The Ortenau town of Ettenheim isn’t one of those towns with an overabundance of museums (it has one), or a place where some super fantastic historical event took place. It’s more of a quiet town along the Black Forest with some fun sport activities (there’s quite a few), summer music concerts, and wine.
That’s not to say that Ettenheim doesn’t have anything historical to see. How could it not, the town’s about 1200 years old!
The town has a wonderful local history museum that’s housed in an old prison (that’s historical). There’s also an old medieval monastery known around here as Kloster Ettenheimmünster, which is actually older than the town itself.
After a visit to the old monastery, it’d be great to end the day with an outdoor music concert. Ettenheim holds a summer music concert series and you might be pleasantly surprised by what’s playing.
It’s OK if you’d rather be out in the Schwarzwald. We can’t all be sitting around eating Black Forest Ham or Black Forest Cake all day. Forget I said that. Yes, we can sit around eating all day. Pair it off with a great glass of locally made wine and you’re all set. ;-)
But, at least you’re burn off all those oh-so-delicious calories with miniature golf, beach volleyball, beach soccer, and table tennis which are located at the outdoor swimming pool alone.
Not to mention, there are walking, cycling, Nordic Walking, and mountain biking trails through the forest itself.
To experience all of Ettenheim, maybe it’s a good idea to spend the night (or more) here. One place is the Metzgereigasthof Rebstock, a local hotel with affordable accommodations and rustic restaurant. Don’t worry if it’s a good place to stay, they’ve been a family run hotel for 150 years; so they’ve had plenty of time to get it right.
Actually, that’s fitting of Ettenheim itself. She’s had plenty of time to get it right for resident and local alike. :-)