Remchingen isn’t right in the Black Forest, but just a few kilometers from its northern edge. It’s also on the historical Bertha Benz Memorial Route and if you’re a car history buff, then you’ll truly appreciate that. The town’s also close to Karlsruhe (only a few minutes away), so don’t have an excuse not to visit.
Mrs. Benz (the wife of Carl Benz) in 1888 rode for 200 km through the Baden-Württemberg countryside in the Patent Engine Car #3, the predecessor of THE Mercedes Benz automobile. There’s nothing like fine German engineering!
Long before Frau Benz took to the paved road, Remchingen had an old Roman one. They weren’t the first to make Remchingen home, there was evidence of a Celtic settlement found here.
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Now, modern day visitors come to see the Alte Kirche (Old Church) which was built in the 1780’s; now a place for art exhibits and book readings.
More of the same goes on at the Löwensaal, in the hamlet of Nöttingen, a half timbered building that’s over 200 years old and the center of cultural life in Remchingen. Folks from all over come to see art exhibits, theater performances, lectures, book readings, concerts, and even dance at an occasional Ball.
Just remember, the Löwensaal isn’t Nöttingen’s only timber framed beauty; there are lots of them in this part of town. Remchingen’s local history museum isn’t housed in one, but it’ll explain the town’s history more. All the better to appreciate them better.
Of course a town like this would certainly have its very own castle. Before you get excited, this 12th century Burg isn’t what you think; it’s in ruins but, it is the site of the town’s outdoor swimming pool. Thank heaven you don’t have to be an aristocrat to enjoy its facilities, just pay your 3.50 Euro and you’ve got yourself a day of fun. :-)
Really, there’s enough to see and do in Remchingen that will give you a few days of fun.