Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that manages some of the United Kingdom's unoccupied royal palaces. These are: Tower of London Hampton Court Palace Kensington Palace The Banqueting House, Whitehall Kew Palace with Queen Charlotte's Cottage Hillsborough CastleHistoric Royal Palaces was set up in 1989 as an executive agency of the Department of the Environment. In 1998 it became an independent charity, contracted by the Secretary of State for Culture and Sport to manage the palaces on behalf of the Queen, it receives no funding from the Government or the Crown, depending on the support of visitors, donors and sponsors. 4.25 million people visited the palaces in the 2014–15 financial year. Occupied royal palaces, such as Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, are maintained by the Royal Household Property Section, some are open to the public; the organisation is jointly curated by Tracy Borman. List of British royal residences Tales from the Palaces

California Shenandoah Valley AVA

The California Shenandoah Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area that includes portions of Amador County and El Dorado County, United States. The region was first settled during the California Gold Rush in the nineteenth century, settlers in the region began planting the first grapevines and producing the first wine soon thereafter. In the 1970s, Sutter Home Winery began bottling varietal Zinfandel wines made from Shenandoah Valley grapes, in 1983 the region became a designated AVA; the most important grape variety in the region is Zinfandel


The Weinbergerhaus is a run mountain hut, 1,270 metres high, in the Kaisergebirge mountains in Austria above the town of Kufstein/Tyrol. The Weinbergerhaus is located on the Brentenjoch saddle in the Wilder Kaiser nature reserve in the Kaisergebirge. For that reason the mountain hut used to be called the Brentenjoch Hut. Towards the west the view takes in the Inn valley and Kiefersfelden, and, to the north in clear weather, Rosenheim can be made out. To the east of the Weinbergerhaus is the Gamskogel peak and a rolling alm where dairy cows graze in the summer. To the south the rugged crags of the Wilder Kaiser form an impressive backdrop against the light at sunrise and sunset. By car via the A12 or A93 to the Kufstein Nord exit and to the valley station of the Kaiserlift or to the car park in Kufstein Mitterndorf at the edge of the wood. By rail to Kufstein station and on foot to the start of the climbing path in Mitterndorf or the Josef Madersperger memorial or by town bus to the Meraner Straße bus stop, a few minutes walk from the Kaiserlift valley station.

On the Kaiserlift to the top station at Brentenjoch and a ten-minute walk from Kufstein-Sparchen through the Duxeralm and along the Adler Way in 1½ hours from the Josef Madersperger memorial along the Elfenhain to the Duxeralm and along the Schneerosen Way and the Panorama Way in 2½ hours from the centre of Kufstein and Mitterndorf via the Berghaus Aschenbrenner and the Panorama Way in 2½ hours along the Adler Way to the Kaindl Hut over the Gamskogel to the Kaindl Hut along the Bettler Trail to Anton Karg Haus in the Kaisertal valley From the Kaindl Hut or the Anton Karg Haus the trip may be extended into worthwhile circular or multi-day tours. The Weinbergerhaus may be reached by mountain bike from Kufstein-Mitterndorf on two trails, either via Berghaus Aschenbrenner or the Duxeralm. There is a round trip, that can be extended with a short spur to the Kaindl Hut; the same trails are used by fell runners. It is possible to paraglide from the Weinbergerhaus. There is a toboggan run through the Brentenjoch to the Duxeralm.

From there via Waldkapelle to Mitterndorf or via the ski piste to the Hinterduxer Hof and along the toboggan run to Sparchen. From the Weinbergerhaus there is an unprepared, but avalanche-safe ski piste down to the car park of the Kaiserlift, which may be ascended by ski tourists. Kompass Wander-, Bike- und Skitourenkarte 09.