832 Stairs later….

There is a castle in Esslingen called Dicker Turm. The stairs to the top are ancient and offer spectacular views of Esslingen and the surrounding towns.

I had a short teaching day, so Rob and I met in the valley so he could finally tackle the Dicker Turm stairs. The stairs and the walk way at the top are part of the original wall around Esslingen from the middle ages. There is a vineyard just below that grows: Riesling, Grauburgunder (Pinot Grigio), Spätburgunder (late Burgundy), Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah.

The wine they make in this area is usually high in acid, pretty sweet, but fairly tasty! We tried the Cabernet Sauvignon two weekends ago and it was a dry wine with lots of floral notes! Delicious! But, I imagine you are waiting for some pictures….but don’t forget to read on after this set of pictures. We did more!

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After scaling 338 stairs, we decided to grab a beer at our local bar (after failing 3 times to try new bars).

We had our beers, and decided it was time to go home. Two stops into the bus, I said to Rob “Want to walk up those stairs and go to the bar I have been wanting to go to for ages??” to which he responds “Yeah!”. So, we hopped off the bus just as quickly as we had hopped on and started scaling more stairs. 494 to be exact. (832 total if your counting). We were rewarded with the coolest bar we have seen yet!

It is called Vier Peh and they often have live music! It is located very near a hochschule (which is pretty much a place for you to begin an apprenticeship or get more schooling for a specific job). Rob and I decided it is probably a pretty full “college bar” on the weekends. It was empty when we walked in– not even a bartender in sight! They had just opened, but we needed a beer to reward ourselves for all of those stairs! We also noted that they had a pretty delicious looking menu…that included a cheeseburger! Rob has been craving a cheeseburger for some time now (and I can’t say it didn’t sound appealing), so we conducted some market research on German cheeseburgers vs. American cheeseburgers.

Verdict: Just as delicious….and maybe even a teensy bit more tasty!

Verdict on bar: definitely going back and forcing our German friends to come with us!

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