Staufen castle was probably built in the 12th century to the site of ancient Roman era watchtower. It was first time mentioned in 1248 and owned by the Staufen family until the 17th century. Since 1607 the castle was no longer inhabited. The undefended castle was occupied and destroyed by Swedish troops in the Thirty Years' War in 1632.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)


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Akanshya Hazarika (3 years ago)
Tranquil place to be when visiting Staufen. There is a nice view from the top of the vineyard as well.
Tiago Morais (3 years ago)
Very cool castle
john palmer (3 years ago)
Great walk and panoramic views at the top
Nik Getmygrubon (3 years ago)
Lovely ruin in beautiful Staufen. Take a hike up for the view and grab a slice of cake when back in town.
Bilal Sheikh (4 years ago)
Nice views over the Rhine valley and black forest. Free entry. Definitely worth the walk.
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