Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Walk Through the Vineyard to Castle Staufen

Apparently castle ruins are pretty normal throughout Germany. For us though they're a new sight and  provide an interesting destination. As if the town of Staufen wasn't perfect already they have a castle that sits in ruins on a hill, surrounded by a vineyard, overlooking the town.

It's a lovely walk up. 


 There's that word again! This was a running joke while on this trip. 
Everything was just a 15 minute walk up.

Castle ruin Staufen Germany Lace up and Walk

The castle on the hill was built in 850 and given to Lord Staufin in 1111. In 1634 right in the middle of the 30 Years War it was nearly destroyed by the Swedes. Amazing that parts of it still stand.
Staufen Germany castel lace up and walk

It was so interesting to see the vineyard on the side of the hill. If we had hills in Florida the first good rain would have washed everything down. Those grapevines must have so pretty strong roots.

vineyard staufen germany lace up and walk

OK I'm not sure what to even say about this guy. 
He's guarding the entrance to the path through the vineyard. A little too much fruit of the vine maybe?

Staufen Germany lace up and walk

This was the view of the castle from our hotel room. So pretty.

staufen germany path through vineyard

There was two ways to get up to the castle. The path straight up and this one that meanders back and forth up the hill. Nancy and Charlie choose to go straight up. John and I took off meandering. It was a nice walk. Steep but not too bad.

Staufen Germany castle lace up and walk

It's unbelievable to me that you can just walk up to someplace this old. Walk around at leisure, climb the stairs, walk around the walls. No guards, no admittance fee, no cameras watching you! 

Staufen Germany castle lace up and walk

A beautiful view of the town of Stuafen from the top of the castle. I love the variety of rooftops.

castle staufen germany black forest

Nancy and I enjoy a little rest while the guys explore.

Of course I'll have to tell you about the food in Staufen. But I'll save that for another post!

Lace up and go exploring!

Check out these posts to see more of Staufen
The Legend of Faust and the Pack With the Devil - Staufen, Germany



  1. lol I have to say I am loving the statue, very tongue in cheek. thanks for your comment at my blog :-)

    1. We really got a kick out of him! It was totally unexpected...walking through this quaint little town and wow where did that come from! Fun little discoveries, Thanks for stopping by!

  2. So much fun walking around all the old ruins. Up, being the word of the trip...and it's only a 15 minute walk-ha!


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