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From: Heidelberg Castle - Schloss Heidelberg

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Another doorway leads to the Grosses Fass, or Great Vat, a huge wine barrel with stairs that lead to a platform on top.

In the castle's heyday, the vat was filled with wine that the Elector's subjects paid as a tax. The quality of the wine suffered from the fact that it was a blend of whatever was delivered to the castle--including wine that may have been diluted with water, urine, or other substances.

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