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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 …