Die Zwiwwel – general store and tobacconist



brief description: 

This might very well be the oldest tobacco shop in the world that’s still in service. The oldest documented proof is from 1873, when a colonial goods store was founded on the premises. But since the building dates back to 1780, it could be assumed that the store has existed before the official founding year. “Die Zwiwwel“ (which means “onion” in the local German dialect) is still being operated as a traditional general store today. Outside and inside look as if time has stood still. The interior has been kept in the original state. The cash register, for example, which is integrated in the counter, has a marking with the date 1873. That same year, the owner of the store was honorably discharged from the army and received a license to sell tobacco products over the counter. The old cement tile floor has been maintained as well as the cobalt blue tiles on the walls. Original glass cabinets, original door with wrought iron grille.

relevant filming facts

opening times: 
Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 14:00 p.m. And always when the light is on.
general store, cigar store, retro merchandise
period location in original condition, not modernized, not restored
interior architecture: 
historical shop fitting from 1873. Historical wall and floor tiles.
lighting conditions: 
natural light (through small windows, so not much) and artificial light from the illuminated advertising sign above the counter (rather dim)
Background noise: 
the store is located on a moderately busy road in the center of town
narrow, moderately busy road in the center of town
possible disturbing factors: 
Space restrictions: 
Time restrictions : 
to be discussed with the management (filming has to be coordinated with business hours). Closed on Saturdays, but filming could also be arranged during the week
not available
Filming experience: 


Coming on the A6 highway, take exit no. 7 (Blieskastel, Rohrbach) and continue in the direction of Rohrbach and Blieskastel. Turn right (direction Blieskastel) onto Obere Kaiserstrasse. Continue on the L119 and turn right onto the L113 bypass road. Turn left onto Luitpoltplatz, continue straight ahead on Bahnhofstraße, then turn onto Zweibrücker Straße. At the roundabout, take the first exit (Saargemünder Straße) and turn right onto Kardinal-Wendel-Straße.
take the train to Blieskastel


sanitary facilities: 
not available
parking lot: 
not available
electricity supply: 
water supply: 


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