 

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: 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 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.

MEMBERS ONLY: WORLD OF TRAMS MUSEUM

IWCS members are invited to join host Alison Tyler for an English-language tour of the Strassenbahn Museum in July!

In this multifaceted exhibition in a large 2,500 square meters, our tour guide will show us the highlights of Stuttgart’s tram history. Marvel at the first horse-drawn tram from 1868 and experience the development of the vehicles up to the “Stuttgart classic” GT4, which was replaced in 2007 by today’s light rail. Detailed themed islands take up individual aspects from operation and technology and present them particularly vividly. A separate exhibition deals with the development of the buses.

We will meet at 12:45 on Sunday, July 26th at the payment point near the main entrance to pick up our tickets and our tour will start promptly at 13:00. The English-language tour will be 60-90 minutes long and afterwards we will have the option to ride the Old Timer Line #23 as a round trip.

This event is for members only plus spouse or partner, up to 10 people (including host). 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.

If you would like to ride the optional Old Timer tram afterwards, it will cost an additional €9 per person round trip, paid at the museum.

CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS:

  • This event is in a very large hall
  • You must wear a mouth and nose covering during the museum visit and on the Old Timer tram
  • Hygiene regulations at the museum require visitors to disinfect their hands upon arrival or after using the toilets
  •  Please keep a minimum 1.5 meter from all other persons/couples, where possible

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 Friday the 17th 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 or guest to send in their place.

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MEMBERS ONLY: TOUR OF MERCEDES BENZ ARENA

MERCEDES BENZ ARENA TOUR
For members and their families
Sunday, April 26th at 13:45
Location: Mercedesstraße 87, 70372 Stuttgart
Nearest stations: Neckarpark
Hosted by Alison Tyler

Join us in April as we explore the home ground of VfB Stuttgart and learn everything worth knowing about the arena, its history, and the beloved local football team.

Feel the emotions in the Cannstatter Kurve where the hardcore fans stand and cheer and enjoy the atmosphere of the VfB dressing room. Our planned program (subject to last minute changes) includes:

  • VfB team cabin
  • cabin passage
  • passage through the player tunnel with inlet music
  • field edge
  • press conference room
  • media hall
  • Cannstatter curve with standing area
  • grandstand with box seats
  • Fan shop with 10% off using your ticket

This English-language tour will be 90 minutes long and was a huge hit when we did it a few years ago. The tour is NOT their barrier-free one and will include many stairs. Please wear walking shoes for your safety and note that photographs are allowed but filming is not. Animals are expressly forbidden on this tour.

We have a maximum of 25 participants allowed on this tour and need a minimum of 15 for it to go ahead. Children of all ages are welcome and will enjoy this tour very much, but please keep in mind there are lots of stairs to climb and buggies are not allowed.

This is a family event, which means:

  • Any IWCS member and members of her immediate family are welcome to attend (partner, spouse, and/or children)
  • You and your guests each pay the member cost listed below.

The cost of this event is €5 per adult and €2.50 per child (6-17), paid in advance. Kids 5 and under are free. The tour  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 €5/2.50 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than Sunday the 12th 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.

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MEMBERS ONLY: THE AZTECS AT THE LINDEN MUSEUM

LINDEN MUSEUM ENGLISH-LANGUAGE TOUR: THE AZTECS
Wednesday, April 1st at 17:00
Location: Lindenmuseum Stuttgart, Hegelplatz 1, 70174 Stuttgart
Nearest stations: Hauptbahnhof/Rosenberg
Host: Alex Elwin

IWCS Members are invited to join us in April for an hour-long English-language tour of “The Aztecs” special exhibit at the Linden Museum, featuring a new in-depth view of Aztec culture at the time of the Spanish invasion 500 years ago.

We will be led through the emperor Moctezuma’s palace and will then enter the innermost part of the Aztec empire, the sacred Templo Mayor, seeing fabulous stone sculptures, mosaic masks, featherwork and gold jewelry, as well as colourful picture manuscripts along the way.

There will be an option to join for drinks/dinner afterwards, please let Alex know if you are interested!

The cost of this event is €5 per person, paid in advance. The tour guide and entrance fee will be sponsored by the IWCS and this is a Round Up For Charity event with all proceeds benefitting 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 Sunday the 15th of March. 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.

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