A bit of the history behind the Heidelberg Tun
The Heidelberg Tun was constructed in 1751 and was the third such barrel built in the area. However, it is the only one that remains today. Despite its seemingly whimsical design, the tun served a practical purpose in its day.
In the era when it was created, taxes were paid on goods. And in a region renowned for wine-making, which meant a lot of wine was being collected by the government. The giant casks were used to store these donations, and the wine was combined into a single slurry. We wouldn’t do this today, but people drank wine differently back then.
Although the tun was used to collect taxes, it was mostly empty. However, it still bears the marks of a failed attempt by French soldiers who occupied the castle and tried to break into the barrel for a celebratory drink. The soldiers gave up when they discovered that the barrel was empty.
The Heidelberg Tun is a unique piece of history that continues to captivate visitors today. Its impressive size and elegant design make it a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Heidelberg Castle. Whether you’re a history buff or just love a good drink, the Heidelberg Tun is an unforgettable experience.
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Heidelberg Tun: The largest wine barrel in the world can be found in Germany
Schlosshof 1, 69117 – Heidelberg
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