Castle Staufen, located on a rise above the town of the same name, was constructed during the early 12th century.
The first (still existing) written mention of the castle can be dated in the year 1248.
During the course of several feuds with the nearby city of Freiburg did the Lords of Staufen fall on hard times and finally came under the control of Freiburg, being required not to act against Freiburg’s interests as well as aid that city and always provide shelter for their troops.
During the 30-Year-War the castle was razed by Swedish troops, only the outer walls survived the fires.
The castle hill now serves as a vineyard for several vintners based in Staufen and some outlying farmsteads.
Location: Staufen im Breisgau (Germany)