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: 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.

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.

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: OP ART EXHIBIT AND TOUR (+1 EVENT)

IWCS members and their guests are invited to join host Emily Born for an English-language tour of the special exhibit “Vertigo” at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart in March!

Warning: this exhibit is not for the faint of heart (or eyes!). It showcases the jarring world of the mid-1950s Op Art movement, meant to manipulate our vision and overwhelm our bodies. They have also included some 16th-18th century art pieces that also played with optical effects and can be considered precursors to the movement.

We will meet at 17:15 on Friday, March 27th to pick up our tickets and our tour will start promptly at 17:30. The English-language tour will be 90 minutes long and the museum is open until 21:00 on Friday nights so there is plenty of time afterwards to visit the regular collection if you wish. Let Emily know if you are interested in going out for drinks or dinner afterwards so we can make reservations.

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 (adults 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 Sunday the 22nd 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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Members Only – Mindfulness & Yoga Workshop

MINDFULNESS & YOGA LIFESTYLE WORKSHOP  
For members only
Thursday 30th January from 14:00 – 15:30 
Location: Yoga und Pilates in der Galerie Studio; Friedenstraße 12, 70190 Stuttgart-Ost (look for the stairs)  
Nearest Station: Neckartor

Yoga is more than a workout. Practicing a yoga-lifestyle can empower your life and improve your well-being.

Trained in meditation, yoga, and coaching, Stef and Tina are offering a free workshop to their fellow club members in January. The workshop will be held in English and is open to all levels of yoga and meditation ability.

The workshop will last 1.5 hours and the first part will be a mindfulness practice and discussion with Stef (40 min). At the beginning and end we will be journalling our thoughts. All writing is for your benefit and kept personal. Then you are led into visualization and silent meditation. The theme of “Being authentic” will be presented and opened for discussion with the group.

The second part of the workshop will be an “Introduction to The Yoga Lifestyle” with Tina (40 min). We will learn about the benefits of yoga and we will practice a yoga sequence that will leave us energized and calm.

Please bring or wear yoga clothes and a notebook and pen to write with. Please arrive 5-10 minutes beforehand. There is no charge for this workshop but we do need a minimum of three participants to go forward (10 guests maximum).

We are looking forward to sharing this class with you!

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More about Stef:
Stef is a Meditation guide who gives classes in Stuttgart. She is also a Relationship Coach. She believes that Life-Coaching is a way to heal, to see clearer and to move towards our goals and that it improves communication and healing.
As a Relationship Coach, Stef is passionate about supporting women in serious relationships to feel heard, valued and most importantly loved. She wants her clients to love themselves and love their relationships.
Website – Stefanielantin.com
Insta: Stef Lantin
Facebook group: Relationship Realness for Women with Stef

More about Tina:
Tina is a school counselor who recently relocated to Stuttgart. She has had an on again, off again interest in yoga for years but in the past five years her interest has become somewhat of an obsession. She attended yoga teacher training in Miami this summer where she lived on an ashram enjoying the Ayurvedic food, chanting, meditation, asana classes and even the “karma” yoga. She loves spreading the word of the incredible power of yoga. She is currently working as a school counselor but hopes to be teaching yoga in the new year.

Family Event: Tour of the Stuttgart Observatory

ENGLISH-LANGUAGE TOUR OF THE STUTTGART OBSERVATORY
Friday, March 15th at 19:45 
location: Zur Uhlandshöhe 41, 70188 Stuttgart
Nearest stations: Heidehofstrasse and then a 10 minute walk
RSVP to host Alex Elwin via the Facebook event or the contact form below 

Have you ever wanted to see the twinkling stars up close? Not the celebrity ones, of course, but the extra terrestrial ones, through the lenses of a giant telescope? Well, here’s your chance. Join us at the observatory on Uhlandshöhe to be introduced to the fascinating starry realm above.

The tour will be conducted in English, will last approximately 1.5 hours and will begin when full darkness has fallen and in the case of clear skies only. There is a maximum number of 20 people for this tour so sign up now to secure your place.

You are welcome to bring members of your immediate family ages 6 and up. This tour is sponsored by the club, but we are requesting donations of €10 per family or €5 for a person coming alone, to be collected in cash at the event.

Please keep in mind that this tour is weather-dependent and will be cancelled if there are clouds, as we will be unable to see anything. We will keep you posted!

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OPEN EVENT – Tour of the Baden-Württemberg Landtag (Parliament)

BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG LANDTAG (PARLIAMENT) BUILDING TOUR
Open to members, guests, and prospective members
Wednesday the 27th March at 11:00
Location: Landtag, Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 3, 70173 Stuttgart
Meeting point: main door of the Landtag building opposite the three flagpoles
Nearest stations: Charlottenplatz or Schlossplatz
Pre-payment deadline: March 20th


If a daytime event suits your schedule, our amazing Activities Team has planned something special for our members and guests in March.

We’ve booked an English-language tour of the Landtag (Parliament) building in downtown Stuttgart, and have decided to make this event open to prospective members too!

The tour will cover the entrance hall, the newly-built Citizen and Media Center, and the Debating Chamber. Additionally, we will get an introduction to the political system of the state of Baden-Württemberg. The Parliament will not be in session that day.

We will meet in front of the main doors (opposite the three flag poles) at 11:00 and the tour starts promptly at 11:15 and should end by 12:30. The location is stroller and disability friendly and lunch afterwards is a possibility.

We are asking for a donation of €5 per person in support of Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. to be paid in advance to reserve your spot. To take part in this tour, please RSVP in the pending event on our Facebook Fan Page or use the contact form below if you aren’t on Facebook. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the your donation(s) to the IWCS bank account no later than March 20th. Donations are non-refundable after the payment deadline.

See you there!

 

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