Regierungsbezirk Stuttgart

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  • Day34

    Staff Blog - Mr Spinner

    July 26 in Germany

    Years ago, a friend of mine (the super talented Northamptonshire based composer and multi instrumentalist Philip Bass) said to me, "The symphony orchestra is one of our greatest inventions".
    It certainly is, and this tour has seen two remarkable groups of people sing and play some very difficult music amazingly well.
    We've been faced with numerous challenges along the way - just one of them being the need to lift the harp up a lengthy staircase in the Archbishop's Palace. Recognising our need for help, a team of student volunteers immediately assembled to help lift our heavy and valuable harp so carefully, it was as if as if they had paid for it themselves.
    I jumped at the chance to be a part of this tour, and I'm so glad I did. The team spirit across the entire group of young people and teachers has made this tour an absolute pleasure. A huge thank you to all of the students and staff for all of the unforgettable musical moments from our amazing choir and symphony orchestra. The standing ovations at our concerts say it all.
    Bravo. Encore!

    Jon Spinner
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  • Day107

    Bad Wilbad Thermal Baths

    October 11, 2016 in Germany

    Vicky still had a few things on her 'list of things to do in Germany' and one was to visit the Thermal Baths at Bad Wilbad. The van was too high to park in the baths' multistorey carpark so we left the van at a campervan parking place about a mile away and headed in through the park. The walk was beautiful with the autumnal trees and a rapidly flowing peaty river that had cut a steep gorge through the valley.

    Palais Thermal contained some of the oldest thermal baths in Europe. The red sandstone building, whilst attractive, didn't draw undue attention when looking at it from the outside. However, the inside was stunning. Mosaic tiled floors led the way through arched doorways into high roofed chambers containing different baths. There were smaller ones for up to about 4 people, medium and larger ones about the size of a learner pool at a leisure centre. Beautiful mosaic wall tiles lined the lower sections of wall, stone pillars rose up from the water, inset arches framed wall paintings and gorgeous stained glass windows whose colours sometines shone on the opposite walls. In the larger baths white stone statues featured in the centre and you could lie back in the warm water and study the stained glass ceilings.

    We were glad to be visiting when we did as there were very few people there and at one point we were the only ones in the main pool with the statue of Venus at its centre.

    The original building had been added to and the complex had a further 2 floors of saunas, plunge pools, showers, swimming pools and an ice machine for you to cool yourself down. On the 2nd floor, you could sit in a sauna or swim in the outdoor pool and have views over Bad Wilbad and the funicular railway trams making their way slowly up and down the autumnal hill opposite.

    This isn't normally the sort of thing we are drawn to do but one of the aims of our travels is to experience things we wouldn't have otherwise and at €21.50 each for 4 hours it was accessible and something we won't forget. We even got into spirit of indulgence and had had a glass of prosecco whilst lying back on wicker loungers in the opulent 'Moorish Hall' lit by around 100 square metres of stained glass ceiling.

    We stayed the night about 70km away in Nurtingen.

    (The photos of inside the baths are from leaflets and a poster).
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  • Day107

    Nurtingen and the van service

    October 11, 2016 in Germany

    Nurtingen is a handy stopover 15 minutes away from the garage. It costs €5 a night but we used a voucher giving us 2 nights for the price of 1.

    For about a month now there has been roadside pumpkin stalls with honesty boxes. We've been meaning to buy one to make soup but many have been difficult to stop at for the van so we were happy to find one that was easy to pull in at along the way!

    Will had booked the van service via email and one of the receptionists spoke good English which made things a lot easier. We'd been asked to get the van there by 8am and be prepared to leave it until 5pm. They'd offered us a hire car at a good rate but unfortunately they didn't allow dogs so that was a no no. However, we were able to stay in the van until they took it in at 9:30am, then took Poppy and her rug into the comfortable waiting area where she made herself at home. The service was completed and the van taken on a test drive by noon. There was a hefty bill but we did get:
    a) Peace of mind that the engine would be in the best condition for tackling the Austrian Alps
    b) A 'free' tin of sausage! (Don't ask whether this is the German equivalent of mints because we are still trying to work it out!)

    We chilled out at Nurtingen for the rest of the day with Vicky giving the van a good clean and Will taking a saunter in to the town.
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  • Day52

    Bad Mergentheim Wildpark (II)

    October 17, 2017 in Germany

    And a few more photos of the awesome animals.

