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Dürkheim barrel

Cooper master Fritz Keller built in 1934 on the sausage market area of his hometown Bad Dürkheim at the German wine route in the palatinate the now world-famous "giant barrel". In the Black Forest, almost 200 pines, each 40 meters high, were felled for the gigantic barrel construction. One fir-tree was necessary to make one of the 178 staves 15 meters long and 15 centimeters thick. The transport of these overlong fir trees from the Black Forest to the Palatinate was only possible at night and with a special permit. Fritz Keller and his helpers processed more than 200 cubic meters of wood to create the giant barrel with a diameter of 13.5 meters and a volume of 1.7 million liters. It stands today beside the federal highway 37 Bad Dürkheim - Kaiserslautern. This in volume largest barrel in the world was never filled with wine or was not intended for that, but should not diminish the enormous Küferleistung.

Dürkheim barrel / restaurant

Inside the barrel is the "Restaurant Dürkheimer barrel" (Owner Carsten Thüne) housed. The interior corresponds to the original external shape. On the ground floor, for example, there are ornately hand-carved oak wood barrel floors on the walls, which tell of the wine becoming. They are also attractive views from the walk-in gallery. Because of the large number of visitors was in 1958 a rustic equipped Weinbütt for about 150 guests in the style of the giant barrel grown. In summer, around 300 people can sit in a vineyard in the shadow of the giant barrel. The premises in the Dürkheim barrel are also regularly used for various wine events. There are tastings, culinary wine tours and many other activities of Palatine wineries such as the vintners' association Forum Pfalz instead of.

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