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Giant Casks and Barrels in Germany

April’s guest blogger is Jeff from Batch and Narrative. If you haven’t visited yet, I highly recommend you do. Start with this post about Jeff’s favorite novel. Enjoy!

Last year I went to Germany, and found out the country was seemingly full of giant casks, barrels, and other drink-holding containers. The most famous of these seems to be in Heidelberg, at Heidelberg Castle. It is a giant “tun,” or wine vat, that can hold 58,574 gallons of wine. A graduate school professor has specifically told me to see it. Before traveling, I asked him how large the tun was, and I’ll never forget his answer: “Large enough that if you fell off it you’d never fall off another again.” And I would have to agree that he was correct.

Heidelberg Castle is amazing without its tun, which is good, because just down the road in Bad Dürkheim there is a larger barrel that could hold 450,000 gallons of wine. I say “theoretically” since the actual barrel is also a restaurant—you’d just have to stuff up the doors and windows to make it hold wine, I presume. What is funny is that I’ve always associated giant tourist attractions—you know, attractions that are literally abnormally large objects, not attractions that attracts lots of people—with roadside America. Turns out, however, that other countries aren’t much different than ours than we might think.

–Jeff

Jeff runs https://batchandnarrative.com with his wife Leah, where they write about cooking, writing, and everything else. Jeff is a high school English teacher, and Leah is a dietitian. They’ve lived in North Carolina for about a year and are so far loving it.

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