    Kate has overworked the European Tooth Fairy since she has been here. She has lost three teeth in the last few weeks, so quite possibly can now be included in the rabbit display in lieu of Bugs Bunny.

  • Day52

    Bad Mergentheim Wildpark (I)

    October 17, 2017 in Germany

    To provide some relief from the "looking at medieval towns" for the kids, we went to a wildlife park which is only about 30 minutes down the road. It was great to see European animals in a wildlife park which was similar in style to the Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo, except that the animals were a lot closer and it wasn't as big.

    We arrived in time to follow a feeding tour, which was great for a couple of reasons... a) as we started out, there were only about 20 people on the tour, and b) the animals were out and about! The downside... it was all spoken in German, so we just had to follow the crowd when they moved on.

    We saw a number of mountain goats with various horn arrangements, and varying states of hairiness, deer, owls, otters, brown bears (AMAZING), lynx, vultures (AMAZING), a pack of 30 or so wolves (AMAZING), wild boar, raccoons and ferrets, and wildcats. The beavers were in hiding, so we missed out on seeing them.

    You were able to walk through the bird enclosures, so we were really close to the birds. The feeding of the vultures was incredible. The birds fly across the enclosure to attack the meat that is being thrown out, to the point where I had to duck as the vulture flew overhead. I had no idea how big they were.

    There were two brown bears who were being fed apples. They had this amazing way of scooping them out of the pond or rock crevice the apple had landed in, and then balanced the apple on the back of their paw like a dinner table and then ate the apple off that.

    The wolves too were incredible. One or two heads popped over the ridge whilst the feeder was introducing them. She then walked through the centre of the flat enclosure area dropping meat out of the bucket, and within seconds the entire pack had materialised as if from nowhere. It was quite magical.

    The kids got to go into the enclosure to feed the goats and we were also able to feed the deer, until the buck decided feeding time was over and chased them all away!

    I am not sure if it was the opportunity to see new animals that I haven't seen before, but certainly the closeness to the animals combined with the lack of people, but I would go so far as to say that this was the best zoo we have ever been to!
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  • Day52

    Bartenstein AirBnB

    October 17, 2017 in Germany

    Our AirBnB in northern Bavaria is marketed as a baroque-styled holiday house. It is absolutely enormous, but in a ghost town village. There is a little room at the front with its own entrance (not used anymore) which looks like the house may have been part of a telephone exchange, or possible used as a guesthouse or boarding house, as there are 8 little mailboxes in it. Next door is another room with an old fashioned telephone in it.

    There is another part of the house we don't have access to which looks like it might be derelict, although there is a top window open. Craig is hypothesizing a senile old lady lives there.

    The husband is also current debating if the ringing bells on the village gate, right next to our bedroom window, are actually ringing randomly in the middle of the night (I am fairly sure they stop chiming at midnight and don't start again until 6am), but he is adamant he heard them at 3am this morning. I have a feeling he has just set an alarm to check out this theory. So, if a 3am chiming village bell doesn't wake me, I guess the alarm clock will - joy!
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  • Day55

    Our last night in Bavaria

    October 20, 2017 in Germany

    A few other odds and ends from our time in Bavaria...

    Our day trips have included a lot of time driving on small country lanes in the rural parts of Bavaria. A few days ago we started to notice large piles of what looked like rocks from the distance, but up close, in fact, turn out to be large piles of swedes. These are apparently used as livestock feed during the winter.

    There are also a LOT of solar panels covering the rooves of farmhouses and sheds in this part of the world. There are also a lot of wind turbines. We have passed one in particular most days as we head out on our day trip. It has been having problems, so a technician has been in attendance most mornings. All working when we came home last night. Finn wants a picture with it, as they are quite impressive.

    We have also noticed a number of house doors in the villages have chalk writing on the tops of them. They will say things like 20*C+M+B+17. This is taken from a website:

    The letters are an abbreviation of the Latin phrase, Christus mansionem benedicat: “May Christ bless the house.” The “*” represents the star of Bethlehem. The “+” signs represent the cross, and the “20” at the beginning and the “16” at the end mark the year in question. Taken together, this inscription is performed as a request that Christ bless the homes so marked and those who live there. The chalking of doors is a popular tradition on Epiphany or Dreikönigstag in southern Germany.

    Craig has been convinced the bells outside our bedroom ring all night. I've thought they stopped at midnight and recommenced at 6am. Last night he recorded them at 3am, 4am and 5am. They go all night! Crazy.
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  • Day55

    Rothenburg - Spital Gate

    October 20, 2017 in Germany

    At the end of the walkable wall, we came across Spital Gate, which was a fortification built in the 16th century in a figure eight pattern to defend the southern end of the village. Inside there were canons set up to show how these were used as part of the defence system.

