Appenweier Has All The Charms Of The Ortenau, Plus Horseradish

Appenweier is picturesque but not on the map yet as far as visitors are concerned. Now that’s really sad considering the refreshing perspectives this town has on offer in terms of history and culture.

Did you know they even have a horseradish song that used to be sung by those selling the root vegetable door to door? This dates back almost a century when horseradish was the top crop, so to speak, but now it’s actually part of folklore or when some grandmother gets all nostalgic. ;-)

These days they are more into strawberries and so the horseradish man is commemorated in the form of a bronze statue in Urloffen.

Don’t forget to look for horseradish products to take back with you. Who knows, the next time you come they’ll probably have only strawberry preserves signaling the closing of the horseradish chapter of Appenweier history.

Appenweier has more than sharp tasting vegetables to get nostalgic about. They are also quite proud of the local architecture. The St. Martin’s Church in the celebrated Weinbrenner design is a classic example. There’s also the 18th century St. Michael’s Church in the Rococo style.

Appenweier, like most towns in the Black Forest area and the Upper Rhine Valley, will enchant you with its natural beauty. The views on every side are compelling as well as soothing to the senses.

Go jogging, hiking, or simply stroll along the various trails laid out for you to get the best of this natural beauty. The Max-Jordan Lake is a center of attraction and leisure. Vineyards and orchards add to the overall aesthetics compelling you to linger.

Appenweier’s attractions extend further to include a bit of pampering. Check out the Trautmann for an orthopedic treat. Enjoy a tour of a family owned distillery at the Obstbrennerei Wörner where they like to keep things traditional and do it the old-fashioned way.

Lastly, you can’t miss the farmer’s market where you can expect to find goodies heady homemade liqueurs to flower arrangements besides the fruits, vegetables, and the inevitable sausages.

 

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