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xoxoxoBruce 11-08-2019 11:33 PM

Nov 9th, 2019 : A Cask of Thousands
I’m not surprised the see a bar/restaurant shaped like a giant barrel in Germany.

The Giant Cask or Giant Barrel (German: Riesenfass, locally just Fass or, in the local Palatine dialect, the Därgemer Fass), is a tourist attraction in the Palatine spa and district town of Bad Dürkheim in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Palatine? Darth, is that you?


The wine barrel has a diameter of 13.5 metres(44.3 ft), a volume of about 1,700,000 litres or 1,700 m³(449,092 US gal) and is thus the largest cask in the world. However, it is not used for the storage of wine, but houses a restaurant.
The barrel itself is only open during the Wurstmarkt(world's largest wine festival) and for large groups by prior arrangement.
It can handle about 120 people upstairs...

...and 300 downstairs.

I wonder what that chair with the single wheel and the board out the side is about?
What surprised the hell out of me is it’s a real barrel, or at least it was.


The barrel was built in 1934 by Bad Dürkheim vineyard owner and master cooper, Fritz Keller, using wood to fashion it into the standard shape using traditional methods, albeit oversized. To construct the cask nearly 200 spruce trees were felled in the Northern Black Forest, all about 40 metres(131 ft) high. One tree was needed for each of the 178 staves, each 15 metres(49.2 ft) long and 15 cm(5.9 in) thick. In all, more than 200 m³(7063 cuft) of wood was used. The timber was supplied by the Krauth & Co. Sawmill in Rotenbach in the Enztal valley.

With the completion of the Giant Cask in Dürkheim, it superseded by a long way the famous Heidelberg Tun which, with a length of 9 metres(29.5 ft), a diameter of 7 metres(23 ft) and capacity of 221,726 litres(58,574 US gal), and was actually used to store wine, had previously been the largest cask in the world.


Griff 11-09-2019 10:01 AM

I think the chair pivots in place so it doesn't become a trip hazard.

xoxoxoBruce 11-09-2019 10:34 AM

Seems to me the outrigger is a bigger hazard?? The chair back has handles on the top and the back. Maybe there's two wheels at the front lgs making it stable. But still, that outrigger?

sexobon 11-09-2019 10:58 AM

Perhaps that chair makes the place handicap friendly in a novel way. Doesn't look like there's much room for a regular wheelchair.

Or perhaps you can reserve that chair if you know you're going to drink too much wine. They can just cart you out.

Anyway, that's the place I want to be if it rains for forty days and forty nights!

Diaphone Jim 11-09-2019 07:37 PM

I have had no luck figuring out the plan for the apparent three-wheeled chair.
FWIW, the shadow of the wheel itself indicates it is not on the floor.

xoxoxoBruce 11-09-2019 08:06 PM

If that's a shadow and not a skid mark, it looks like it goes all the way to the center of the wheel under the axle. Where's the light coming from? The shadow of the ladder back in on the floor behind, and the seat is over the wheel.

newtimer 11-09-2019 09:40 PM

That chair is made from a keg-wheelbarrow. The part where the person's back goes was originally the floor of the wheelbarrow. Notice the stumps that keep the floor from lying flat on the ground, so you can still wrap your hands around the two lifting-handles after you've rolled a barrel onto the wheelbarrow.
Since the wheelbarrow is standing up at a 90-degree angle, that extra board was added to hold it up. I suspect there's another board on the other side that we can't see.

Do a Google image search for "antique keg wheelbarrow" and scroll down past the arts-and-crafts photos. You'll see a couple of them in their natural state.

xoxoxoBruce 11-09-2019 11:32 PM

Thank you, your explanation makes sense. I couldn't find one with a wheel that small or a headboard big enough for the seat, but it sounds perfectly logical. :notworthy

Griff 11-10-2019 09:41 AM

Well done, newtimer!

Gravdigr 11-10-2019 09:49 AM

I thank you.

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