    And you could just wander through, no signs, no barriers, no light other than what came through the slits in the walls - fabulous!Read more

  • Day56

    Bad Wildbad

    June 5 in Germany

    Last day in the forest. Have loved it here. Would recommend this place to anyone looking for peace and quiet yet close enough to towns and cities. Landhaus Gruden - Sommerberg/Ba Wildbad. I booked through Home Away/VRBO but they told me it might have been a bit less to book on You pretty much do need a car but you could take the train to most places. But it is easy to drive here, the roads are good and wide enough. (unlike Italy)
    dWent for my last walk in the forest this AM. The area around here is pretty familiar by now so found some of my favorite spots and sat for awhile. Went to "town" for a quick salad lunch and then to the spa/baths. Palais Thermal - there are 2 large spas in town, my host said this was the best so that's where I went. The place was really beautiful. They have kept the Roman bath decor on the lower floor but the upper floors are very modern and amazing. I do not know how many pools they have - they were all over and I am not sure I found everything. They do have 9 saunas - both indoor and outdoor. All at different temperatures. They were all large - about 4-5 levels. The place was not at all crowded so had the 2 saunas I tried to my self. But the best spot to me was the upper Panoramic deck on the top - outside. Spectacular views of the forest on the top of the mountain and the funicular going up the mountain. The pool is an infinity pool on all side. Really something special. And it was also funny. I had read in one of the brochures that "garment-free" sunbathing is allowed on the top deck until evening so I was not sure what to expect. Much to my surprise for some time I found myself to be the only one wearing a bathing suit !! Whoever said Germans are a "staid" race needs to spend an afternoon here !! Life is full of new experiences.

    Dinner locally - Auerbahn - good trout and a lovely outdoor dining area.

    Miles: 5.9
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  • Day46

    Munich to Bad Wildbad

    May 26 in Germany

    Up and out for another new adventure. Made my way to the Munich airport where I rented my new car. A Ford Fiesta - automatic. :-) And with air conditioning which was needed. Weather had gone from perfect temps in the low to mid 70s to upper 70s and low 80s. Today around 80 most of the way. About a 3 hour drive from Munich to Bad Wildbad. Bad Wildbad is a spa town in the Black Forest near the French border. I chose it for a more rural setting (have done 3 cities in a row) and ready for some more hiking. Only made one wrong turn driving, it turned out to be a relatively long detour as where I was supposed to get back on the freeway, the ramp was closed and all the GPS wanted to do was to get me to that on ramp. Finally turned off the GPS and following the signs for a town a bit away and then reset the GPS and found the freeway.

    Arrived here around 5PM, met the owner who kept the orientation short with a promise from me to have tea together later. I needed to get to a grocery store as tomorrow is Sunday and everything will be closed. The area I am staying is up the mountain from the town about 2 miles but a community into itself. Found my way back down the hill and there are 2 large grocery stores in town, tried them both. Very excited to find some Sancere wine at one of them. Check out the town just a bit. There is a railroad station which I can use for free within a certain distance. Will use it to see local area towns just for fun. I want to go to Heidelberg one day - it is about 50 miles from here.

    Back for my "orientation" to the area. Milka (??sp) went through her entire book of tourist information and how to get everywhere and opening and closing hours of restaurants, how to get to the walking trails, etc. We had a cup of tea together, she is lovely but a bit over the top with enthusiasm. They have a lovely outside space here. Lots of lounge chairs and very green with flowers and right on the edge of the forest. I can start walking from the back door.

    On my own and it is almost 8PM. I have my own outside terrace with chairs and table - a great place for my wine. Had picked up a salad for dinner. Enjoyed that outside as well. An episode of Berlin Station (Netflix) and to bed.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Regierungsbezirk Stuttgart, 슈투트가르트 현, Distretto governativo di Stoccarda, District de Stuttgart, Distriktaro Stuttgart, Estugarda, Regierungsbezierk Stuttgart, Región Administrativa de Stuttgart, Regionen Stuttgart, Rejencja Stuttgart, Rexión de Stuttgart, Stocarda, Stuttgardi ringkond, Stuttgart, Stuttgartin hallintopiiri, Vládní obvod Stuttgart, Административный округ Штутгарт, Штутгарт, 斯图加特行政区, シュトゥットガルト行政管区

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