Germany: Scheibel Family Brandy Distillers

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Tasting the fruit of the Black Forest is as easy as dropping into the Scheibel distillery, well-known throughout the region as creators of premium brandy. The careful selection of regional and rare fruits, the distillery’s unique wood-fired stoves and a disciplined aging process all contribute to the fine quality of Scheibel branded spirits. Family owned and operated since its inception, the brand prides itself on both the quality and innovative creativity of its line of spirits. The distillery offers free tastings and  its employees are more than happy to explain the company’s history or the process behind the production of any of their spirits.

Highlights from the brandy selection include Altes Pflümle (plum), Nussler (chesnut) and Wilder Berg-Kirsch (Black Forest berries).

Grüner-Winkel 32, Kappelrodeck (nearby Hex vom Dasenstein winery), Germany

Germany: Baden’s Hex Vom Dasenstein Winery

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The name of this wine cooperative comes from a colorful local legend. According to the story, in 1356AD, the daughter of a local nobleman had an affair with a commoner from the village of Kappelrodeck. Once her father discovered the affair, he banished his daughter from their castle and she was forced to spend the rest of her life living in a cave in a giant rock (the Dasenstein). As she grew older, her nose grew longer and the locals named her the witch of Dasenstein. The Dasenstein rock sits in the middle of one of the vineyards, thus the name of the winery Hex vom Dasenstein, which translates to the Witch of Dasenstein.

About seventy families cultivate approximately 178 hectares of vineyards, leading to a production that is primarily pinot noir, the Baden region’s most widely cultivated red varietal. When stopping by the winery be sure to pick up a bottle of the house branded pinot noir, an old world style wine with deep cherry and plum notes packaged in painted, molded glass bottles.

 Burgundy Square 1, Kappelrodeck, Germany

Baden-Ortenau wine region


Stuttgart’s Television Tower: Der Fernsehturm

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Put into operation in February 1956 after a twenty month construction period, Stuttgart’s television tower was one of the first modern television towers ever built. To construct the tower, a hole 30 meters wide and 8 meters deep was dug as the foundation. Secured by a ring of prestressed concrete, the massive base supports the weight of the entire tower.

Standing at a height of 217 meters, the Fernsehturm is accessible to visitors by an elevator that raises guests up to the bi-level, open-air viewing platform in less than a minute. The views from atop the tower span over the city, revealing the mountain tops of the bordering Swiss and Austrian alps on clear days. The lower level of the circular platform is encircled by a printed tablet that lists the distance from the tower to various cities throughout the world. Inside the top of the tower, visitors can enjoy the restaurant or grab a stool at the bar, Oben, while lingering over the view of the city.

Fernsehturm Stuttgart
Jahnstraße 120, Stuttgart (station: Ruhbank / Fernsehturm), Germany